Clondalkin’s Niamh Farrelly tries to get away from Edenderry’s Martina O’Rourke. Picture: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Clondalkin’s women found Edenderry too hot to handle at Energia Park on finals day in the Leinster cup competitions.

Clon made a strong start to this Bank of Ireland Paul Flood Plate Final and dominated the first 10 minutes. The Gordon Park team were determined to win the competition after reaching the final for the second year in a row.

However, they failed to convert any of their opportunities into points and left the Edenderry 22 with nothing to show for their efforts. After this, Edenderry took control and ran in a number of tries, two of them in quick succession scored by Kelsey O’Donnell and Serena Dowdall. Ciana Mangan slotted one conversion to give Edenderry a 12-0 lead.

It only took a few more minutes for Edenderry to score their third try, bringing the scoreboard up to 17-0, thanks to the winger Jane Fitzpatrick which was followed by another from Lisa Moore.

With the score at 22-0, Edenderry steamrolled the Clonettes in a 20-minute spell before the last try from the Offaly side. It was 27-0 at half-time as Grainne Vaughn raced over for the last try of the day for Edenderry.

A brave performance by Clondalkin after the second half kicked off saw them score a very well-worked try and change the score to 27-7. There were two sin bins for Edenderry also after some offsides in the first 10 minutes of the half, but the players were more disciplined thereafter.

Clondalkin managed to keep Edenderry scoreless in the second period, but the Offaly club finished the game on a comfortable 27-7 scoreline and were worthy winners of the Paul Flood Plate.
Clon’s Under-14 boys, however, did taste glory as Leinster Schools/Youth Plate Winners 2018.

In what was their 29th game in 35 weeks, including the Christmas break and all the disruption caused by the bad weather, Clon U14s emerged victorious over a very tough North Meath RFC on Sunday to clinch the title.

This season has been a massive test to the depth and commitment of the squad and team of coaches and it gives everyone at CRFC immense pride to confirm that they all passed with flying colours.

In the Anderson Cup semi-final, meanwhile, Clondalkin also came out on the wrong side of the result as they pushed Tullamore all the way but eventually fell 29-15.

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