Dublin club Half Moon are the men's Irish Senior Waterpolo champions for the second year in a row after beating Belfast’s Cathal Brugha on penalties after the sides drew 11-11 in the National Championship final in Bangor, Co Down tonight.

Half Moon retained the title with a thrilling 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory, played under the new international rules introduced this year.

Defeat proved a double disappointment for the Belfast club after earlier also losing the ladies final, when St Vincent’s edged a close encounter 6-5.

Cathal Brugha missed an opportunity to equalise in the dying seconds leaving the Dubliners to secure their third consecutive ladies National Championship title.

Games consist of four eight-minute quarters actual time which means they can last up to an hour and a quarter, as the clock stops every time the whistle blows.