Dodd closes out victory for Dundalk
Published 11/04/2011 | 09:02
Three second-half tries by John Dodd, Stephen McGee and Ene Fa'Atua were enough to see Dundalk qualify for the final in Kilcock yesterday.
William 'Cas' O'Brien crossed for a Tullow try in the 22nd minute and, after dominating for the second quarter, an upset looked on as they led 5-0 at the break.
Fa'Atua equalised early in the second half when he broke from a five-meter scrum to cross the line and Dodd then converted.
McGee's touchdown then put the Co Louth side further ahead to give their hopes a real boost.
With minutes to go Tullow's Frank Murphy crossed for an unconverted try, but Dundalk had the last word when out-half Dodd touched down in the corner.
Tullow -- W O'Brien; C Doyle, P Fitzgerald, C Finnerty, P Lawrence; W Canavan, K Bloomfield; A Burns, J O'Connor, K Hanbidge; C Nolan, F Murphy; J Roche, R Porter, W O'Brien. Subs: S Hanbidge for Burns (42), J Fitzgerald for Nolan (46), S Smith for O'Brien (55), S McCarthy for Doyle (79).
Dundalk -- S McGee; S Murphy, C Scully, MJ McKevitt, D Guest; J Dodd, J Williams; K Dorian, C McDonald, R Donnelly; D Fearon, B Cunningham; P Meagan, M Roundtree, E Fa'Atua. Subs: K Fearon for Cunningham (55), G Lynch for Guest (56).
Ref -- N Brannigan.