Salmo’s perfect dozen to win trophy

by Gazette Reporter

DE LA SALLE Palmerston’s young guns lifted the David Coughlan Memorial Cup on Sunday after a hard-fought 18-10 win over an excellent Coolmine side.

It saw them complete the perfect dozen and wrap up the JP Fanagan Premier 3 league title at Kirwan Park with 12 wins from 12.

First half tries from Jim Feehan, captain Shane Cleary and Cameron Stewart gave the home side a 15-0 lead at the interval, although the scoreline didn’t tell the whole story of what was a very competitive and hard-fought first half.

Coolmine had the better of the second period and two unconverted tries saw them close the gap to 15-10 and set the home support’s nerves even further on edge.

Salmo defended for their lives and relief eventually came in the shape of a late Jake Finlay penalty goal which would prove to be the final score of the game and see the home side to victory.

This hugely-entertaining game was a credit to both clubs and made for a fitting end to a very competitive and absorbing campaign which now makes way for knockout rugby as the Harry Gale Cup gets under way imminently.

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