30th September 2017
Monaghan U16 v Co Cavan U16
Saturday 30th September saw the opening game of the underage league campaign for Cavan's under 16's, an away fixture against our near neighbours Monaghan RFC. On a dry and bright day for rugby this turned out to be a pulsating contest. Monaghan got off to the better start and scored 2 early tries, both were converted. Cavan tightened up their defence and really came into the game. There was great tackling by Leon Mulcahy, Jack , Brandon Cooke and, ...in particular, Ben Speares. As a result of a prolonger period of possession Cavan got the ball out wide and then pummelled the blind side. Conal Sweeney, playing out of position at inside centre, then ran through 3 or 4 tackles to score in the corner. Halftime 14-5.
Cavan continued where they left off and had the lions share of the possession against for most of the 2nd half. The backs moved the ball with excellent link play by the 2 centres, Conal and Liam Bannon. After good play James Gannon scored in the corner. The forwards worked hard all day. They need to learn from this and be more aggressive and competitive at the breakdown. That been said James Moore, Joe Kiernan and John Conaty stood out. Paddy Breslin, on a 2nd half replacement, scored an individual try from his own 22, breaking through numerous tackles to score. Cavan were leading by 1 with eight minutes to go. Monaghan the scored three quick tries to win 29-15. The Cavan boys were out on their feet after a great effort. There were encouraging signs for the season ahead but areas that need to be worked on.
Squad: Joe Kiernan (Capt), John Conaty, Ryan Waters, Alex O'Connell, Jack Heaslip, Eoin Gilsenan, Cian McPhilips, Jack English, Brandon Cooke, James Gannon, Conal Sweeney, Liam Bannon, Ben Speares, Leon Mulcahy, Cian Fitzgerald, James Moore, Ben Reilly, Paddy Breslin, Niall Ward, Paddy Mulligan, Ross Armitage, Robert Nauilin
Cavan Under 16's victory against Dungannon
Co Cavan RFC 36
Co Cavan RFC under 16 team played on Saturday 3 December against Dungannon RFC in Swellan Park. In near perfect conditions for rugby both teams didn't disappoint. The first half was a tight affair with Dungannon getting on the score sheet first with an opportunist break away try. Cavan responded with great character and had the majority of the possession for the rest of the half. All there pressure resulted in a hard worked try scored by the determined Paddy Breslin who got the ball after good half back play by Neil Lowry and Aaron Mulcahy, with Jamie McMullan linking and passing to Paddy, who worked hard and ran fast down the right wing and scored in the corner. Dungannon came straight back and scored on the stroke of half time.10-5.
The second half saw the Cavan team more direct in their running and more committed at the breakdown - Aymen Rahim and Jordan Good were particularily effective. Jamie McMullan scored the first of 4 tries as the result of good forward play. Liam Fannon won primary passion off the lineout, the ball moved to swiftly Jamie at first centre. Jamie then broke two tackles and sprinted 40 metres to score. Other tries came as the result of good play by Joe Kiernan, dynamic in the loose, and Adam Brady, always looking for space to make a break. The backs were now in a groove and Oisin Connolly linking well to free Leon Mulcahy on the left wing - Leon did as all good wingers do and touched down in the corner to score Cavans 5th try. Neil Lowry converted his second of 3 successes. Cavans defence was superb with Jack Heaslip making try saving tackles and Cian McPhillips full committed at the breakdown. The final try was scored by McMullan to leave a final score of 36-17.
Team: Adam Brady (c), Neil Lowry, Liam Fannon , Jordan Good, Paddy Breslin, Jamie McMullan, Aymen Rahim, Joe Kiernan, Cian McPhillips, Aaron Mulcahy, Leon Mulcahy, Jack Heaslip, Oisin Connolly
Under 16 Shield Final :
Cavan RFC 10 vs Enniskillen RFC 32
Teams can be defined by results, but never by results alone. Co Cavan RFC under 16 team are a collection of players who, despite losing their Shield cup final, showing the kind of character and resolve that can only stand them in good stead for the future.
Having been beaten by 4 scores to nil in the first half (Cavans only 1st half score was a penalty) the boys came out with greater purpose and unity in the second half. It was then that the true spirit of the team was in evidence. The leadership qualities of Ilan Farrell and Adam Brady; the courage in defense of Kilian Rudden, Leo Doyle, Andrew McNally, Jack Lynch and Jamie McQuaide; the determination in attack of Jamie McMullan, Ryan Maguire, Liam Fannon, Philip Speares and Oisin Connolly; and the honesty of endeavour by Jake Condon, Conor Geoghegan, Ciaran Jermyn and Adam Farrell.
The second half showing at its best was exemplified by the last 5 minutes of play. Cavan, having had more of the possession in the half, had made their way into Enniskillens 22. There was a number of phases, with great carrying by Ryan and Adam, and well constructed passing and direction from Neil Lowry at scrum half, and Cavan were awarded a penalty 10 metres out. A quickly taken tap by Lowry was fed to Adam Brady, ably supported by Jordan Good and Kilian Denning, Brady was going to be stopped by no one (Sean O'Brien or Rory Best included) and scored in the corner. Leo Doyles conversion, from the hardest of angles and distances, was successful.
Conratulations to Enniskillen on their worthy win, they are a good team and we look forward to renewing the rivalry next season.
Mention must be made of the rest of the Cavan squad who all played their part throughout the season; Breen McGuaran, Stuart Smyth, Christopher O'Connell, Eoin McCaffrey, Manuel Martin Seijas, Kilian Brady. Special mention must be made of Gary Farrell, Head Coach, Garys committment and dedication to this team is second to none. Good luck to the boys in their sporting activities over the coming months, be they gaelic, soccer or athletics, and we looking to seeing them back at training in late August.
Under 16 v Enniskillen
13th February 2016
Co Cavan RFC Under 16 team played a home fixture at Swellan Park against Enniskillen RFC on Saturday February 13. On a crisp early Spring morning both teams were up for a big game from the start
but unfortunately for Cavan they both came up against a strong Skins teams aswell as not getting good breaks that their play deserved. Enniskillen scored twice in the first half with the help of a breeze at their backs but it was Cavans forward who kept in to that. All eight put in a huge effort with Ryan Maguire tackling like his life depended ion it and Adam Brady, Jack Lynch and Ciaran Jermyn competing tigerishly at the breakdown. The second half saw the backs show a wider expansive game. Ilan Farrell lead the backline well and with slick passing made openings for his centres Jamie McMullan and Manuel Seijas (our Iberian signing in the winter). Cavans tackling was patchy at times but credit must be given to Conor Geoghegan, Phillip Speares and Eoin McDonnell for making the hard tackles when it mattered. Enniskillen emerged victorious. This group of players from Co. Cavan Rugby Football Club played right to the end, with a strength and depth of character that is truly to be admired. They are a credit to their club, to their families and, most importantly, to themselves. Their day will come.
Squad: Adam Brady c, Ciaran Jermyn, Jake Condon, Jordan Good, Ryan Maguire, Jack Lynch, Adam Farrell, Phillip Speares, Eoin McDonnell, Neil Lowry, Ilan Farrell, Jamie McMullan, Manuel Seijas, Liam Fannon, Conor Geoghegan, Oisin Connolly, Glenn Browne, Eoin McCaffrey, Christopher O'Connell, Coach Gary Farrell
Co Cavan RFC U16's challenge game against Monaghan
Monaghan u16 - 40
Cavan u16 - 8
29th October 2015
A challenge game under the lights on Thursday night in Monaghan was the setting for some of the fringe players of the 30 man u16 squad to lay a claim to a regular starting spot, and they did not disappoint leaving there coaches with several selection headaches ahead of there next league game. Cavan Monaghan games are always a physical encounter at all levels and the tone for this game was set early doors when full back Andrew McNally put in a bone crunching tackle five meters from the line to save what was a certain try. The Cavan Pack dominated scrums in the first half on and won the majority of the own line out ball giving the backs a good platform to attack from, however the pace of the Monaghan outside center exposed some defensive frailties and Monaghan led 15-0 at half time. Six Changes were made in the back line at half time and three in the pack but even with several players out of position Cavan started the stronger camped in the Monaghan twenty two, but a stubbern Monaghan defence stood strong and put the game beyond Cavan with a breakaway try. The number of changes started to tell as four more try's followed before Stephen Lovett scored a consolation try for Cavan and Leo Doyle kicked a penalty. Despite the score there is plenty of excitement and optomisim within the club around this squad of players which are developing into a strong talented group.
Starting xv: Ciaran Jermyn, Jaime McQuaid, Ryan Maguire, Jack Lynch, Liam Fannon, Adam Farrell, Philip Spears, Stephen Lovett, Neil Lowery, Ilan Farrell, Leo Doyle, Fearghal McCaul, Mathieu Oherissand, Glenn Browne, Andrew McNally. Subs:Connor Geogegan, Stuart Smyth, Kelvin McNally, Eoin McDonnell, Chris Elliot, Killian Denning, Cian Poyntz, Aaron Mulcahy, Darragh Gaffney
Not Available: Adam Brady, Jamie McMullen, Ryan Hughes, James Crosfield, Jake Condon, Killian Brady, Oisin Connolly