Wednesday 7 December 2016

Clontarf and Blackrock must do it all again after epic draw in U-17 decider

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

In the Division 1 final we were treated to a nail-biting finish to a game of two very different halves as Malahide held firm against Greystones
In the Division 1 final we were treated to a nail-biting finish to a game of two very different halves as Malahide held firm against Greystones

Last Sunday saw Clontarf and Blackrock play out a tense and gripping 11-11 draw at Sutton in the Leinster Schools/Youths U-17 Premier League final in front of a good crowd.

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Clontarf dominated the first half and turned over 11-3 ahead thanks to a fine try by wing Sean Boyle and two penalties from captain Frankie O'Dea, with a single penalty from Blackrock in reply.

Rock though worked their way back into it in the second half with another penalty from James Tarrant and a try from Michael McGagh after a period of sustained pressure, to draw level with 19 minutes to go.

It made for a very tense finish as they pounded the Tarf line but a draw was a fair result.

The sides will meet again in a replay, date to be confirmed.

Meanwhile in the Division 1 final we were treated to a nail-biting finish to a game of two very different halves as Malahide held firm against Greystones.

Malahide started with far more intensity and quickly ran in a couple of well worked tries.

The first half was very much theirs and they finished it with a lead of 22-0.

At this stage many teams would have given up, however, Greystones showing true determination and character fought their way back into the game getting to within a score at one stage having scored four well worked tries and one conversion.

Unfortunately Greystones had left it too late and Malahide sealed a well-deserved victory with a late try in the final minutes, making it 32-22.

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