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Historic Cup Win For Crosshaven Rugby Club

Victorious Crosshaven captain Ross O'Connell shows his delight after receiving the All-Ireland Junior Cup trophy from IRFU President Caleb Powell

Sat 9th Apr 2011
Templeville Road, Dublin

Crosshaven Scorers:  Try: Darren O'Keeffe; Pens: Liam Delaney 3, Paul Memory

Monivea Scorers:  Pens: Ger O'Connor 3

Crosshaven Lineup:  Cian McGovern; Bobby Rodgers, Ross O'Connell (capt), Andrew Lane, Darren O'Keeffe; Liam Delaney, Paul Cogan; Jake Grey, Rob Hoffler, Bryan Murphy, Merle O'Connell, Darren O'Shea, Eamon Ring, Michael Buckley, Rob Barry.  Replacements: Gary Fitzgibbon, Donogh Murphy, Paul Memory, David Tipping, Rob Savage, Kenny Donovan, Chris Kearney.

Monivea Lineup:  John Culkin; Colm Neary, Fergal O'Neill, David Prior, Gerard Divilly; Ger O'Connor, Martin King: Cathal Divilly, Bernard Ryan, Gerard Fitzmaurice, Conor Kindregan, Brian Murphy, Pat Fitzmaurice, Kieran Concarr, Eoin Rooney (capt).
Replacements: - (not listed!)

Coached by David Keane and Sean Conway and captained by Ross O’Connell, Crosshaven are the first Junior Cup finalists from Munster since Youghal in the inaugural year of 2006.  ‘Mona’ are coached by Connacht's John Muldoon and Keith Matthews, with Noel Rabbitte, Mike O’Connor and Peter Burke completing the management team.Monivea, who were also bidding to be first-time winners, had a hat-trick of penalties from their number 10 Ger O'Connor, but leaked eight crucial points in the closing three minutes to finish as runners-up.

Crosshaven made a significant breakthrough at Templeville Road on Saturday as they became the first club from Munster to win the All-Ireland Junior Cup.  Crosshaven carved out a 9-3 half-time lead for themselves, with out-half Liam Delaney landing three penalties, and a late, clinching try from winger Darren O'Keeffe settled the issue.A penalty from replacement Paul Memory edged Crosshaven ahead again at 12-9 and O'Keeffe's try in the final minute made sure that the trophy was destined for Myrtleville Cross.  As expected, there were early nerves shown by these two first-time finalists and the Corkmen seemed to hold the edge up front, with the experienced Merle O'Connell, Rob Barry and Michael Buckley standing out.

Monivea, coached by Connacht's John Muldoon and Keith Matthews, opened the scoring with a seventh minute penalty from O'Connor.  However, successful strikes from Delaney after 15, 26 and 35 minutes put Crosshaven ahead and coaches David Keane and Sean Conway would have been pretty pleased with their side's first half efforts.

However, the sin-binning of flankerMichael Buckley before the break put them under increased pressure and Monivea, who had a late penalty miss from O'Connor, came more and more into the game.  Fergus Farrell and Willie Parker made good impacts off the bench for the Galway outfit and a second penalty goal from O'Connor cut the gap to 9-6 with just over half-an-hour remaining.  O'Connor split the posts again in the 58th minute to drew his side level, and it was now seemingly a question of who wanted it more.

It was Crosshaven who produced a match-winning finish. With Parker in the sin-bin, 14-man Monivea leaked a kickable penalty which Memory put over.  And a nicely-taken try from O'Keeffe was the icing on the cake for Crosshaven as they celebrated the biggest day in the club's 39-year history

Referee: Mark Patton (IRFU)

Report courtesy of IRFU

Web Links:  Crosshaven Rugby Club    -    Monivea Rugby Club


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