Last Friday the Abbey’s Senior Under 19 rugby team travelled to Clonmel to play St Annes, Killaloe in the final of the O’Brien Cup.
The Tipperary town team started at a high tempo and early pressure forced Killaloe to concede a penalty which was converted by Ciarán Lowry. The kick off was then caught by Cormac O’Donohue who began his solo run from the half way line and touched down in the corner to finish a great individual effort. The conversion was just wide from Ciarán Lowry.
Killaloe responded quickly finishing a good move with a try but the conversion was kicked wide. Abbey kept up the high tempo and forced Killaloe to give away another two penalties in the first half within kicking distance. Ciarán Lowry kept his cool to score the two. Killaloe finished the half well with another try and the Abbey lead at half time 14-10.
Killaloe came out looking like a different team in the second half. Abbey only left their own half four times in the second half and the first twenty minutes of the half were played within the Abbey’s half. Early in the half Emmet Fitzpatrick and David Cussen were forced off injured, they were replaced by Liam O’Dwyer and Sean Stokes.
The pressure was showing as Pat Corcoran was yellow carded for an offence in a maul, although some brave defence from the Abbey prevented Killaloe from leaving with a score. Pat Corcoran was then replaced by Ryan Donoghue. With 15 minutes left a good counter attack from the Abbey left them near the Killaloe line and Ciarán Lowry crossed beneath the posts. He stepped up and added the conversion. Chris Barry and Conor Kissane were replaced by William McGrath and Eamonn O Carroll.
The Abbey were now 14 points up and Killaloe were left with no chance of a comeback when Ciarán Lowry scored a penalty and a drop-goal in quick succession. The Abbey saw out the last five minutes to finish off a great performance and end with a convincing 27-10 win to retain the O’Brien Cup.
Abbey: Pat Corcoran, Brian Kinane, Maciek Slomain, James Gubbin, Christopher Barry, John Richardson, Pearse Richardson, Cormac O’Donohue, Jake O’Halloran, Ciarán Lowry, David Cussen, Keith Ryan, Conor Kissane, Sean Cunningham, Emmet Fitzpatrick. Subs: Paudie Bowes, Ryan Donohue, Sean Stokes, Eamonn O’Carroll, Liam O’Dwyer, William McGrath.
Report - Gavin Hickey