Clontarf made the small trip to Lansdowne Road hoping to retain their UBL title after a long season.
Clontarf started well and were rewarded with a penalty; Lansdowne replied in kind and after another bout of ‘tarf Pressure the visitors went ahead again.
Lansdowne then managed some sustained pressure and with a crossfield kick scored a try in the corner.
Half time saw the hosts leading by 2.
The second half started brightly for Clontarf and scrum pressure told for another penalty and a yellow card against a Lansdowne prop. Clontarf scoring 11 points 2 penalties and a try during a good period. 17 – 8.
The hosts confidence was not breached however and from a rolling maul scored another try to narrow the gap to 2 points. Another penalty edged the hosts ahead. Clontarf attacking proved sterile and the game ended a disapointing 18-17 to lansdowne.
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Until Next season !!
Nearly the end of the season and both Clontarf and Cork Constitution are chasing points to ensure a play-off spot.
Clontarf started the game against a very strong wind hoping to keep the score close until half-time.
Cork got on the board with a penalty soon followed by a converted try. Clontarf Struggled to take a foothold on the visitor 22 and managed a try in the corner and converted from a difficult position. Cork replied straight away with an unconverted try and then dropped a gaol to keep the score ticking. ‘Tarf managed another try and a penalty to narrow the gap to two points on the half time.
The second half saw the visitors struggle against the wind and Clontarf overtake them then open a wider and wider gap. With 10 minutes to go Clontarf concentration slipped and two yellows were conceded in quick succession. This led to Cork Con applying even more pressure trying to get something out of the game. Clontarf two men down managed to counter and score another try. This was however not the end of the game and cork attacked relentlessly to get a try and some hope with the game nearing the closing stages. After one more foray in the Cork 22 Clontarf lost the ball and the visitors snatched a try bonus at the death.
Final score 43 -28
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Clontarf J4 and Naas were contesting Metro div 6 final in Castle Avenue.
After a bright start the hosts Scored a try near the posts and converted. Naas playing well attempted to reply but they lacked continuity mount a sustained attack. Clontarf managed to put more pressure on the visitors and Got rewarded with a penalty followed by a try in the corner before half time. The score at half time 15-0 to Clontarf
After half time Clontarf pressure told with a penalty and yellow card to Naas Midfield for repeated infringement. Despite this Naas fought to try and get on the scoresheet and despite some good passage of play could not break the Clontarf defense. The numerical advantage that followed payed of for Clontarf with a try under the posts. Clontarf led 25 -0. More sustained pressure from the host and with the backs gaining confidence had them score another try to make sure of the Game. Naas yet to get on the score board piled on more and more pressure towards the end of the game, to finally score in the corner. Final score 32 -7.
A very good game played in the right spirit by both teams.
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