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Navan And Shannon/St. Mary’s Win All-Ireland Age Grade Finals

Navan And Shannon/St. Mary’s Win All-Ireland Age Grade Finals

There was joy and silverware for Navan and the combined Shannon/St. Mary’s teams in Naas on Saturday in the All-Ireland age grade finals.

Navan U17s

The Navan Under-17s were up first in the double header and put in a strong second half performance to beat a gritty Bruff side.

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It was all square at half-time and with Bruff having missed a penalty in a stiff wind.

Navan got the scoring underway in the second half with a try from Fergal Cleary converted by Eamonn Sheridan.

Bruff pulled it back to 7-7 with a converted try but Navan ran in two more scores to take the game and the trophy on a final scoreline of 17-7.

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In the Under-19 final, Shannon/St. Mary’s had to withstand a late surge from Malone before running out 21-16 winners.

Conor Burns and Tim Durkan traded early penalties and the Limerick side were 6-3 to the good and gradually grabbed the game by the scruff.

Number 8 Craig McCallum reached over from close range following a lineout to give Shannon/St. Mary’s their first try after 33 minutes, with Burns adding the conversion to leave it 11-3 at half-time.

David Evans added another try in the second half and Burns” conversion made it 18-3. A 50th minute penalty seemed to galvanise Malone but Burns landed another penalty to make it 21-6 late in the game.

A yellow card for Alex McNamara saw Shannon/St. Mary’s reduced to 14 men with ten minutes to play and Malone came with their late charge. An enormous drive from their pack lead to a scrum and a quick ball saw Jack McMurty score for Malone.

They kept up the pressure and were rewarded with Gary Andrews’ injury-time try to reduce the lead to five points. The young Limerick outfit held out for the remaining minutes to seal the witn and the trophy.

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