Highflying Highfield set a marker down against AIL Division 2 leaders Navan

Highflying Highfield set a marker down against AIL Division 2 leaders Navan
Highfield's Luke Kingston on the break against Navan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

HIGHFIELD coach Timmy Ryan was very pleased with his side after their home win over leaders Navan last Saturday, a result that sees them go top of Division 2A of the All Ireland League.

“I thought we made hard work of it in the second half but at the same time, it is 40-10 at home against the top team that have not been beaten yet.

“I think we have set a marker down there today.

“To be honest about it they only scored one try and the other was when we dropped the ball and they flukily kicked it through.

“At the same time Navan did do a lot of nice things and you could see why they are doing well.£

Ryan revealed they were fired up for the game, especially after losing at home to Queen’s University a couple of weeks ago.

“We want to put this back to a fortress after beating Dolphin here and winning here again. Against Queens we started badly and that is fair enough but having seen them there today it came out like we were really on fire from the beginning of the game.

“They could not live with the tempo and the speed we were playing at and the aggression we had in our line. In the second half, I felt the ref let them get away with stuff at ruck time.

“They were very aggressive but do not get me wrong it was good as it messed up our tempo. Our lads took the foot of as well which I was not happy about."

They had two yellow cards which was disappointing for Ryan.

“The first one was harsh, it was just a seat belt tackle, back in the day that was not even a penalty.

“They have just brought it in now, I do not know was it because of the scoreline or whatever, all it is; is over the shoulder.

“He does not even hit him in the head but it is a penalty nowadays, I will take that but I am not happy about it being a yellow card.

“If you hit him in the mouth fair enough but it is just a seat belt tackle that is all it was."

COME BACK HERE: Highfield's Miah Cronin grabs the shirt of Navan's Roy Moloney. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
COME BACK HERE: Highfield's Miah Cronin grabs the shirt of Navan's Roy Moloney. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

He believes their strength in depth is crucial.

“Look at our junior squad over the last number of years, you look at how our first team have been going that is built on that.

“If you look at good teams around the country Cork Constitution, Shannon these teams they build good junior teams which creates good senior teams and that fills up through the whole squad.

“That builds for the whole club and that is where we are trying to be."

Highfield have a huge game on Friday night, the semi-final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup against Con at Temple Hill. 

"There are no bigger games and we are looking forward to that and we will see how we go. All we can do is give it our best.”

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