Monivea defeated Galwegians in a thrilling final to lift the Heineken Junior Cup with a final score of 20-12

Junior Cup 2 350Monivea secured an historic first ever double on Easter Sunday when they beat Galwegians in the final of the Heineken Junior Cup. Having already won the Junior 1A League, Monivea lifted the Junior Cup after beating Galwegians 20 points to 12 at the Sportsground.

A try in the opening minutes from fullback Seamie Fahy and one in the closing minute of the first half for centre Kevin Higgins left Monivea 13-3 up at the break, Galwegians Ross Shaughnessy and Monivea outhalf Ger O’Connor trading penalties.

Monivea opened the second half with another try, this time from winger Rory O’Connor and when Ger O’Connor added the conversion to leave the score 20-3 it looked like a long way back for Galwegians.

Junior Cup 1 350Monivea didn’t have it all their own way however, yellow cards to Eoin Rooney and Willie Parker left them playing most of the second half with 14 players and the boot of Galwegian’s Ross Shaughnessy kept the city side in contention, adding three kicks in the second half.

It wasn’t to be for Galwegians though and Monivea ran out eventual winners 20 points to 12 to lift the 2013 Heineken Junior Cup.

Galwegians: Ronan Burke; Shane Thompstone, David Symes, Paul Hackett, Ronan Moore; Ross Shaughnessy, Conor O’Rourke; Paul Griffin, Rory Muckian, Doran McHugh; Spencer Perkins, Eoin Tarmey; Eddie Earle, Matthew Towey, Kris O’Shea.

Replacements: Danny Deegan for Perkins; Martin Fox for McHugh; David Quill for Thompstone; Martin Connolly for O’Rourke.

Monivea: Seamus Fahy; Rory O’Connor, John  Culkin, Kevin Higgins, Ger Divilly; Ger O’Connor, Darren Blade; Ger Fitzmaurice, Bernie  Ryan, Ronan Coughlan; Pat Fitzmauice, Willie Parker; Dave Madden, Mike Ward, Eoin Rooney

Replacements: Damien McNelis for Coughlan; Brian McDonagh for Culkin; Stephen Joyce for Ryan.

Referee: Daniel Collins

Pictures (C) Joe O’Shaughnessy ([email protected])

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