Mar 162014

The u18’s pan Munster final took place on Saturday in the back pitch of Thomand Park .Old rivals Bruff & Young Munsters went head to head to claim the title.The two teams meet last January on a miserable sunday morning in the league final which Bruff claimed with a 2 point victory. Saturdays weather was glorious & there was a fantastic buzz in the grounds with huge support for both teams .Before the game got underway  Bruff got their first hurdle to get over when one of the squad  Darragh Moore got a bad knock in the warm up which deemed him unable to play . Bruff got of to a steady start & had most of the play in opening half  however Young Munster got on the score board 1st with a penalty .Bruff soon levelled the score 3-3 .with 15mins to the half way mark Brian Fanning took full advantage of a break up the wing to get Bruffs first try of the game & giving Bruff 8-3 lead, 5mins to half time,Centre Jack o Grady got a break a nailed a 2nd try , penalties were exchanged ,outhalf Paul Downes having to manage constant wind  change  Bruff went ahead 16-6 at the whistle .

The 2nd half got under way with fierce intensity & just 3 mins in the clock was stopped for almost ten mins as a  Young Munster player took a bad knock in a collision .The break in play  changed the  mood of the game and momentum was with Young Munster & they got in with a try narrowing the gap to 16-11 within mins of the restart.A penalty for Bruff soon followed &  the lads settled back  to business and  were excellent in defence  denying munsters on several occasions of scoring .Bruff never taking the foot off the gas drove munsters back time after time and a final penalty to bruff  in what seemed like a never ending half with over 15 mins injury time played gave Bruff a 22 -11 victory & the title of Munster champions which they have worked so hard for since last sept .
Well Done to Timmy , Eoin ,Johnny & All the squad on a fantastic achievement and a massive thanks to Grainne Hayes for all her work with the lads .


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