Tullamore U-16s won the clubs 60th title (57 Leinster and 3 All Ireland) on Saturday against a Navan side that had won the Leinster U-15 last season.
From the kick off Navan put Tullamore under pressure and had them pinned back in their 22. Tullamore defended very well and won a scrum from a knock on. The ball was passed through the hands from the scrum and winger Adam Mangan split the Navan defence to put the first score on the board when he a scored a try in the corner.
Navan, playing against a strong wind, failed to clear their lines and with Tullamore attacking very well there was always going to be penalties given away. Karl Dunne took advantage when Navan were penalised for the defending player not releasing.
Within five minutes Karl added another three when Navan were penalised for the same offence. Just before the break Navan kicked into the Tullamore 22 and the ball was secured by full back Alan Geoghegan who brought the backs with him the full length of the field.
He off loaded to Declan Byrne who drew his man very well to leave room for Adam Mangan to go over for his second try. Karl added the conversion and Tullamore went in 18–0 up. Navan had the benefit of the strong wind in the second half and piled on the pressure. Tullamore defended as if their lives depended on it and their defence was only broken once when Navan went over for their only score of the game.
Tullamore forwards and backs held their line very well and Navan ended up making very little ground. When Oisin Cusack stepped up in the line and intercepted a Navan pass with about seven minutes to go, he travelled the full length on the pitch to add another try. Once again Karl added the conversion. Navan had no way back at this stage.
Tullamore played very well and deserved their victory. This was a good team performance. Every player did their bit on the day. The pack rucked and mauled against a good Navan pack and left good clean ball for the backs.
There was some great tackles put in. The front five of Shane Minnock, Glen Bagnall, Kealan Feery, David Brophy and Sean Milner played as a tight unit and the back of the scrum Conor Martin, Jerome Scully and Dylan Martin had very good games. Captain Oisin Cusack had a great game and backs of Adam Mangan, Declan Byrne, James Lalor and Alan Geoghegan ran some great lines. Karl Dunne kicked very well and used the strong wind to his advantage.
Tullamore Squad: Shane Minnock, Glen Bagnall, Kealan Feery, David Brophy, Sean Milner, Jerome Scully, Conor Martin, Dylan Martin, Karl Dunne, Oisin Cusack, Declan Byrne, James Lalor Michael Keogh, Adam Mangan, Alan Geoghegan, Eoghan Galvin, Ryan Daly, Tiernan Mealiffe, Jack McNamara, Stephen Norton and Aaron Pierse,