On a perfect day for rugby Seapoint won the Schools and Youths U14 league in beating a very powerful Malahide side by 21 points to 7 at Anglesea Road today.
Seapoint started with a real focus and scored the first try after only 3 minutes. Tom Kelly made a strong break from inside his 22 and got as far as the 10 metre line in the Malahide half before releasing Cameron Madden on the wing with a perfect pass for Cameron to scorch down the wing and score under the posts. Sean Ross added the conversion to make it a perfect start for Seapoint to lead 7 points to nil.
Malahide responded strongly and applied pressure through their massive pack on the Seapoint line for a 10 minute period but could not make the breakthrough they needed. Nobody epitomised Seapoint's absolute determination more than Eoghan Clarke, their captain, and Robert Doyle who made some massive tackles to keep them out.
Seapoint eventually lifted the siege and scored their second try at the end of the second half through Eoghan Clarke following a series of drives to the line by their pack in the right hand corner. Sean Ross added a fantastic conversion from the touchline to make it 14 points to nil at half time.
Malahide showed real hunger at the start of the second half and scored after 11 minutes to the right of the posts. A successful conversion made the score 14 points to 7 and game on!
Seapoint upped their game again and created real pressure deep into the Malahide half but some brave defending by Malahide kept them out. Glen Mulvaney, Robert Ivers, ben ryan and Sean Ross all made decisive breaks only to be denied by some great tackling by the Malahide team. The pressure eventually told however when Glen Mulvaney picked up a loose ball inside his 22 and made a break towards the half way before releasing Robert Ivers to outpace the cover to score under the posts. Sean Ross added the conversion to make it 21 points to 7 with 5 minutes left.
Malahide again upped their game and some great last ditch tackling from Sean Ross and Paul Blake-Knox kept them out. A huge relieving kick from Tom Kelly relieved the pressure and following a turnover from the ensuing ruck Seapoint created one last chance but were again denied by some determined defending by Malahide.
To all of the parents and supporters - thank you for all your marvellous support along the way. Overall it was a fantastic display by the lads and Seapoint deservedly won out on the day.
Next week its the first round of the Metro Cup away against DLSP. After that is our trip to play Cork Con on 14 April. We also play Barnhall away in the semi final of the Schols and Youths Cup after the Cork Trip
1. Cian Reilly, 2. Andrew Bodley, 3. Eoghan Clarke (capt), 4. Davy Nash, 5. Robert Ivers, 6. ben ryan, 7 Donn Twomey, 8. Glen Mulvaney, 9. Shane O'Hanrahan, 10. Jack Handrick, 11. Paul Blake-Knox, 12. Tom Kelly, 13. Robert Doyle, 14. Cameron Madden, 15. Sean Ross, 16. Charlie Crown, 17. Theo Farrell, 18. Geoff Mahon, 19. Mark Cunningham, 20. Daniel O'Hara, 21. Rory Murphy, 22. Conan Hewitt. Darragh Forster/Andrew Doran/Santiago Martin-Villa