Match Centre

Under 20s

Seapoint Rugby Club

18

Galwegians

12
Harry Gale Cup Saturday 27 April @ 3:00 pm Energia Park (Donnybrook Stadium)

On Saturday 27 April Seapoint Under-20s finished the season in style by winning the Harry Gale cup at a sunny Energia Park. The win capped a fine season for the young side, expertly coached by Darragh Mullins and Pete Lyons. Having finished third in the league, they reached the final by overcoming a previously unbeaten Blackrock side in the semi-final, earning a place in the final against a strong Galwegians side.

Seapoint started well and early pressure led to a 40m penalty, which Sam O’Donovan landed, to give Seapoint an early lead. Seapoint then started to put pressure on Galwegians, but as they knew from the two previous encounters between the two sides this season (one win each), this is a strong Galwegians side and it took resolute defence from Seapoint to keep them at bay. Good forward pressure led to another Seapoint penalty, which O’Donovan converted for a 6-0 lead.

A Galwegians break from inside their half led to the first try of the game, which meant that Seapoint had a slender 6-5 lead going into half time.

Seapoint started the second half well with forwards and back combining well to put Galwegians on the back foot and all the efforts soon told when Rory Balmaine finished off a strong maul for Seapoint’s first try of the game. O’Donovan’s conversion made it 13-6 to Seapoint.

The Seapoint lineout was a very strong suit all afternoon and, combined with an impressive maul and some fine passing moves in the backline, Seapoint started to look comfortable. Galwegians were lucky not to have a man in the bin for a deliberate knock on close to their own line, but Seapoint were not to be denied and Daire Frankling finished off a fine lineout maul, touching down to give Seapoint what looked like a significant 18-5 lead.

Seapoint were looking comfortable at this point, but Galwegians were brave and stubborn and they soon had a converted try of their own to leave the margin down to six. It was a rather nervous finish to the match, but the Seapoint defence was valiant and skilful and they managed to keep Galwegians out for a deserved win. When the referee finally blew his whistle, the score was 18-12 to Seapoint – never in doubt!

The trophy was proudly brought home and presented that evening at the players’ dinner, with captain Charlie McLoughlin and vice-captain Andy O’Donovan leading their team in to a standing ovation. A fitting end to a fine season for the under-20s.

Seapoint Rugby Club 18 - 12 Galwegians

  • Saturday 27 April 2024 @ 3:00 pm
  • Harry Gale Cup Final
  • Energia Park (Donnybrook Stadium)
5
Played
4
Won
0
Drawn
1
Lost

Previous meetings

05 Dec 21 2:00 pmJP Fanagan (U20) - Premier 2 Galwegians v Seapoint Rugby Club 10 - 33
27 Feb 22 3:00 pmJP Fanagan (U20) - Premier 2 Seapoint Rugby Club v Galwegians 52 - 10
22 Oct 23 3:00 pmJP Fanagan (U20) - Premier 3 Galwegians v Seapoint Rugby Club 41 - 17
18 Feb 24 3:00 pmJP Fanagan (U20) - Premier 3 Seapoint Rugby Club v Galwegians 31 - 20
27 Apr 24 3:00 pmHarry Gale Cup Seapoint Rugby Club v Galwegians 18 - 12