Last Tuesday, Gormanston College and Balbriggan Community College played for the “Tom Poynton Snr” perpetual trophy under lights at Balbriggan RFC…

As this was the first competitive outing for Gormanston this season the Balbriggan boys were confident of wining the trophy and thus gain revenge for last years defeat.

Within the first five minutes Gormanston scored the opening try when their out half Richie Keane kicked a cross ball which was collected and scored by centre Conor Nolan. Balbriggan immediately began to turn the screw and in the 20th minute a rash clearance kick on the Gormanston line was collected by was Daragh O’Cuinneagan to score.

Gormanston struck back immediately and from a quickly taken 20m penalty caught the Balbriggan boys napping for Philip Von Pappenheim to score under the posts. Again Balbriggan began to build the phases and their stronger scrum began to take control. From a 10m scrum in the twenty ninth minute the Balbriggan No.8 Kevin Kiernan picked and drove to score a fine converted try. As Balbriggan continued to pressurise the Gormanston line a turnover ball was quickly spread out wide by Gormanston who ran in for their third converted try scored by Stephen Tracey to leave the half time score 21-12 to the visitors.

Within ten minutes of the restart Gormanston stretched their lead with a well taken drop goal by out half Keane. Balbriggan as you would expect struck back and when awarded a 5m penalty chose a scrum from which Kiernan again picked and scored under the posts. With the score now 24-19 in favour of Gormanston it looked as though the tide was turning in Balbriggans favour, Richie Keane had other ideas and in the 27th minute he scored a superb try in the corner.

Balbriggan were rattled and five minutes later a loose clearance kick didn’t find touch and centre Conor Nolan picked up the ball on the Balbriggan 10m line and with blistering pace and some poor tackling scored a superb try to seal the match. Beaten but not yet out, Balbriggan closed off the game in the last minute of the match when a 15m penalty was popped to lock forward Mark Spellman who crashed over to leave the final score 34-26 in favour of the Gormanston boys.

Man of the match had to go to Gormanston out half Richie Keane and is certainly a player to watch in the future

Gormanston:

Andy McCaffrey, Mike O‘Shea, Philip Von Pappenheim, Mirco Pilapl, Mortimer Krupke, Alex Kanibolotskiy, Lloyd Obiorah, Gaudenz Kripp, Sean O’Byrne, Richie Keane, Conor Nolan, Constantin Zenz, Stephen Tracey, Clemens Von Treuenfels, Harry McNally, Chris Ward, Cathal McEaney, Max Hirm

Balbriggan CC:

Aaron Howley, Barry Turner, David Delaney, Mark Spellman, John Kiernan, James Gibbs, Daragh O’Cuinneagain, Kevin Kiernan, Paddy McNally, Dylan Staunton, Glen Healy, Jack Gladwin, Mikey Courtney, Padraig Hickey, Shane Bertram, Thomas Domigan, Peter Moore, Stephen O’Byrne, Karl McDonagh, Taiwo Tibetan

For any further information on rugby in the area please contact Leinster CCRO Rob Conway on 087-2433498 or alternatively at robconway11@yahoo.com