Historic Win for Balbriggan Community CollegeApril 22, 2013 ADMIN 0
Last Thursday the senior rugby team from Balbriggan Community College made history when they beat St Kevin’s to win the Fingal County Council North Dublin Cup for the first time ever. This made it a double with their junior schoolmates winning the Junior North Dublin Cup four weeks ago.
Balbriggan playing the first half against a very strong wind kept the ball in hand and from the kick-off put St Kevin’s under constant pressure. In the twenty second minute the pressure finally told when from a twenty two metre penalty prop Essie Bodurri caught the St Kevin’s boys napping by tapping to himself and driving forward to score. Two minutes later and from another twenty two metre penalty, a quick tap was recycled to put Padraig Hickey in for a try in the corner. St Kevin’s even with the wind in their backs found it hard to clear their lines and in the last minute of the half a loose ball was picked up by Tosin Toki who sprinted up the touchline to make it 15-0 at the break.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Balbriggan controlling the game in terms of territory and possession. In the twentieth minute of the half some quick recycling and slick passing inside the Kevin’s’ twenty two gave centre Padraig Hickey his second try. Five minutes later some swift passing saw hooker Jamou Akamtoye on the wing and sprinting from half way to score his first ever try for the school.
Finally in the twenty eight minute, loose head Vitor Alkmin made a break straight up the middle of the field and although stopped five metres short, good support and rucking saw Alkmin finish what he started making it a hatrick for the front row and leaving the final score 32-0 to Balbriggan, thus making history as the first senior team to win a Leinster Branch competition.
Despite an outstanding display from all 21 squad members man of the match would have to go to Stephen O’Byrne whose tackling and tenacity at the breakdown was a major factor in this win for the Balbriggan boys.