McGee Cup Final 28/04/24

Ardee  22             Balbriggan 20

Commiserations to the IIXV on a narrow defeat to Ardee in the McGee Cup Final on Sunday.   In a match that could have gone either way it was Ardee who snatched it in the end.   Ardee were the first team on the score board with a penalty early on, only for Andrew Brown to equalise quickly.  Balbriggan had a try marked off when the grounding was not controlled but they went ahead when a well worked back move put Jimmy McFadden in the corner with Brown adding the extras.  For most of the first half Balbriggan held on but there were too many mistakes which reflected a team not playing together too often.  Ardee the put on the pressure and this paid off with a try in the opposite corner which they converted to leave honours even at half time.

Ardee got a try early on in the second half but Balbriggan steadied the ship with veterans Paul Quinn and Johnny Davis doing some great defensive work.  Keelan King entered the fray at No 6 and there were some good glimpses from him.  Jack Rutherford and Evan Darcy had good games in the pack, carrying hard.   Balbriggan’s persistence paid off with a penalty.  The move of the game came when Ardee were threatening the Balbriggan line but gave away a penalty.  Quick thinking from Brown saw him run the length of the pitch and just get held up short.  A penalty ensued, Balbriggan decided to kick,  Scannell’s kick came back off the cross bar and as everyone looked on a quick thinking Dennis picked up and scored, Scannell added the points to put Balbriggan back in front 20 – 17 with 7 minutes left.

Ardee weren’t going to be denied and piled on the pressure.  After two disallowed scores they eventually got across the line to ease out narrow winners.

Overall, a very enjoyable game and well done to Ardee.  Hard luck to Balbriggan but it was great to see so many stars of the future putting their hands up.  A little more practice together and the Club can look forward to have a IIXV that will push their IXV comrades all the way.   Thanks to the handful of dedicated supporters who made their way to Ardee to support the lads.

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