The Top Oil Senior Development Schools Cup final was played out in front of a packed clan stand on Wednesday. Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin took on Gortnor Abbey in the third part of schools cup triple header. Gortnor Abbey started the brighter of the two sides and found themselves nine points ahead after 13 minutes through the boot of Craig McCormack. The impressive McCormack landed three successive penalties inside the first quarter of an hour, the second of these from close to the halfway line. Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin were slow to find their feet in the contest, having refused kicks at goal to go in search of the first try of the game their endeavour was finally rewarded on 25 minutes when Colm de Buitlear got in for his sides first score of the game.
De Buitlear, who captained his side on the day, missed the resulting conversion attempt from a tight angle to leave the score at 9-5. Scoil Chuimsitheach’s confidence was now up and they hit the front on 31 minutes when number 11 Gearoid O Cualain got in for the second try of the game. Again the conversion was missed but the score was enough to leave Gortnor Abbey trailing by one point at half time.
The second half began with Scoil Chuimsitheach on top, on 38 minutes number 13 Aonghus O’Coisdealbha crossed to give his side a 15-9 lead. De Buitlear struggled with his place kicking but was devastating from open play, on 45 minutes the number 10 gathered the ball in his own 22 and bypassed four Gortnor Abbey players to touch down for the score of the game. Try number five for Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin followed soon after as they further exerted their dominance, number 14 Peadar O Flatharta getting his name on the score sheet. The conversion was added by full back Ciaran O Se to leave the score line at 27-9.
Gortnor Abbey were not prepared to lie down, however, lead by their captain Luke Sweeney they began to eat into the deficit. Sweeney scored two tries in a four minute period to breathe new life into his teammates. McCormack who had been flawless with the boot in the first half failed to add the conversions from difficult angles on both occasions to leave the score at 27-19. Despite their best efforts this was as close as Gortnor Abbey could get and Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin added two late tries to seal the game. The first of these saw de Buitlear cap a memorable day as he grabbed his hat-trick and the scoring was completed by Aonghus O Coisdealbha who grabbed his second try of the game. The final score of Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin 41 Gortnor Abbey 19 did not reflect the closeness of the overall encounter.

Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin: 1. Finin O Fatharta 2. Sean O Dugain 3. Antaine O Conghaile 4. Fiachra O Se 5. Finin O Cualain 6. Conor Seoige 7. Cilin O Griofa 8. Maitias O Griofa 9. Michael Mac Donnacha 10. Colm de Buitlear 11. Gearoid O Cualain 12. Aonghus O Domhnaill 13. Aonghus O Coisdealbha 14. Peadar O Flatharta 15. Ciaran O Se 16. Cian O hEadhra 17. Diarmuid O Flatharta 18. Johnny O Tiernaigh 19. Maitias Eoin Bairead

Gortnor Abbey: 1. Mark McAndrew 2. Sean Cannavan 3. Gary Lynn 4. Matthew Davies 5. Liam Barrett 6. Luke Sweeney 7. Conor McHale 8. Pat Howley 9. Harry Finlay 10. Craig McCormack 11. Anthony Kearney 12. Shane Herbert 13. Chris Aris 14. Tommy Walsh 15. John Luskin 16. Martin Carr 17. Derry Quinn 18. Fergal Duffy 19. Fionn Finlay 20. Rory McGuire 21.Ciaran McDonnell 22. Darragh McDonnell

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