Westport toasted its Under19s on Sunday after they pipped a bloodthirsty Monivea in their cup final fixture 12-5.

Separated at the Sportsground by a single score, the seven-point margin wound up a fair reflection of a tight tussle, neither side giving an inch and each took only what they could eke from the encounter.19Westp1

Monivea opened their ledger first through nippy scrumhalf Jason Walsh who, after some slick interplay between his loose forwards, shot over for an impressive try the zippy number-nine covering the last 30m on his lonesome and under heavy pressure desperate blue defenders.

Westport centre Andrew McAleer drew scores level shortly after the halftime break from a five-metre scrum. That said, his Westport colleagues can shoulder considerable credit for McAleer’s score, having camped within the Monivea 22m, and maintained pressure for several minutes prior.

19Westp2Enter Kevin Hastings for the Carrowholly contingent with several minutes left on the clock, on the end of at least eight phases. The tearaway openside flanker broke two tackles from six metres out, and crashed over with another valiant tackler riding shotgun on his back.


(top) Andrew McAleer powers his way to the tryline under heavy enemy fire.

(left) Westport skipper Sam McCormack hangs loose with Youths Rugby chairman Eamonn Feely.


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