On Sunday 15th April last at Coolmine RFC, Clontarf U/11 won an enthralling encounter with Navan RFC to complete their journey to winning the Leinster Metro Plate Final. The final score was 3 tries to 1, having lead 2 to nil at half time. Many of the kids and coaches were ‘a bag of nerves’ beforehand but once the kids took to the pitch it was all quality rugby.
The first try was scored by James Doyle – A Classic forwards try after what seemed like an eternity of pressure. The second coming before half time came after a multiple of phases. Patrick Foley popped a quick ball to First Centre Aidan O’Brien from the back of a maul. Aidan’s straight direct running up the centre of the pitch brought in the defence. The ball passed through several hands before a quick one-two interchange saw Kevin Mullins put Mark White away in the corner. A second half break by Sean McCullagh broke down the defence and after a few more phases Sean crossed with power to score the final ‘Tarf try. Navan put in a spirited display and came away with a consolation try. We thank them for their sportsmanship. The win was a team effort and the coaches would like to express their thanks to all who participated.
Squad: Keith Boucher (Captain), Hugh O’Connor, Mathew Butler, Luke Trench, Stephen Cole, David Condon Aidan O’Brien, Patrick Foley ,Sean McCullagh, James McGauran, Kevin Mullins, James Doyle, Conor McGinn, Jordan Mulvanney, Oisin Hoy, Mark White, James O’Siorain and Sam Maher