Thursday 8 December 2016

Castleknock cruise into last four

Vinnie Murray Cup round-up

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

Castleknock College cruised into the semi-finals of the Vinnie Murray Cup where they will be joined by Skerries CC, Wesley College and Wilson’s Hospital. (Stock picture)
Castleknock College cruised into the semi-finals of the Vinnie Murray Cup where they will be joined by Skerries CC, Wesley College and Wilson’s Hospital. (Stock picture)

Castleknock College cruised into the semi-finals of the Vinnie Murray Cup where they will be joined by Skerries CC, Wesley College and Wilson's Hospital.

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James Brannigan and Nico Eastmond struck for a brace of tries each during a 46-12 victory over De La Salle Churchtown at Templeville Road. There were four more from flanker Darragh McNally, scrum-half Liam Salmon, wing Marc Boucher and replacement Josh Connolly.

De La Salle never gave in and were rewarded with tries by out-half Kevin O'Neill and the final say from inside centre Ryan McLoughlin-Heaphy.

Wilson's Hospital also ran up an impressive tally in their 45-10 win over Colaiste Bhride with six tries as Ruadhan McDonnell claimed two tries with Andrew Payton, William Ashmore, Daniel McHugh and Ross Curran also getting in on the act.

The leadership of fly-half Adam Curry enabled Wesley overcome St Fintan's 15-10. St Fintan's started brightly, applied pressure without the points to back it up as Wesley went about building a 15-3 lead through tries by Curry and left wing Alistair Quirke and the kicking of Bill Corrigan and they held on.

Skerries and CUS were tied at 8-8 when Robert McKey chased what looked like a hopeless cause and his tackle shook the ball loose for Ruairi Woods to pounce for what proved to be a crucial try in a 19-13 victory.

Two quick penalties from scrum-half Michael Woods made it an 11-point game and gave Skerries the buffer they needed to hold on, despite a try by lock Luke O'Higgins.

Irish Independent

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