Connacht U19 Champions – Monivea 29 Corinthians 5.

Monivea_U19Another memorable day for Monivea RFC whose U19’s were crowned Connacht Champions on Saturday last with an emphatic win over Corinthians in the Sportsgrounds.  Monivea hit the ground running, when outhalf Caolin Blade made the perfect pass to the waiting Lorcan Laheen who crashed over to score the opening try within 5 minutes, converted by Blade. Monivea dominated play and punished their opponents further when Blade was awarded a penalty on the 10 minute mark, kicking into a strong wind; Blade did what seemed the impossible scoring from the sideline, leaving the village side 10 nill.    Try number two came after 15 minutes when after sustained pressure from the Monivea forwards, Blade again found Laheen who stormed through for his second try in the corner, and again Blade did the impossible and converted kicking into the wind.   Just before half time, Corinthians crossed the line for their only score of the contest.    Monivea upped the pace in the second half, with some wonderful rugby being played.   An outstanding performance by the Monivea forwards, Kindregan, McNelis, Hurney Connolly demolishing their opponents, dominating up front throughout the game.   Their strength and ruthlessness led to try number three scored by back Colm Mannion 15 minutes into the second half.  The Monivea pack continued to grind down the Corinthians defence, they were clinical with excellent passing and offloading allowing super sub Fergus Killarney to touch down under the posts for the games forth try which Caolin Blade converted.   This Monivea side laid down their marker when they defeated Galwegians in the semi final a team who would have been favourites to win this contest.   This win is just rewards for what is one of the finest group of rugby players in Connacht at the moment, and we have no doubt that some of the names on this Monivea team sheet will be talked about in bigger circles in the near future!  Captain Vinney Lally thanked team management Tony Day, Mike Dillon, Padraic McGann, Pat McGrath and more recently Darren Blade and Willie Parker for all their helping in getting them to this day.   What a wonderful special day this was for Pat and Therese Blade whose sons Eoin lined out at no. 9, Caolin at no. 10 and Darren head coach, and cousin Kevin Divilly at No. 13. Bonfires blazed around Monivea village to welcome home their new heroes.

Monivea U19’s:  Simon Mills, Stephen Joyce, Damien McNelis, Darren Hurney, Vinney Lally {Capt}, Jason Connolly, Niall Dillon, Conor Kindregan, Eoin Blade, Caolin Blade, Adam O’Brien, Lorcan Laheen, Kevin Divilly, Peter Kelly, Colm Mannion, subs: Kilian O’Neill, Damien Fahy, Fergus Killarney, Cathal Lane, Marc Cleary, Liam Burke, Padraic Kelly & Padhraic MacMaghnuis

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