IT WAS A tense finish but Letterkenny 1st XV did enough to post victory over Virginia last Saturday in the KUKRI Ulster Rugby Championship Division 3.
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In a fine defensive performance for the team from Dave Gallaher Memorial Park, they had led 11-0 but their opponents from Cavan began knocking louder on the door.
Some of the defence was with chalkmarks of the Letterkenny try-line but strength in the tackle and the ability to turnover vital possession was a major ingredient in the four-point victory.
Peter Scott for Letterkenny and Fergal Hennessy both missed early penalties. But on the half-hour mark John Anthony McFadden touched down for Letterkenny to establish a 5-0 lead.
In the 47th and then the 53rd minutes, Scott added penalties to establish that 11-0 advantage for Ciaran O'Dowd's troops.
Virginia's pressure finally told in the 73rd minute when prop Cillian Cahill went over to score a try and Hennessy converted to make it 11-7 and set up a tense finale.
Christopher Digimas, though, eased the tension with a try two minutes later following an excellent break from Scott. Scott converted for 18-7.
Tim Foley did score a try with the last play of the match, which Hennessy converted.
Updated 16:10 - 10 Jul 2018 by Michael MacGinty