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Firsts 13 – Clontarf 25


Match Result

  • Result: Galwegians Firsts 13 - Clontarf 25
  • Venue: Crowley Park on Sat Feb 21st 2009
  • Competition: AIL Division 1

Match Report

A hat-trick of tries from winger and Galway native Niall O’Brien saw Clontarf move up to second place in the Division 1 Table after a comfortable win away to a below-par Galwegians at Crowley Park. The home side played with the advantage of a strong first-half breeze but they failed to make use of the elements, with just a brace of Rob O’Beirn penalties to their name. O’Brien finished well for his first try on 20 minutes to give Tarf a 7-6 half-time lead.

The visitors were always in control in the second-half, and two early Daragh O’Shea penalties stretched their lead to seven points. O’Brien then scored his second try on the hour mark after an intercept, before completing his hat-trick when he finished under the posts near full-time. Galwegians’ only consolation was an injury-time try from John Cleary who ran fully 80 metres to score, but it was too little too late for the Blues.


Galwegians: R O'Beirn (sub: B Murphy, 45); J Cleary, C Brigl, C Rodgers, B Lee; C O’Beirne, T Ellard (sub: R. Shaughnessy, 79); L Casserly, I Muldoon (capt.), D Boyd (sub: J Moran, 53); L Scahill, D Nolan; J Stephens, C Muldoon (A O’Sullivan, 53), J Lyne (sub: J Naughton 71) Clontarf: M Dufficy; P Howard (sub: M Rantz-McDonald, 60) , D O’Shea (capt.), B O’Donnell, N O’Brien; P O’Brien, S Tracey; M Garvey, N Carson, H Stride; S Crawford (sub: K Dorrian, 77), B Reilly; N Treston; A Dundon, A Clarke (YC, 73).

Match Notes

Galwegians Scorers: Try: John Cleary. Penalties: Rob O’Beirn (2); Conversion: Cormac O’Beirne. Clontarf Scorers: Tries: N O’Brien (3); Penalties: D O’Shea (2); Conversions: D O'Shea (2). Ref: A Lewis

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