Friday 22 September 2017

Clongowes flex muscles

CLONGOWES WOOD 34 CASTLEKNOCK 8 Ruaidhri O'Connor Leinster Schools Senior Cup

CLONGOWES' three-in-a-row bid remains firmly on course after they saw off Castleknock at Donnybrook yesterday.

They might have scored a try from the 1973 Barbarians playbook, but this victory was grounded in graft. Their rucking work was magnificent, forcing turnover after turnover, while their scrums never let their opponents get a foothold.

Castleknock started brightly and they almost scored a sensational try of their own, only for Darragh Henry to be held up short after a length-of-the-field move involving Thomas Farrell, Michael Mellett and Paul Nalty.

Robert Troy converted a penalty to put the Dubliners in front, but it was all Clongowes from there on and superb hooker Brian Byrne crashed over to give them the lead.

Their next try was incredible. From turnover ball on their own line, Sebastien Fromm broke up the middle, drawing a man before off-loading the ball to Max McFarland, who finished in style.

Sadly, Fromm suffered a head injury while making his pass and he required an ambulance.

Leading 17-3 ahead at the break, Clongowes were in full control. Stephen Kealan took Byrne's pass to score before McFarland scorched over for a second of the day and Niall Rhatigan added a fifth with five minutes remaining.

Eoghain Quinn pulled a try back for Castleknock who gave everything, but had simply come up against a better team.

CLONGOWES -- M McFarland; C Mahony, C O'Hanrahan, S Fromm (G McVerry 31), N Rhatigan (C O'Donohoe 70); M Nicholson (J Sullivan 60), C McQuaid; E Byrne (D Garty 68), B Byrne (D Donnellan 65), D O'Byrne; J Paul, R Daly; J Wallace, S Kealan (K Cowhey 70), P Timmons (S Mullholland 41).

CASTLEKNOCK -- E Quinn; M Mellett, T Farrell, D Sweeney, S McEntaggart (J McCormack h-t); R Troy (E Hanlon 58), D Henry (J Burke 65); M Bennett, D Perry (S Condon 60), O McKevitt (Z Butt 70), E Murphy, A Mu'Azzam; S Carroll (K Scanlon 60), J O'Neill, P Nalty. REF -- P Haycock (Leinster).

Irish Independent

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