Sunday 23 July 2017

Mulvaney key for Belvo in 'Bridge clash

Sunday, February 28, Newbridge College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook 3.0

'When the 'Bridge needed someone to step up against Gorey, Doyle understood what needed to be done' Photo: Sportsfile
'When the 'Bridge needed someone to step up against Gorey, Doyle understood what needed to be done' Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There were signs of fragility in Belvedere's 21-6 first-round victory over Castleknock.

They lost the battle for territory and discipline, in the form of a yellow card, in the first quarter and would have been behind were it not for 'Knock's wasting of chances.

They had to go six points down before they woke up and it was centre Cailean Mulvaney, also their goal-kicker, who pushed them on with 16 points.

While this is not a one-boy team, the supporting cast will have to improve considerably.

Captain John Meagher is a fine footballer at out-half and loose forwards Cian Maher and Aaron Coleman can be a match for anyone.

Newbridge were made to work every minute for their 25-15 first-round win over a big, powerful Gorey Community School.

It should have brought them on a tonne for the hit-out and they are now in the position Gorey occupied, in that they have nothing to lose.

Their captain Jack Doyle is a French type of scrum-half in that he appears to be the team's main playmaker.

When the 'Bridge needed someone to step up against Gorey, Doyle understood what needed to be done.

There will be a big onus on the shoulders of the back-row to improve their breakdown work and for all of the pack to pile into Belvo' from the off.

Irish Independent

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