Monivea RFC claim the U14 Cup

Monivea RFC claimed the U14 Cup after a hard fought 19 points to 10 win against Ballinasloe RFC. All the early pressure was from Ballinasloe and they opened the scoring with a try from strong carrying number 8 Mark Mitchell which was converted by full back Matthew Devine. Monivea roared back into the game playing some enterprising rugby which eventually led to a try for centre Ruairi Collins, who scythed through the middle to score by the posts. Out half Evan Connolly added the extras which brought a thrilling contest to 7 all. Monivea continued to have the better of the exchanges and a flowing move, which featured exceptional handling from backs and forwards, resulted in winger Jack Dowling crossing in the right hand corner. Connolly just failed to land the difficult conversion leaving Monivea ahead by 12 points to 7 approaching half time. Ballinasloe hit back and after several phases of strong carrying and exceptional recycling, Monivea conceded a penalty which Matthew Devine converted to leave the game delicately poised 12 – 10 at half time.
The second half was again a tight affair and Monivea used the wind advantage to good effect as they pinned Ballinasloe back in their own half. Ballinasloe however, were not going to lie down and they continued to battle their way into the Monivea territory with Mitchell, openside flanker John Claffey and centre Adam Dowd carrying particularly well. Unfortunately for Ballinasloe, the Monivea defence refused to buckle under the pressure. Monivea wrestled possession and worked their way down field eventually winning a 5m metre scrum. Number 8 Eoin Lawless broke right from the base and powered his way over in the right hand corner. Connolly landed the difficult conversion meaning Ballinasloe needed two scored to take the trophy from Monivea’s grip. Again Monivea’s defence stood firm in front of waves of Ballinasloe attack and claimed the U14 Cup in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
Teams:
Monivea RFC – 1. Robert Noone 2. Darragh Carty 3. Patrick Freeney 4. Cormac Feeney 5. Michael Mullins 6. David Briggs 7. Shea Hennessy 8. Eoin Lawless 9. Kelvin Langan 10. Evan Connolly 11. Jack Dowling 12. Ruairi Collins 13. Thomas Feeney 14. Aaron Molloy 15. Conor McElwee 16. Cormac Hynes 17. Jason Fahy 18. Luke Spellman 19. Conor Fahy 20. Shane Regan 21. Jack Waldron 22. Cathal Flanagan
Ballinasloe RFC – 1. Robert Carry 2. David Treacy 3. Mathew Kelly 4. Andrew Doyle 5. Oisin Carroll 6. Keelan Keane 7. John Claffey 8. Mark Mitchell 9. Sam Murphy 10. Phelim O’Reilly 11. Naoise Murphy 12. Adam Dowd 13. Thomas Fitzpatrick 14. Ben Daly 15. Mathew Devine 16. James Costello 17. Joseph Carry 18. Joseph Dowd 19. Gerard Colleran 20. Eoin McManus 21. Finn O Conchuir – Dillon 22. John Devine 23. Brian Feeney 24. Martin Corcoran

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