Thursday 22 February 2018

Monivea hold firm to land the crown

Monivea 19 Ballinasloe 10 Connacht U-14 Cup final

Monivea U-14s celebrate their Connacht Cup triumph
Monivea U-14s celebrate their Connacht Cup triumph

Monivea came from behind to take glory in a hard-fought decider. Ballinasloe opened the scoring with a try from strong carrying No 8 Mark Mitchell, converted by full-back Matthew Devine.

Monivea roared back into the game with a try for centre Ruairi Collins, who scythed through the middle to score by the posts. Out-half Evan Connolly added the extras.

Monivea went in front with a try from winger Jack Dowling after a flowing move. Ballinasloe hit back with a penalty from Devine to cut the gap to 12-10 at half-time.

After the break, Monivea used the wind advantage to good effect as they pinned Ballinasloe back in their own half. Ballinasloe, though, battled their way into Monivea territory with Mitchell, openside flanker John Claffey and centre Adam Dowd carrying well.

But the Monivea defence refused to buckle and after they worked their way downfield to earn a five-metre scrum, No 8 Eoin Lawless broke right from the base and powered his way over in the corner.

Connolly landed the difficult conversion to give his side a two-score cushion, and Monivea stood firm in front of waves of Ballinasloe attacks.

Monivea - 1. Robert Noone 2. Darragh Carty 3. Patrick Freeney 4. Cormac Feeney 5. Michael Mullins 6. David Briggs 7. Shea Hennessy 8. Eoin Lawless 9. Kelvin Langan 10. Evan Connolly 11. Jack Dowling 12. Ruairi Collins 13. Thomas Feeney 14. Aaron Molloy 15. Conor McElwee 16. Cormac Hynes 17. Jason Fahy 18. Luke Spellman 19. Conor Fahy 20. Shane Regan 21. Jack Waldron 22. Cathal Flanagan

Ballinasloe - 1. Robert Carry 2. David Treacy 3. Mathew Kelly 4. Andrew Doyle 5. Oisin Carroll 6. Keelan Keane 7. John Claffey 8. Mark Mitchell 9. Sam Murphy 10. Phelim O'Reilly 11. Naoise Murphy 12. Adam Dowd 13. Thomas Fitzpatrick 14. Ben Daly 15. Mathew Devine 16. James Costello 17. Joseph Carry 18. Joseph Dowd 19. Gerard Colleran 20. Eoin McManus 21. Finn O Conchuir - Dillon 22. John Devine 23. Brian Feeney 24. Martin Corcoran .

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