Thursday 8 December 2016

Dolan inspires St Conleth's to end 30-year wait for McMullen Cup

Des Berry

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

St Conleth’s captain Kevin Dolan celebrates with his team-mates after their McMullen Cup victory at Donnybrook this week
St Conleth’s captain Kevin Dolan celebrates with his team-mates after their McMullen Cup victory at Donnybrook this week

Captain Kevin Dolan raised the Leinster Schools McMullen Senior Cup for St Conleth's for the first time since 1986 at Donnybrook this week.

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Leinster Clubs interpro star Dolan led by example from No 8 in a dominant back-row which was completed by the equally effective David Pogatchnik and Brendan Connor to overwhelm CBS Enniscorthy.

Once St Conleth's established their dominance of the ball, there was only going to be one outcome.

Accurate out-half Ben Doggett was content to take the points on offer to build a 9-0 lead before wing Sean Bortolozzo got clean through for the first try in the 31st minute for 14-0 at the break.

It was just what Conleth's needed; just what the Wexford boys didn't.

Enniscorthy may have been lacking the all-round game of Conleth's, but they did have fine individuals in centre Peter Breen, a Leinster colleague of Dolan's, and full-back Tim Bowker.

There were still in with a sniff if they could hit back in the second half. They had to get No 8 John Nolan and flanker Oisin Cullen on the ball more often.

Unfortunately, they weren't able to win enough ball to do that. Hooker Colin Duffy and flanker Connor, in a superb effort, were able to stretch it out to 29-0 by the 48th minute with the help of Doggett's boot.

Their maul was arrowed forward for a penalty try and the rout was completed by replacement Finn Mulcahy's weaving surge for the fifth try in injury-time to complete a 41-0 victory.

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