With late-season injuries mounting, Old Gaelic traveled without a full 23-man panel for the first time this season looking to avenge last season’s playoff loss to Doylestown.
A turnover on the opening kickoff put the hosts on the front foot, and the big Dtown 12 ran downhill on the opening possession. The center broke a few tackles and Doylestown struck first, proving it was down but not out this season.
Old Gaelic calmly regrouped and marched down the field with some sustained possession. OG brought a big center of its own and famed member of the “Dad Bod Squad” Josh “Jrobs” Robertson lunged through contact to score the visitors’ first try. A conversion from fly half Brady Reisman knotted up the game at 15.’
Doylestown struck back with a backline break, then it was the “rookie” veteran Paul Holmes who dotted down before halftime.
Old Gaelic seized the lead when speedy wing Alex Schaefer took a kick that missed touch back to paydirt to put the good guys on top. A penalty kick ten minutes later extended the visitors’ lead to eight… no six (said the Ma’am. Definitely still not salty about it).
Doylestown broke through the defense off a busted lineout play, then converted the try to go up one with 12 to play. However, Jrobs dialed up the ’06 Astro Van Jams and dished to his center mate Richard Recordon who sprinted past the competition and put the Gaelic back on top. Wing Kory Harris sprinted past the competition moments later to make the lead two possessions and seal the victory.
The home team wasn’t done yet, however as it recovered a loose kickoff and scored near the corner to close up the final score, 32-26.
The win wrapped up a 4-1 Fall for Old Gaelic and secured a spot in the playoffs. With a win over the Roses next Spring or a Roses win over Media this Saturday, OG secures the second seed and a home match for the EPRU Semifinals.
Be on the lookout for Thursday hangs, WINTER TOUR, Caroling in Carlisle, the Non-Denominational Holiday Extravaganza, team workouts, and Hoops/Touch Saturdays.