Moynihan sees Ireland secure Dalriada Cup
Ireland Club XV 19
Scotland Clubs 19
(42-28 to Ireland on agg)
Aidan Moynihan amassed an impressive 12 points at Donnybrook last night to give the Ireland Club XV their first Dalriada Cup triumph since 2014.
Although a late Peter McCallum try for Scotland Clubs meant the sides ended on level terms, a 23-9 success at Galashiels seven days earlier secured the overall prize for Morgan Lennon’s charges.
The hosts suffered a setback in the opening minute when Craig Gossman released Robbie Nelson for a converted try.
Ireland hit back as Moynihan (one of five Cork Con players in the team) slotted a routine penalty between the posts.
The Irish pack started to exert their influence and earned a scrum penalty, with Moynihan once again converting off his right-boot.
A narrow deficit (6-7) ensured the hosts remained in firm control of their own destiny on the resumption.
A powerful finish by Conor Kindregan edged them in front on the night, Moynihan converting. Moynihan added two penalties but late Scottish tries from Kyle Rowe and skipper McCallum grabbed a draw on the night.
Scorers for Ireland Club XV: C Kindregan try, A Moynihan 4 pens, con.
Scorers for Scotland Clubs: R Hunter, K Rowe, P McCallum try each, G Hunter 2 cons.
IRELAND CLUB XV: E Mills; D McEvoy, N Kenneally, M D’Arcy, M Brown; A Moynihan, J Poland; T O’Reilly, J Sutton, I Prendiville; B Hayes, C Kindregan; M Melia, D Walsh, L Cahill.
Replacements: A Bennie for Poland (51), C Gleeson for O’Reilly, A Coyle for Prendiville, J O’Sullivan for Kindregan (all 66), J Murphy for Walsh, C Smith for Moynihan (both 68), J Keating for McEvoy (72), L Cronin for Sutton (78).
SCOTLAND CLUBS: C Gossman; P Anderson, C Jackson, R Nelson, K Rowe; G Hunter, M McAndrew; S Muir, M Liness, S Longwell; H Burr, B Macpherson; J Hill, I Wilson, P McCallum.
Replacements: J McClean for Hill (54), K Barreto for McAndrew, J Forbes for Gossman (both 66), F Renwick for Liness, R Leishman for Wilson (both 73), L Skinner for Longwell (79).
Referee: L Ramos (FRR).