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Ireland U-18 Club Side Reach FIRA-AER Championship Final

Ireland U-18 Club Side Reach FIRA-AER Championship Final

The Ireland Under-18 Club side continued their great run of form in the FIRA-AER U18 Championship in France by defeating England U-18 10-7 to reach the final of the competition for the first time.

Ireland opened the scoring with a long range penalty from wide on the right touch line through out-half Niall Earls to go 3-0 up.  Heavy pressure by the England pack on the Irish line soon followed, but great spoiling work by scrum half Charlie Mulchrone, who had a storming game, saw Ireland win a penalty to clear the danger.

Ireland then threatened the English line with several rolling mauls from lineouts and after 28 minutes, Mulchrone broke to feed loosehead prop Jason East to score the vital try.  The score was also converted by Earls, but Ireland were dealt a blow when the out-half had to leave the field injured just before the break.

England came back strongly in the second half and scored a converted try five minutes into the half to make it 10-7.  The rest of the game saw Ireland dominate proceedings and could have scored after two breaks by replacement out-half Rory Stynes and the sprightly Mulchrone.

The Ireland defence held firm to see out the rest of the game and give themselves a deserved victory over a very strong England team.

Ireland will now play France in the final on Saturday in Dax (kick-off 5pm local time).

The coaching staff were delighted with the result and head coach Greg Lynch said: “The boys really played some excellent rugby and got excatly what they deserved.  England were a good side and but I think that we were unlucky not to extend our lead.  Our defence had to be good, as did all facets of our game, but they stuck to their task and were superb. The next challenge for the team is to go one step further against France and to do that we will have to up our performance again”.



Player                           Club

15 – Eoghan Conran         Naas

14 – John O’Brien            Connemara

13- Danny Barnes            Tralee

12 – Eamonn Sheridan      Navan (Captain)

11 – Colm Brady               Kilkenny

10 – Niall Earls                  Wicklow

9 – Charlie Mulchrone        Wilmslow

1 – Jason East                 Sligo

2 – Joe MacManus            London Irish

3 – Conor Higgins             Ballinasloe

4 – Michael Lenihan          Mallow

5 – Charlie Armstrong       Penzance

6 – Sean Dougall              Newcastle Falcons

7 – Liam Carpenter           Westport

8 – Dermot Murphy          Galwegians



16 – James Robinson        Corinthians

17 – Gavin Duffy              Sundays Well

18 – Paul Molloy                 Waterpark

19 – John Dever              Tallaght

20 – Mark Flanagan           Mullingar

21 – Seamus McKimm       RGS High Wycombe

22 – David McIIwaine        Larne

23 – Adam Kennedy         Buccaneers

24 – Rory Stynes            Carlow

25 – Aengus O’Connell      Corinthians

26 – Charlie Ingall             London Wasps