Waterpark under 16’s qualify for Munster final.
Waterpark 16- Bantry Bay 0
Waterpark continue their tradition of reaching a Munster Youths final with this victory over Bantry Bay. In fact Waterpark are the only club in Munster to have both under 16s and 18s qualified for the Pan Munster competitions every year since it commenced.
The game began at a frantic pace with the visitors taking the game to their hosts but the Waterpark defence held firm with some excellent defence. Slowly Waterpark came into the game and Out Half Alex Molloy kicked the opening points of the game with a well struck penalty from the ten metre line when Bantry were penalised for off side. Molloy struck again from a similar position after a number of probing attacks from the home side with Full back Eoin Mc Grath to the fore. Waterpark were well on top at this stage with Bantry finding themselves behind in a game for the first time in this competition.
The second half begin with Bantry attacking the Waterpark line but again some great rucking and tackling in defence prevented Bantry from scoring. Bantry did cross for a try but this was ruled out by the referee after a double movement from the Bantry player. From the penalty Waterpark relieved the pressure and again upped their game to stun this Bantry team. Great work by the forwards in the middle of the park gave Molloy the opportunity he needed and beat 3 defenders to score the only try of the game. Waterpark’s fitness level began to tell and great work from Jack Nolan presented the ball to Molloy who dropped a goal for about ten metres out to give the home side a 16 point lead.
While Molloy takes the praise for scoring all the points, it was a team effort to create the opportunities for the outhalf. To a man every one tackled their hearts out with only two missed tackles in the entire second half showing the spirit and togetherness in the team.
The final is a unique affair for Munster rugby as it pits together two Waterford sides, with Dungarvan providing the opposition.