A scrum

Emerald Warriors R.F.C. 40

Tallaght 2nd R.F.C. 26

Tries: Robert Hudson 2, Karl Segrave, Sean Judd
Con: Robert Hudson 2, Tony McManus

Dr Kieran Foley Cup (J5) – Group B
Park Avenue

Tallaght’s 2nd team took on Emerald warriors in the Dr Kieran Foley Cup in Templeville Road. The Warriors scored the first two tries of the match to take a 12-0 lead. But then Rob Hudson hit back with two excellent individual tries. He converted both of them to give Tallaght a 14-12 half-time lead.

The Warriors were better organised though and had more players available and as Tallaght tired in the second half, they began to dominate and scored four converted tries to take a 40-14 lead. However Tallaght didn’t give up and Karl Segrave got over for a try. With Hudson off the field injured and none of the backs putting their hand up, prop Tony McManus stepped up to the plate and slotted the conversion with aplomb. Then in the final play of the game, Sean Judd got over in the corner for a fourth Tallaght try. McManus took on the much tougher conversion and though it was a fine effort, it fell just short to make the final score 40-26.

The Warriors were deserved winners but Tallaght showed great fighting spirit, especially considering the team had been thrown together at very short notice.

Man of the match: Robert Hudson

Tallaght 2nds

15. Tony O’Loughlin
14. Owen Tyrrell
13. Gavin McKeon
12. Karl Seagrave
11. Mark Conway
10. Stephen Heaney
9. Robert Hudson

1. Alan Sower
2. Simon Gaskell
3. Sean Hanlon
4. Brian Donnelly
5. Paul Cunningham
6. Dave Kelly
7. Arran OLoughlin
8. Sean Judd

16. Tony McManus
17. Daniel Pomares
18. Edward O’Brien
19. David Clarke
20. Simon Collie
21. Luke Tyrrell
22. Brian Tyrrell

Report: Jim O’Connor

Photo: Jim O’Connor