Despite the final scoreline, Athlone did not get it all their own way, and after taking a 7 point lead courtesy of Niall Smullens first try (converted by Dermot Keegan), Waterford replied immediately with a try by Karl Gaule. Despite both linesmen allowing the John Lillis conversion, the referee overruled them and the score remained 7-5 until the 32nd minute. Then, following some ferocious pressure on the Waterford scrum, NiallDivilly ghosted over after an error by the Waterfordbackrow. Lillis replied immediately for Waterfordwith a well taken penalty and 4 minutes later, the same player was very unlucky to see his well struck penalty drift wide at the last minute. Right on the stroke of half time, Smullen went in for his second try, and from the restart, Athlone rucked the ball into a favourable attacking position and Smullen then claimed his hat trick, with Keegan adding the points.
At this stage, it looked like one way traffic for the Athlone team as the second half commenced and one felt that after conceding 12 points just before the half-time break, Waterford's chance had gone. However, they re-emerged with purpose, and for thirty minutes laid siege to the Athlone line, only heroic defence by the Athlone team preventing Waterord from breaching that line on a number of occassions.
Waterford were now playing a high risk attacking game and following an error by the their backline on the 34th minute, Athlone brokefor a try by Colin Finnerty which sealed the outcome. Dermot Keegan ended the scoring with apenalty to leave the final score at 32 pts to 8 pts. in favour ofAthlone.
Athlone I.T. Geoff Kenny BuccaneersPaul Flanagan BuccaneersMarcus Madden BuccaneersRonan Farrell BuccaneersPat Rice FermoyAnthony Doolan BuccaneersAndy Hall LongfordJames Tormey BuccaneersTrevor Langley BuccaneersAnthony Cloonan BuccaneersColin Finnerty BuccaneersNiall Smullen BuccaneersAdrian Hughes BuccaneersJohnny McDonagh GalwegiansPeter Beirne BuccaneersDermot Keegan UnattachedPierre Cronje BuccaneersSean Quinn Buccaneers
Waterford Institute ofTechnology Team1. Michael Doherty Clanwilliam.2. Frankie Strumble Cashel.3. Michael Slattery Waterpark4. Anthony Hughes Buccaneers. 5. Aidan Walsh Waterpark.6. Dion O'Brien Bruff 7. Cian O'Connor Cork Constitution8. Karl Gaul Waterpark.9. Mark Finney Waterpark.10. John Lilis Old Crescent.11. Robbie Gaul Waterpark12. Andy O'Brien Waterpark.13.Dave Murphy Waterpark.14. Gary Conway Waterpark15. Peter Curran Waterpark.