Le­in­ster glory for Mckenna and Walsh

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICKLOW pair Jack McKenna and Liam Walsh both fea­tured for Le­in­ster U-18's as they lifted the Youth In­ter-Pro­vin­cial tro­phy on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Con­nacht was the side that stood be­tween Le­in­ster and glory but a per­for­mance of real met­tle saw Le­in­ster emerge tri­umphant by 10-7 in Mullingar.

Le­in­ster went into the fi­nal as favourites. They had al­ready beaten Con­nacht ear­lier in the league and their 48-3 semi-fi­nal an­ni­hi­la­tion of Ul­ster, in which McKenna and Walsh both scored tries, meant that ex­pec­ta­tion weighed on the young Le­in­ster squad's shoul­ders. And they didn't dis­ap­point. Thanks to a help­ing hand from hooker McKenna and Rath­drum man Walsh, both stars of Wicklow RFC who have re­cently been in­volved in the in­ter­na­tional set-up, Le­in­ster re­tained their ti­tle.

McKenna and Walsh are both 17 and are cur­rently study­ing for their leav­ing cer­tifi­cates, which they will sit in June.

Satur­day's tri­umph is just desserts for the Tro­jan work the pair en­dure for rugby. Ev­ery Mon­day they train in Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege Bray and ev­ery Wed­nes­day they ven­ture up to Naas for an­other gru­elling ses­sion and in­be­tween they en­dure a strict gym regime; so it is fair to say that Satur­day's eu­pho­ria was well-earned.

Wicklow’s Liam Walsh is tack­led dur­ing the Con­nacht game.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.