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Vikings Win Leinster League Final

Vikings win Leinster League Final

Wicklow Greystones Vikings 28 Clontarf 27


The unique amalgamated team the Wicklow / Greystones Vikings having finished convincingly at the top of the league table with an unblemished record played the league Grand Final on Sunday in Dr. Hickey Park, Greystones. 
 This was an eagerly awaited match -up between the Vikings and Clontarf Rugby Club the top two protagonists for the title of league Champions. It was played in near perfect condition’s in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd who witnessed a superb game which was a fantastic advertisement for youth rugby in Leinster. 


The Vikings started well playing into the village end with the wind. First blood went to the Vikings with a Penalty kick from first centre Conor Curran, five minutes into the half. Sustained pressure from the Vikings lead to their first try on ten minutes in the form of a beautiful Cross field kick from fly half Harry Kirk to the left wing chased down by Ronan Pedreschi and Cal Conolly with Pedreschi winning the chase and going over for a well won try which went unconverted by the Vikings kicker.


Upon the restart it was all Vikings with all of the game up to this point being played in the Clontarf half.
From an over thrown Vikings lineout Clontarf cleared down field. Fullback and Captain Nicholas Quirk recovered the ball and attacked down the right wing . The ball was recycled and centre Conor Curran kicked a low trajectory box kick which he then chased down himself. Curran out sprinted the Clontarf scrumhalf in an one on one chase and dived on the ball, scoring the Vikings second try, which he also converted.
25 minutes gone 15-0 up Clontarf had woken up in final 15 minutes of the half with a purple patch producing a converted try and a missed penalty kick for the ‘Tarf kicker which was to cost them dearly before the afternoon was through. The first half ended with a score 15-7 in favour of the Vikings with possession and territory statistics also going to the Vikings.
The second half began with two changes to the Vikings line up with Alex Gaughran on for Luke Boyce and Fionan Teevan on for Ben Guest. Clontarf scored early with an unconverted try to make it 15 to 12. Followed by a Vikings penalty kick from the 15 metre line making it 18 -12. 
 Clontarf added another unconverted try making it 18 -17. This score was answered quickly by Nick Quirkes try which was converted by the Vikings making it 25 to 17 midway through the second half. The Vikings fly half recieved superb delivery from scrum half Luke Corcoran all the entire game.
Again Clontarf attacked, scoring an unconverted try to make it 25 to 22. The Vikings responded with another successful penalty kick from Conor Curran making it 28 to 22 with 8 minutes remaining.
The closing minutes of the game were a real test of the Vikings defense . Clontarf scored what looked like a winning try but remarkably the seemingly simple conversion was missed and the Vikings were the champions on a final scoreline of 28 - 27
The Vikings pack led by Cillian Ballesty supported by Patrick Nixon, Dylan Pippet and some stand out work from Stephen Swann had the measure of the Clontarf pack throughout the game. They were no doubt affected by the loss of Boyce in the second half. The movement of the Clontarfs marauding No. 8 into their backline late in the game clearly was handful for the Vikings but really any other kind of result would have been an injustice to this group of players and coaches who have worked incredibly hard to make a success of their unique season. There is more to savour from these two teams when they meeta again in the on May 7th this time in Clontarf for the Final of the Leinster Schools and Youths Cup.
A League and Cup double is a possibility but there is much work to be done by the squad before then in preparation for that. 
 The Vikings were :
Patrick Nixon, Harry Noonan, Stephen Swann, Dylan Pippet, Ben Guest, Zack White, Luke Boyce, Cillian Ballesty, Luke Corcoran, Harry Kirk, Conor Curran, Cal Connolly, Ronan Pedreschi, Conor Dole, Nicholas Quirke, Fionan Teevan, Alex Gaughran, Hristiyan Ivanov, Callum Rea, Darren Byrne, Alfie Heather. 
 Tries: Ronan Pedreschi, Conor Curran, Nicholas Quirke.
Conversions: C. Curran x 2.
Penalties: C. Curran x 3.

 

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