It was a long journey to Longford for the senior rugby team on Friday, 22nd January, as they travelled to play in the Leinster Development Cup semi final against Moyne Community School. The CB team were determined not to let the lengthy bus journey be an excuse or reason to start the game slowly against the home team, and with strong ball carrying from the forwards and Cian Hadden using the wind wisely by kicking into the corners, good territory and possession was gained by Carnew. This was eventually rewarded with a try by Stanley Hadden, and another soon followed by Seamus Tomkins, converted by Cian Hadden, giving a 12-0 score line at half time. Further opportunities to take an even further lead at the half unfortunately weren’t taken, and with the added disadvantage of having to play against the wind in the second half it was going to be a tough 40 minutes.
Cian Hadden slotted over a penalty early after the re-start to give a 15-0 lead. Nevertheless, the Moyne players were determined to stay in the game, and so they did by responding quickly with a converted try, 15-7 and not much separating the two teams. The ‘mucky’ pitch, wind and rain were all having an impact on the game at this stage. Moyne were piling on the pressure but it was great to see the CB team being able to calm the storm and Cian Hadden again did well to kick a penalty in the last five minutes to take the score that little bit further out of Moyne’s reach. The score line finished on 18-7. The senior rugby team are now looking forward to play in the Leinster Development Cup Final against Ardee Community School, Co Louth.