Portlaoise RFC 17 Clondalkin 5
Hosie Cup Final
Portlaoise RFC brought the 2019 season to the perfect conclusion as they defeated Clondalkin in Cill Dara this afternoon.
The Hosie Cup is a pre-season competition but the final of it is always played around Christmas time.
Portlaoise reached the decider back in October after seeing off Naas in the semi final.
And today’s victory represents their first triumph in the competition since 2008.
The first half was a cagey affair with the first score taking 27 minutes to arrive – and it was an unconverted try for the Dublin men.
Portlaoise were reduced to 14 men around this time too as Armand Smit was sin binned but they got a crucial score just before the break.
Flanker Mark Sherlock was the man to cross the whitewash and that was converted by winger John Scully to leave Portlaoise 7-5 ahead at half time.
And Portlaoise made a dream start to the second half when substitute Ross Cooper crashed over for an unconverted try which left them seven points clear after 42 minutes.
After that, Portlaoise had to dig in and hold onto their advantage which they did through some resolute defending.
And just ten minutes from the end they made the game safe when Paddy Coss, who was brilliant throughout, went over for their third try.
Attentions will now turn back to the league in 2020 where Portlaoise are well in the hunt for promotion from Division 2A.
PORTLAOISE: Will Newbolt, John Scully, Armand Smit, Simon Williams, Cormac Doyle, Darragh McAuley, Aron Coughlan; Paddy Coss, Harry Lalor, Brian Flannery, Paudie Burke, Diarmuid Joyce, Mark Sherlock, Kevin Griffen, Robin Foot. Replacements: Shane Reilly, Ross Cooper, Iain Corrigan, Jack Reddin, Gavin Thompson