Monday 25 September 2017

Devitt's last-gasp score books Belvo final berth

Old Belvedere 22 Clontarf 20

Old Belvedere wing Eddie Devitt had the final say in a pulsating finale when he crashed down a sensational stoppage-time try and bag Old Belvedere a place in the Division 1 final.

Although favourites at the outset, Belvo were up against a side that were appearing in their eighth semi-final in 11 seasons; Clontarf reaffirmed their calibre from the early stages.

They made their first break pay when Killian Lett crashed over, reaping the rewards of a fine individual burst inside the Belvo '22'. Within 10 minutes Clontarf were looking good for an upset when Barry O'Mahony sliced through the home defence to touch down under the posts.

But in comparison to some poor early kicking from 'Tarf's Dara O'Shea, Conal Keane was making hay from placed ball, and with three successful strikes from the tee he had cut the arrears to just three at the break.

O'Mahony spotted a gap in a creaking Belvo defensive line to dash through for his second try after the re-start, but considerable territorial advantage thereafter for the home side was eventually capitalised on by a try-scoring Leo Auva'a.

His leveller looked to have been an academic matter when O'Shea kicked a successful penalty deep into stoppage time. Devitt's contribution, however, helped Old Belvedere book a spot in the decider.

SCORERS -- Old Belvedere: Conal Keane 4 pens; L Auva'a, E Devitt try each. Clontarf: B O'Mahony 2 trys; K Lett try; D O'Shea pen; M Dufficy con.

Old Belvedere: D Riordan; E Devitt, J Kennedy, B Woods, D Mongan (Chris Keane 36); Conal Keane (A Dunne 46), S Keogh; V Soden, D Gilchrist (K Buckley 57), S Maguire; R Leydon, B Marshall (D Moore 52); J Slattery (K Miller 70), J Risden, L Auva'a.

Clontarf: D O'Shea; M McGrath, K Lett, E Ryan, M Keating; M Dufficy (J Wilson 70), H Nolan; C Kavanagh, A Dundon, N Treston (B Barclay 64); B Gissing (B Reilly 55), M Kearney; E Cremin, B O'Mahony, S Crawford.

Referee: J Carville (IRFU)

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