Portlaoise RFC 15 Athy 0
U-13 North Midlands Premier League Final
Portlaoise RFC U-13s collected their second piece of silverware on Tuesday evening when they won the North Midlands Premier league final against Athy RFC.
This adds to their Leinster Premier league title they had secured in April in a tight final against Navan.
Portlaoise dominated this final in virtually all aspects of the game with some great tackling that rarely let Athy out of their own half.
The scoring was opened by a try by Mikey Daly after sustained pressure by the Portlaoise forwards eventually broke down a resolute Athy defence.
A second try soon followed, after a backs move that Joe Schmidt would be proud of, the ball was dotted down this time by Richard Whelan who had saved his best match of his career for this final. This left the half time score reading Portlaoise 10 Athy 0.
The second half started like the first half finished with Portlaoise dominating, a third try coming after man of the match James Conroy ran nearly half the length of the pitch to score in the corner, unfortunately James had to go off soon after with a painful shoulder injury.
Athy upped their performance, desperate to get back into this game but some heroic tackling by Portlaoise kept them at bay.
The game was over as Portlaoise emptied their subs bench and went on to lift their second trophy of the season, final score 15-0.
This is a large U13 squad who were able to field two teams at this age group all season, both teams getting to their respective Leinster and area league finals, well done on a great season.
PORTLAOISE U-13 SQUAD: Adam Gorman, Adam Shirley, Adrian Dunne, Billy Kerry, Brian Barry, Brian Keane, Callen Dunne, Cian Nolan, Ciaran Culleton, Ciaran ‘Bobo’ Lawal, Colm Byrne, Conor Cleary,Conor Doran, Corey Bartley, Dara Fleming, Dara Phelan, Daragh Phelan, Darragh Davies, David Ruttledge, Declan Cox, Eoin O’Brien-McCormack, Jack Heffernan, Jacques Pretorius, James Conroy, Keiran Doherty, Kyle Carey, Luke Walsh, Marc Bracken, Matthew Coonan, Michael Cleary, Michael Daly, Mitch Fitzpatrick, Oisin Ramsbottom, Paul Flanagan, Richard Whelan, Ronan Donlon, Ross Coffey, Sean Wallace, Stephen Delaney, Thomas Bradley