Hughes secures replay for Marist
Rice College 15 Marist College 15
Title favourites Marist College from Athlone were pushed all the way by Rice College of Westport, who were in the semi-finals for the first time.
In the end, a draw was the fairest result after a quality game which defied dreadful wind and rain in Carrowholly.
Rice College got a perfect start with a pushover try from prop Tom Geraghty after three minutes, but Marist hit back and through tighthead John Gormley seven minutes later. However, Rice led 12-5 at the break after No 8 Sam McCormack finished off a fine move under the posts, with Dwayne Corcoran adding the extras.
Marist, beaten in two of the last three finals and bidding to add to their only cup success in 1977, reduced the margin when Cormac Langdon crossed after 48 minutes.
Corcoran extended Rice College's lead with a good penalty into the wind, but Marist drew level when right-winger Harry Hughes did well to finish in the corner with 14 minutes remaining.
The replay is likely to take place next week in Athlone.
Rice College -- E Geraghty; B McDermott, D Corcoran, S Tobin, B Mullen (A McAleer 35); L Staunton (R Ludden 56), D Carpenter; T Geraghty, N McCarthy (K Coughlan 55), J Dever; E Dunning, K Gill (M O'Grady 45); M Brady, D Moran, S McCormack.
Marist College -- E O'Reilly; H Hughes, B Carty, R Sheridan, C Langdon (C Seery 45); R Henshaw, R Ashe; B Teape, E Kelly (S Flanagan 35), J Gormley; J Flynn, C White; D Lynch, B Cooper, K Cooper.
REF -- K Collins (Connacht).
Sligo Grammar 6
Marist College 3
THIS game ultimately became a kick-off between Sligo's No 8 Matthew Cosgrove and Marist out-half Charlie McMickan.
The home captain emerged as the hero, when he landed two of his four penalties, while the Marist player could only land one from the same number of kicks at The Mall.
It had started so well for McMickan as he split the posts early on with a tricky penalty. The visitors dominated the line-outs and, with Cosgrove missing his first kick on 28 minutes, Marist remained ahead at the break.
Cosgrove had another effort from out on the left early in the second half, but again narrowly missed the target.
However, he made no mistake to level the game two minutes later and then kicked the game-deciding score from a similar position.
SLIGO Grammar -- TJ Ford; C Doyle, D Johnson, P Oloyede, J Tillion; P Kilcoyne, R Feehily; J Bartley, J Greer, D Smith; R Mullan (A McGuinn 25), C Joyce; F Walsh, J Conway, M Cosgrove.
Marist -- R Curley; T Ryan, P Ryan, G Cunnane, M Duffy (D Brody 60); C McMickan, B Kennedy; S Hassett, O Rowe, M Gavin; P Dooner, S Mannion; R Cooper, R Flanagan, C O'Brien.
Ref -- P Jennings (Connacht).