Boyle on the double to see off battling Newbridge
St Michael's 38 Newbridge 10 Leinster Junior Cup S/F
This is a class St Michael's side, probably the best ever to emerge from the Ailesbury Road school, but yesterday at Donnybrook they were rattled by a gallant Newbridge effort as they reached their 11th Junior final.
For three-quarters of this intriguing encounter Newbridge gave as good as they got with the forward unit denying Michael's the type of front-foot possession to which they are accustomed.
Their forwards were excellent, particularly No 8 Jack O'Connell and blindside Conor McGroary.
They had too, in diminutive out-half Sam Cahill, the outstanding individual on the day. For Michael's it was a lesson in frustration and given the enormity of the final challenge still to come that in itself is no bad thing.
They raced into a 10-0 lead after as many minutes courtesy of a Jack Boyle try converted by Chris Cosgrave. The multi-talented centre had opened the scoring with a penalty five minutes earlier.
But from then to half-time, it was all Newbridge. Only a superb Eddie Kelly tackle on Donal Conroy prevented a certain Newbridge score before McGroary got in on the right.
In the second period, with Boyle and Jack Guinane growing in influence, Michael's took control. The powerful Boyle crossed for his second try, again converted by Cosgrave.
Cahill did respond with a superb individual try but, it was Michael's in the ascendancy as Kelly, Niall Carroll and Cosgrave added further tries, with the latter converting two for a final scoreline that did scant justice to the fine Newbridge effort.
St Michael's - E Kelly; S O'Kelly, C Cosgrave, T Gilsenan, Z Harrison; N Carroll, J Woods; L Barron (C Baird 55), C Booth, J Power; S Woods, J Guinane; O Hurley, W Hickey (capt), J Boyle.
Newbridge - D Conroy; D Silke-Fetherston, M Kiely, J Shanahan (capt), J Gaire (T Browne 55); S Cahill, C King; C Hart (J Sargent 37), C Ennis, P Leavy; M Dennis (H Jago-Byrne 55), P O'Flaherty; C McGroary, D Lawlor, J O'Connell.
Ref - A Cole (ARLB).