Saturday 24 March 2018

Leinster Club News: Cushe magic lights up decider

Gorey U-14s celebrate their recent title victory
Gorey U-14s celebrate their recent title victory Sportsdesk

Gorey U-14s hosted Tullamore last weekend for an eagerly anticipated Premier League final.

Both sides had been in fine form all season and this was their first meeting since the 13s Cup final, in Donnybrook, last season.

The game started at a fast pace with some ferocious tackling from both sides.

On the stroke of half-time Cillian Byrne broke the deadlock to score, and Lee Cushe kicked a super conversion.

The second half had the expected Tullamore fight back and they scored an unconverted try.

However, Gorey kicked on. Some great carries by Michal Kruczek, Shay Guilfoyle, Evan Byrne, Jack Curley and George Hadden seriously tested a dogged Tullamore defence.

Then came a moment of brilliance from Brian Cushe, who collected the ball well out side the 22 and, with his typical speed and determination, weaved his way through several tacklers to score a great try with Lee adding the extras for 14-5.

Tullamore added a penalty to get back within striking range at 14-8 but great Gorey defence prevented them adding further despite going a man down.

Jack Higgins then sealed it when his quick thinking and a clever break got him over the line, with Lee's kick bringing the final score to 21-8.

A superb game of Youths rugby from two excellent teams that are a credit to their coaches, parents and clubs.

Jack Curley was named man of the match.

Gorey - J Curley, D Fitzpatrick, E Byrne, R Tubritt, S Guilfoyle, A Cleary, G Hadden, E Stephens, J Higgins, L Cushe, T Baxter, M Kruczek, R O Loughlin, B Cushe, C Byrne, A McNeill, S Sawyer, E McCrea, R Arnold, J Milne, C Byrne, R Cleary, S O Hagan, S Campbell-Carty, P Kinsella.

Irish Independent

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