North Midlands U-16s claim historic first cup
Prior to the final round of games in the 2019 Bank of Ireland Shane Horgan Cup last Wednesday, the North Midlands and South East areas sat joint top of the U-16 development league.
This resulted in an exciting morning in Cill Dara RFC, where the North Midlands hosted the Midlands Area, and in IT Carlow, where South East and Metro clashed.
A narrow victory for Metro over the South East, 27-26, saw the North Midlands Area (Kildare & Laois) crowned winners for the first time, after they topped off an unbeaten season with a 23-8 win over the Midlands area.
Two penalties and a conversion by full-back Andrew Osborne, after a dazzling individual try from centre Conor Martin, gave the home side a 13-3 lead at the break.
The Midlands pulled back an unconverted try early from Ronan Fox in the second half but another Osborne penalty and a try by winger Sam Dunne, converted by Aaron O'Donohoe, sealed the win for the North Midlands side.
The U-18 area sides were also in action at the same venues with North Midlands narrowly losing out to the Midlands area, 40-38, in a thrilling game.
In the other fixture in IT Carlow, South East beat Metro 33-26.
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