Mountrath CS 17 Ballymakenny (Louth) 12
Leinster Rugby Development Junior League Final
History has been made in Energia Park in Dublin this afternoon as Mountrath Community School claimed their first ever rugby title.
This is an absolutely remarkable achievement for a side who were competing in this competition for the first time ever.
The side, coached by Colm O’Toole and Stephen O’Sullivan, breezed through to today’s decider with Ballymakenny following a strong of fine wins.
And while today’s final was undoubtedly a tougher affair, Mountrath dug deep to pull off a five point victory.
Eli Heffernan, Brian Kuehnle and semi final hat-trick hero Josh O’Brien Holmes all crossed the whitewash today for crucial tries.
One of those was converted by captain Joseph O’Toole who would later climb the steps in Energia Park for the second time in the last couple of days.
O’Toole, along with Eli Heffernan and Michael O’Brien, were part of the Portlaoise team that defeated Tullow to claim the Leinster U-16 Plate in Dublin on Monday.
They and their teammates celebrated a brilliant victory which heralds the start of something new and exciting for all in Mountrath CS.
SCORERS – Eli Heffernan, Brian Kuehnle, Josh O’Brien Holmes (1 try each), Joe O’Toole (1 conversion)
MOUNTRATH CS: Michael Culliton, James Kidd, Michael O’Brien, Josh O’Brien-Holmes, Brian Kuehnle, Joe O’Toole, Dylan Kelly; Timi Orelaja, Colin Scully, Billy Kerry, Glen Connolly, Adam Fitzpatrick, Jordan Egan, Darragh Phelan, Eli Heffernan. Replacements: Kyle Carey-Boyan, Aidan Goodson, Brandon Boyhan, Stephen Bergin, Matthew Quinlan, Colm Rafter, James Bennett, Jamie Mulhall
Coaches: Colm O’Toole and Stephen O’Sullivan
Mentors: Jim Peters, Fionn McWey and Allan Connolly