Leinster half-back Andrew Dunne kicked an 80th-minute penalty as Old Belvedere snuck home in a memorable Leddin Finance Leinster Senior Cup final at Donnybrook on Sunday.
LEDDIN FINANCE LEINSTER SENIOR CUP FINAL: Sunday, November 12
CLONTARF 16 OLD BELVEDERE 19, Donnybrook
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Declan Quinn, Niall Carson; Pens: Daragh O'Shea 2
Belvedere: Try: Eamon Fitzgerald; Con: Andrew Dunne; Pens: Dunne 3; Drop: Dunne
Clontarf had their chances of retaining the title - they beat St. Mary's College in last season's decider - blown apart as Dunne, a former 'Tarf player, kicked the Anglesea Road men to victory and their first Leinster Senior Cup success since 1968.
The 27-year-old, who had spells in England with NEC Harlequins and Bath before returning home this summer, landed three penalties, a drop goal and converted full-back Eamon Fitzgerald's first half try to see the AIB League Division Two club claim a famous scalp.
Former Belvedere College student Dunne kicked 'Belvo' in front with a third-minute penalty. Dunne and the title holders' centre Daragh O'Shea swapped penalties before O'Shea capped off an excellent period of dominance from the 'Tarf pack to boot his second penalty, 22 minutes in.
Belvo, coached by New Zealander Mike O'Donovan, Richie Murphy and Warren O'Kelly, took control for the remainder of the first half and although Dunne was wayward from two penalty attempts, the 5ft 9in out-half regained his poise to convert Fitzgerald's effort and dink over a smartly-taken drop goal just before the break.
'Tarf wasted little time in rubbing out the underdogs' 16-6 interval lead. Just nine minutes into the second half, replacement flanker Declan Quinn muscled over after good interplay between his forward colleagues. O'Shea's conversion attempt dropped wide but Phil Werahiko's men were back on terms when hooker Niall Carson, who played out of position at flanker for the first half, took a clever angle off a close-in ruck to touch down and level at 16-all.
O'Shea could not add the extras however and it was left to Dunne to sew up the win for Belvo, landing the crucial penalty kick to secure the southside club's 11th Leinster Senior Cup title.
Clontarf: Matt Hethery; Philip Howard, Daragh O'Shea, Niall McNamara, Max Rantz-McDonald; Peter O'Brien, Fiach O'Loughlin (capt); Johnny Wickham, Cian Healy, Adrian Clarke, John Duffy, Alan Trenier, Simon Crawford, Niall Carson, Martin Garvey.
Replacements used: Niall O'Brien for Rantz-McDonald (11 mins), John Kennedy for McNamara, Declan Quinn for Healy, Philip Purdue for Garvey (all half-time), Brian Collins for P O'Brien (75). Not used: Dave Hegarty, Ronan Dillon.
Old Belvedere: Eamon Fitzgerald; Philip Treacy, Barry Kinsella, David Sharkey, Kevin Barden; Andrew Dunne, Ruairi Cushion; Rory Keane, David Gavin, Marcin Wilczuk, Eric Jackman, Ronan Sharkey, Mick McLoughlin, David Shanley (capt), Steve Rockett.
Replacements used: Conor Davis for Shanley (56 mins), Brad Kose for Keane (61), Chris Kennedy for R Sharkey (68), Richie Murphy for Cushion (75). Not used: Paddy Hogan, Paddy O'Meara, Dave Keogh.
Referee: Mark Gargan (Leinster)