The Winters Cup returned to Terenure after a 6 year absence .
A tough cup to win and Terenure bringing it home 3 times over the last 16 years with Emo Devlin , Des McCann and Finn Maguire at the helm .
However Conrad Barrys brought it back with a fine win away to Barnhall on Saturday 25th September.
A physically strong Barnhall team put Terenure under considerable pressure and only a great defensive effort saved an early try, which had seemed certain.
Barnhall were restricted to a penalty. 3 – 0.
Terenure then got to grips with the game and started to play with a higher pace that caused Barnhall trouble.
Good recycling and retention created the chance that winger Barry O’Toole finished well.
Peter Byrne seemed to convert but the referee decided the kick was missed 3 – 5.
Terenure began to get on top and more good pressure resulted in another Peter Byrne penalty. 3 – 8.
With outhalf Joey Prendergast controlling the game well, another penalty left the score 3 – 11.
Peter Byrne made it 3 – 14 and Terenure seemed well in control.
Barnhall then began to take the game to Terenure and used their big men to good effect , working a try on the left wing. 10 – 14.
A fine Terenure move finished off once again by Barry O Toole, seemed to seal the game at 10 – 19 deep in the second half .
Barnhall however had other ideas.
With minutes left another good move finished with a score on the left wing.
A superb conversion left the score at 17 – 19.
Terenure made one last effort and finished the game in the Barnhall 22 to run out 17 – 19 winners.
A great win for a remarkably resilient and well disciplined side , one of the best junior sides Terenure have produced in some time.