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Sunday 31 August 2014

Darcy double does damage as Newbridge weather storm

Published 29/01/2013 | 05:00

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Left-wing Joe Darcy struck for two tries to seal the fate of King's Hospital in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup first round at the NUI Maynooth campus.

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Simply passing the ball was a liability in the swirling conditions, which also made the line-out a lottery.

Newbridge did manage to mount a devastating attacking move in the 11th minute, though, with runners powering around the side of a maul to make solid ground. Lock Tom Treacy made significant headway to suck in the fringe defence.

Half-backs Robbie Mullen and Mark Sutton then tested the outside, where Darcy squeezed in at the left corner. Full-back Chris Healy made up for an earlier missed penalty with a stunning conversion from the touchline.

Newbridge held their seven-point advantage to the break, and just after the restart Darcy flew outside one defender and inside another on a remarkable solo effort from his own 40-metre line to make it 12-0.

King's Hospital struck back straight away, a clever front-of-the-line-out move culminating in Austrian second-row Tassilo Herberstein claiming a try in the right corner.

But despite the backing of a gale-force wind, King's Hospital could not find another way through their dogged opponents.

Newbridge – C Healy; N Delahunt, J Howlett, J O'Neill (A Shanahan 67), J Darcy (P Kyne 67); M Sutton, R Mullen (J Coghlan-Murray h-t); J Phelan (E Wynne 38), C Doyle (J Briody 61), H O'Donnell, C Nugent, T Treacy (T Brady 53), M O'Connor (R Dromgoole-Maguire 64), O McKnight, B Hayden (capt).

King's Hospital – L Morgan; K McMillan (R Sharkey 65), I Fitzpatrick, M Bursey, R Olusa; E Walsh, A Moore; N Mpiko, G Reynolds, T O'Sullivan (D Ables 65), D Duffy (capt), T Herberstein, E Ryan, C Spillane, C Kenny (W Potterton 56).

Ref – J Carville (Leinster).

Irish Independent

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