Wednesday 21 August 2019

Club notes: Highfield end 47-year wait in dramatic Junior Cup decider


Highfield celebrate victory over Cork Con in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup final
Highfield celebrate victory over Cork Con in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup final Sportsdesk

Highfield ended a 47-year wait to win the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup for the fifth time in dramatic extra-time fashion at Irish Independent Park last weekend.

Two minutes from the end of the second period of extra-time, Niall Finn landed his fifth penalty to put holders Cork Constitution back in front 23-20.

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From the restart, Highfield retained possession and superbly worked the ball into the Con 22 where they eventually won a penalty with the game two minutes into stoppage time.

Paddy O'Toole stepped up to level the scores and with it came the final whistle as the Woodleigh Park side had defeated the holders on the try-count rule - three tries to one.

Watepark's U-12s impress at Milan international tournament

Waterpark U-12s travelled to Italy last weekend to take part in an international tournament hosted by Pirati RFC, Milan.

The Waterpark team improved with every game and were singled out as the "ones to watch" as the tournament progressed.

At the prize-giving ceremony, Waterpark were presented with the Spirit of the Competition trophy which was testament to the manner in which the players applied themselves on and off the pitch.

The travelling party of 73 members included 26 players, four coaches and 43 relatives who provided incredible support throughout the trip.

Waterpark’s U-12 squad
Waterpark’s U-12 squad

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Brave effort falls just short

Munster's hopes of winning the Junior Interprovincial title ended in disappointment at Creggs RFC as Connacht came from behind to win 29-21.

Munster started the day level on points with Leinster and one behind leaders Ulster and were in with a good chance of taking the title.

Munster held a 14-10 lead at half-time but were unable to match Connacht's second-half display.

Ben Ridgeway scored two tries for Munster and Brian Bennett one, with Ridgeway converting all three.

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