Just seven short seasons after gaining promotion to senior ranks, indomitable Bruff secured a thrilling Bateman All-Ireland Cup final victory with a 24-18 win over Dungannon at a sun-drenched Templeville Road on Saturday.
Scenes of wild celebration greeted the final whistle as hundreds of delirious Bruff supporters raced onto the playing surface to congratulate their heroes.
An epic journey which began with a dramatic victory over aristocrats Shannon in the opening round of the ODM Financial Munster Senior Cup at Kilballyowen Park last September culminated in a richly deserved All-Ireland Cup final victory over Ulster kingpins Dungannon.
It was fitting that two forwards, prop David Horan and number eight and forwards coach Peter Malone bagged the two tries for Bruff on the day the Kilballyowen club tasted its first national success at senior level.
The Bruff pack was simply majestic, especially in the second half, when Dungannon had no answer to their powerful scrum and maul.
And any time the pressure exerted by the Bruff forwards forced Dungannon into the concession of penalties, out-half Tony Cahill proved up to the task.
Man of the Match Cahill kicked 14 points in all as Bruff RFC savoured the most famous day in its 40-year history.
Scorers: Bruff 24 (David Horan, Peter Malone try each, Tony Cahill four pens, one con); Dungannon 18 (Paul Magee , Conor Gaston try each, Michael Lawton two pens, one con)
Bruff: Brendan Deady; Tom O’Callaghan, John Carroll, Eoin Cahill, John Malone; Tony Cahill, Eoin Maher; David Horan, Cathal O’Regan (Capt), Gearoid Ryan; Alfie Laffan, Maurice O’Connell; Alan Bourke, John S Shine, Peter Malone. Replacements: Dermot Murnane for Laffan (63 mins), Ger Collins for Ryan (73 mins). Not used: John Hogan, Mike Carroll, Garry Leonard, Paul O’Brien, John Moore.
Dungannon: Conor Gaston; Michael Lawton, Paul Magee (Capt), Glen Telford, Chris Cochrane; Paddy Jackson, Michael Kirkwood; Phil Whyte, Adam Duhig, Glen Sinnamon; Aaron fry, Michael Rainey; Thomas Anderson, Rowan Halsall, Ali Birch. Replacements: Callum Threlfall for Rainey (48 mins), Mark Farquhar for Whyte (57 mins), Kieran Campbell for Kirkwood (63 mins), Stuart McKenzie for Fry (73 mins). Not used: Darren Simpson, Chris Knipe, Tim Smith.
Referee: John Carvill (IRFU)
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