Moyne Community School reached the Leinster Junior Rugby Development Cup Final following a well deserved victory over Co Meath opponents Ratoath College at Longford RFC, CPL Park, on Thursday last.
The visitors managed to turn around a nine-point deficit back to just a two-point game with four minutes remaining. But Moyne’s towering full back Ryan McGahern then put the game beyond all doubt when he cut through the tough Ratoath rearguard and touched down near the corner flag for a try to clinch the victory.
Moyne got off to a fabulous start when they got their first try inside five minutes. Ratoath lost possession and Paul Donnelly was in the right place to capitalise on this costly error and Mark Hughes landed the conversion.
But their seven-point advantage was quickly reduced back to two when Ratoath’s physical strength yielded a try as they got right back into contention.
In the second half, Moyne were put under severe pressure but defended their lines bravely and while Ratoath closed the gap they were unable to salvage the situation with the well engineered late try from Ryan McGahern making sure of the Moyne win.
MOYNE CS: Francis Flynn, Barry Smith, Joseph Reynolds, James Kiernan, Paul Donnelly (try), James Heslin, John Martin, James McGahern, Mark Hughes, Cathal McCabe, Oisin Sheridan, Cormac McCabe, Izu Cheimka (try), Aaron McGee, Ryan Magarahan (try).