Athlone CC 28-0 SCC An Cheathrú Rua
An 18 point haul from centre Oisin Canny ensured Athlone CC claimed the Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Emerging Cup with a deserved victory over SCC An Cheathrú Rua at The Sportsground.
Athlone dominated much of the territory and possession for the majority of the tie and though SCC defended strongly throughout, the Athlone pressure eventually told at the closing stages of each half.

Canny kicked his first points on the 6 minute mark, before Brendan Costello broke the try deadlock just before half-time to give Athlone an 8-0 lead at the break. Canny’s second penalty 13 minutes after the restart stretched their lead to 11 points.
To SCC’s credit they pushed hard as the second half progressed, but the tie was sealed in the final 10 minutes when Athlone ran in two tries in all – two from Canny and a further score from Tijani Ishola.

The Sportsground played host to its first two finals of 2019 this afternoon when the U14B and U14C Schools Development League finals were contested.
The opening game saw Clifden Community School face off against Gort Community School in the U14C decider. The sides were scoreless at the break but the game opened up in the second half as Clifden eventually pulled away for a 26-5 victory.
Ronan Mannion, Damian Manning, Sean Connelly and Sebastian Smith were the try scorers for the Connemara side while the sole Gort score came from a Gabriel Castor effort.
The U14B final was the next to be decider, and while the opening contest avoided the infamous Sportsground rain, the schools of St. Muredachs and Athlone CC weren’t so lucky. In the end it was the Ballina side that won out 19-5 with Ronan Gallagher and Luca Duggan among the try scorers.
Well done to both teams and a thanks also to our two referees, Craig Reardon and Martin McDonald.

The Sportsground will play host to its first two finals of 2019 tomorrow for a Schools U14 Development League double-header.
First up at 11.45am Gort CS take on Clifden CS in the C Final, and that’ll be followed by the B Final between Athlone CC and St Muredach’s College at 1.15pm.
Entry is free to all who wish to come along and get their midweek rugby fix! Best of luck to all four teams.

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