Saturday 29 April 2017

Garbally and The Jes to face off in mouthwatering decider

Action from Garbally’s win over Sligo Grammar in the Schools Cup semi-final
Action from Garbally’s win over Sligo Grammar in the Schools Cup semi-final

Independent.ie Newdesk

The Jes and Garbally came out on top in close-fought semi-finals on Wednesday to book their place in the Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup final.

First up was Coláiste Iognaid, who beat Athlone's Marist College 6-0 in a match that was moved to the Sportsground due to an unplayable pitch.

The large crowd were treated to an entertaining tussle amid glorious sunshine.

The Jes came close to crossing the whitewash a number of times in the first half but the resolute Marist defence held them at bay, and it was scoreless at the interval.

Two second-half penalties sealed The Jes' place in the final.

The other semi-final kicked off at 2.0 in Ballinasloe and when Garbally crossed for the game's first try after just three minutes it looked ominous for Sligo Grammar.

Things didn't get any easier when Garbally tacked three penalties onto the scoreboard to leave the half-time score 16-0.

Grammar came out blazing in the second half and after adding a penalty to a converted try had closed the gap to just six points.

Grammar dominated the later stages of the second half but were unable to break down the stout Garbally defence who held on to the six point lead and earned the second final spot.

The final between Coláiste Iognaid and Garbally College will take place in the Sportsground on Wednesday at 2.0.

Irish Independent

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