Kick off Saturday 2pm
We will be updating ongoing details of the 2003 final.
Here is our Twitter updates on the unfolding game.
1.25pm – team news
Old Crescent confirm that Mike Mullins and Eoin Reddan who played in the previous night’s unofficial Irish trial will be starting
Dolphin make three changes from last week’s semi-final. Captain Dave Pomeroy returns alongside Darren O’ Farrell and Barry O’Neill. Unfortunately, high flying Mike Pettman misses out at 15 due to injury.
1.30pm – teams
Dolphin – D. Keeshan, M. Knowles, B. O’Neill, M. Manning, D. Whelan, J. O’Mahony, D. O’Mahony; E. Knowles , D. O’ Farrell, J. O’Sullivan, D. Pomeroy (capt), R. McGrath, S. Madigan, D. Murphy, J. Coughlan
Old Crescent – J. Cusack (capt), A. O’ Loughlin, S. Stephens, M. Brodie, F. Hogan, M. Mullins, E. Reddan, S. Murphy, L. Browne, J. Cullinane, P. Ryan, I. Bloomer, D. O’Malley, D. McDonagh, M. T’Pau
Kick off – Here we go!
Dolphin 0-0 Old Crescent
3mins – Penalty for John O’Mahony, last time he played v Old Crescent was the 16-16 draw earlier in the season he became just the third man to reach 1000 AIL points. This kick breaks another record, the most points in a division 2 season.
Dolphin 3-0 Old Crescent
10 mins – TRY! A fine break from James Coughlan followed by several phases by backs and forwards. Eddie Knowles takes a short pass just to the right of the posts to score the opening try. O’ Mahony converts
Dolphin 10-0 Old Crescent
13 mins – Eoin Reddan makes a break, his pass to Adam O’Laughlin maybe forward, Jay Cusack latches onto a grubber kick to score under the post. Reddan converts.
Dolphin 10-7 Old Crescent
25 mins – TRY. Shane Madigan wins a lineout. Darren O’ Farrell is stopped just short of the line, but Dave Pomeroy stretches his right arm out to score. O’ Mahoney converts
Dolphin 17-7 Old Crescent
HT Dolphin 17-7 Old Crescent
Second half begins
44 mins – Old Crescent penalised, O’ Mahony stretches the lead to 13 points
Dolphin 20-7 Old Crescent
55 mins – Substitute PJ McLoughlin edges his way over the line for a try for Old Crescent converted by Reddan
Dolphin 20-14 Old Crescent
62 mins – GAME ON! – try of the game goes to Old Crescent. Magnificent miss pass to Mike Mullins who released Shane Stephens, the former New Zealand 7s player scores his 13th try of the season. An unconverted try in the left-hand corner gives us a one-point game
Dolphin 20-19 Old Crescent
73mins – kickable penalty for John O’Mahony puts us further in front
Dolphin 23-19 Old Crescent
75mins – As we enter a tense final 5 minutes, we’d like to announce todays man of the match is our own Shane Madigan
79mins – Old Crescent penalised again. O’Mahony gets the chance to extend the lead and run down the clock.
Dolphin 26-19 Old Crescent
81mins – O’Mahony makes it a 2-score game, surely sealing the win now.
Dolphin 23-19 Old Crescent
Full time Dolphin 23-19 Old Crescent. We’ve won it!! A historic win for the club.
Selected Comments on Twitter
” Great memories. It was closer than I remembered. Superb by Muscles with the boot. Looking forward to the reunion.”
” Well deserved Madagasm”
“Richie Kelleher wasn’t too far behind him on the day. He ws immense that day also.”
“Meanwhile the injured fraternity are demented in the stand after the free bar in AIB headquarters that morning!!!! We togged out in a pub and became a rugby club and played rugby from here to New York…….”