JORDAN COGAN grabbed a hat trick of tries as injury-hit St Joseph’s Sharks Under 17s completed the double over Eastmoor Dragons with a 30-10 home triumph.
The Fartown side struggled to field 13 players and the number was further depleted when hard-running forward Mohammed Awad was taken off midway through the first half with a knock to the head.
By the time Awad left the field, St Joe’s had already put themselves in a commanding position and in reality had done enough to take the two points, with Cogan’s hat trick and further scores from Jakob Garside and Gary Johnson.
Eastmoor had started well and, with the home side gifting them some good field position through a couple of silly mistakes and giving away a couple of penalties, it looked like they would be first on the scoreboard.
But the Sharks had different ideas and some fantastic goalline defence kept the visitors at bay.
Ryan Swift played a big part in taking the team back up field where the damage was done, with some barnstorming runs scattering the Eastmoor defenders.
In the second half the Sharks took a more defensive stand.
But the Dragons did take advantage of having substitutes to bring on and scored a couple of tries, and their position was further helped when the Shark's Jordan Ghani was sin-binned for retaliation after being kicked, leaving just 11 on the pitch for the Fartown boys.
However, the final word went to St Joe’s as Liam Slater cross to score and Garside converted to ensure it was job done.
And with no games until after Christmas, it guaranteed the Sharks finished the year at the top of the table.
But some of the team will be taking to the pitch over the Christmas holidays as the annual Paddy Folan Memorial Match takes place at Fartown on Thursday, December 27 with an 11.30am kick-off (weather permitting).
A team consisting of the Under 17s, past players and visitors will take on the current open-age squad. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available at the ground.