Bank Holiday Monday was Bank of Ireland Leinster Youth Cup Finals day for the U14, U5 and U16 levels.

Down for decision were six titles, 12 teams representing from 10 different clubs across the province. The games kicked off at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and were spread over the two pitches in Donnybrook. 

First up were U14 Longford v Wexford in the Bank of Ireland U14 Plate Final and Tullamore v Boyne in the Bank of Ireland U14 Cup Final.

Longford were impressive from the outset, but the Wexford team proved to be too strong and finished out winners of the Plate final. The Cup Final was tight, with Tullamore pushing Boyne hard to the very end, but Boyne had done enough earlier on to hold on for the victory.

Coach Alan MacEneaney from Boyne was delighted to be in the final “It has been a fantastic season and that would not have been possible without the full cooperation and help of the parents of our players. All of our players have worked tirelessly in training throughout the season while also having a hell of a lot of fun and enjoyment along the way. We are looking forward to the end of season finale against a very impressive and talented Tullamore side, which play a fantastic brand of rugby.”

At 2pm, the U15 games kicked off. The Bank of Ireland U15 Plate saw Athy face Portlaoise and this was an incredibly competitive game with both sides scoring from everywhere on the pitch. Portlaoise proved stronger on the day and clinched the win.

At the same time in front of the stand, the Bank of Ireland U15 McAuley Cup final was played between Gorey face local rivals Wexford. This was a massively tense game as all local derbies are. Gorey had two men sin binned whilst Wexford lost a man during the same incident. Buoyed on by the win of their younger club-mates, Wexford seemed to have another gear and won out to take home the McAuley Cup.

The U16 games kicked-off at 4pm and the Bank of Ireland U16 Youth Plate was contested by Boyne and Cill Dara on pitch two. This was a real battle, Boyne were on their uppers to try and emulate the success of their U14 club-mates. It was a close run game with only 2 points in it at the end. Boyne won.

The Bank of Ireland U16 Youth Cup final was a Kildare derby. Naas took on North Kildare on pitch one for the honour of lifting the cup. Naas were the more nervous and North Kildare settled in much better. The first 20 minutes were all North Kildare and they grew in confidence. Naas dug deep but really, North Kildare cruised to a great victory with wonderful running rugby and ran in tries from all over the field to take the win.

Congratulations to all teams that participated in the Youths Final last Monday.