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Coolmine come up short in battle for Dr Bill Lenihan Memorial Cup

Coolmine RFC recently made it to the Metro 7 Cup final against Old Wesley.

Old Wesley, who were also the previous season's runners-up, put up an excellent performance and were not to be denied at the second time of asking but Coolmine fought for every inch for a very special trophy.

The Dr Bill Lenihan Memorial Cup is dedicated to the club's co-founder, and this edition was all the more special given the 35th anniversary celebrations at Coolmine at present.

The game itself started well for Coolmine with an excellent try on three minutes and a valuable five points on the board good and early.

However, credit is due to Old Wesley, who had the perfect response and despite great Coolmine defence the score after 18 minutes was 14-5.


Old Wesley conceded a penalty close to the conclusion of the first half which was kicked successfully by Coolmine, narrowing the gap to 14-8 at the interval.

It was Old Wesley who got the perfect start in the second half with a try after six minutes and this was added to by a further three tries as Old Wesley began to turn the screw.

The score was now a very daunting 40-8. However the Coolmine spirit didn't surrender and they kept creating and secured a second try in the dying minutes which left the final score at 40-13.

Old Wesley claimed the Dr Bill Lenihan Cup which was presented by Billy Lenihan.

Coolmine RFC fought hard with a young team but were beaten by a better team on the day.

Our congratulations to the team's leadership and coaches on a job well done.

Irish Independent