Ireland inspire Dundalk U9s to fine performance at Old Wesley

The U9 Dundalk squad headed to the sunny southside of Dublin to play Old Wesley on Sunday morning, inspired by Ireland’s efforts against Italy the day before.

The U9 Dundalk squad headed to the sunny southside of Dublin to play Old Wesley on Sunday morning, inspired by Ireland’s efforts against Italy the day before.

The Black Sharks began in rip-roaring fashion with Oisin McBride and Josh Spaight putting the opposition on the back foot with some brilliant direct running.

Ewan Kelly, Max Valentine and Eoin Purton maintained the momentum with some superb interplay and off loading.

In the second game, the lads were up against a tougher side but they upped the aggression and tackle count with Iarlaith Connolly, Darragh Collier and Tom Cunniffe to the fore. Old Wesley also came up against some ferocious tackling by Michael Carroll and Ciaran Leyden.

The game was slipping away from the Dundalk lads, until in the final minute DD Reilly produced a moment of magic as he danced around four tacklers to equalise in the corner.

The White Sharks opened their proceedings with a tough physical battle with the first Old Wesley side. Ryan Martin and Jake Kenny took the game to the opposition right from the off with some very determined carries.

Twins Thomas and Liam McNamara punched large holes in the Wesley defence with their running as Donal Lavery and Luke O’Connell clocked up two fantastic scores each.

The lads continued their form into their second game. A barnstorming run from Enda Dooley kickstarted a great passage of rugby, capped off with a fine try by Rory Wallace with Jacob Dunlevy and Eamon Donnelly to the fore for them.

Black Sharks: Tom McCunniffe, DD Reilly, Iarlaith Connolly, Ewan Kelly, Adam McCoy, Oisin McBride, Michael Carroll, Eoin Purton, Ciaran Leyden, Max Valentine, Darragh Collier, Josh Spaight.

White Sharks: Enda Dooley, Eamon Donnelly, Thomas McNamara, Liam McNamara, Rory Wallace, Cian McGuiness, Luke O Connell, Jacob Dunlevy, Jake Kenny, Donal Lavery, Ryan Martin.