With an injury list numbering in the high 20s Suttonians could ill afford to lose their starting out half Jamie Ward to sickness on the morning of the game, and to have that compounded by losing Darragh Kelly in the warm up. It was always going to be a big ask heading to, the now league leaders, Seapoint shorn of so many regulars and it ultimately proved so.
Kilbogget was it’s usual balmy self with a bitterly cold wind blowing straight down the pitch and favouring the home side for the opening 40. A mistake from the otherwise solid Mikey McGiff led to the opening try for Seapoint. They proceeded to pound away at the Suttonians line but the defence held firm, a penalty all that Seapoint could add to their tally as half time approached. 10 points was never going to be enough with the conditions on the day but a rather dubious decision to allow play continue from a scrum that had turned nearly 180 degrees led to a converted try right on the break. The Sutton front row, of Brian Digan, Oscar Reilly and Gar Connolly, can feel somewhat aggrieved as they had the measure of their opponents all afternoon.
The wind abated slightly in the second half and Suttonians were first to score through their busy flanker Liam Litchfield. However that was one of the few highlight for the visitors, as injuries mounted, the home side taking control running in another 3 tries, coming out comfortable winners.
Next up is the visit of Kilkenny to Station Road this Saturday at 2pm before a well earned break till the New Year. It promises to be a great day in Sutton with the women’s team hosting UL Bohemians at 5pm under the lights, directly after.
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