U14 Development Cup: Rainey Old Boys 28 Virginia 21 Final

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Rainey OB defeat Virginia 28-21 in the U14 Cup Final

The Ulster Club Age Grade Finals took place on Saturday at Ravenhill with Rainey Old Boys and Virginia Under 14’s kicking off proceedings in the U14 Development Cup Final.

Report and pictures Cyril Boyd

In beautiful sunshine, both teams served up a feast of rugby to friends and parents who watched on.

All the pressure was initially from Virginia and only great defence held them out on two occasions, just short of the line.

It was Virginia who got the first points on the scoreboard with No 7, James Lennon burrowing his way over near the posts with the conversion successfully kicked by No 10, Milo Stafford.

Virginia apply the early pressure in the U14 Cup Final

Rather than daunting Rainey, it spurred them on and, within minutes, No 10, Joseph Cassidy broke through the middle to score under the posts with his team mate, Peter Coleman adding the extras to take the score to 7 – 7.

Quick handling in the middle saw Rainey increase their lead when, No 12, Cathair McBride burst through under the posts, Coleman knocking over the conversion to take the score to 14 -7.

Rainey’s Lorcan McLarnon breaks clear for a score in the U14 Cup Final

It was all Rainey at this stage and they pulled further ahead when, No 13, Lorcan McLarnon ran in at the corner which made life a bit more difficult for the conversion, but not impossible as Coleman’s expert kicking took the score to 21 – 7.

Despite the points gap, Virginia’s heads didn’t drop and they pressed their opponents back into their own half for an extended period.

Moving the ball quickly along the line enabled Virginia’s No 11, Matt Lynch to cross at the corner with Stafford adding the conversion. The fight back had begun with the score at 21 – 14.

Virginia’s Pat Crawley grabbed a second half try against Rainey.

Virginia’s Pat Crawley had been a thorn in Rainey’s side all day and the No 12 was the one to make the next move, cutting across from the left to plant the ball under the posts and make the conversion easy for Stafford which tied the game a 21 – 21.

Rainey’s Joseph Cassidy scored the winner in the U14 Cup Final.

Rainey needed a response and they found one with Cassidy going between the posts to his team mates delight. Conversion was slotted over this time by McBride to take the score to 28 – 21.

Both teams fought gamely to the end but when the whistle went it was the boys from Magherafelt who celebrated but they knew they’d been in a tough game!

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