Clontarf and Blackrock must do it all again after epic draw in U-17 decider
Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30
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.
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.