Hughes helps Moyne secure maiden Duff title
CAPTAIN Danny Griffin became the first player from Moyne Community School to lift the Leinster Schools Duff Junior Cup after they held off a hard-charging St Conleth's by 13-10 at Mullingar RFC.
It was a testament to the resiliance of both sets of players that they refused to bow to the dreadful driving wind and rain throughout the hour and more.
Out-half Mark Hughes put Moyne in the right area of the field from which they made their pressure tell by building a 10-0 half-time lead.
Centres Tristan Noack-Hoffman and Frank McAvinue gave them the tries they needed to defend into the conditions and they got the added benefit of a penalty from Hughes in the 46th minute to put them 13 points clear.
It was a long way back from there. But that didn't deter St Conleth's as they set about their business, despite the fact that they were hampered by being unable to play their trademark open game.
And they almost managed the improbable as their captain and No 8 Shane Downes and centre Nicolas Foreau pierced the Moyne defence, but just failed to get the vital score.
Moyne -- R Hawkins; C McKeon, T Noack-Hoffman, F McAvinue, S Hamilton; M Hughes, A McKeon; L Hughes, T Hegarty, M Browne, D Kalina, E Stancu, J Heslin, A Griffin, D Griffin (capt).
St Conleth's -- T O'Gorman; J Lawless, M Finn, N Foreau, G Nugent; R Murphy (capt), L McKay; M Remi, C Duffy, D Collins, A Hegarty (M Gilleran 40), O Herbots, H Swords, O Allen (K Kirwan h-t), S Downes.
REF -- M Munan (Leinster Branch).