Sunday 23 July 2017

Costello sets Wesley on the way

Wesley College 22 St. Andrews College 7

Jamie Kavanagh of Wesley College celebrates after his side score their second try during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup Round 1 match between Wesley College and St Andrew’s College at Anglesea Road in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Jamie Kavanagh of Wesley College celebrates after his side score their second try during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup Round 1 match between Wesley College and St Andrew’s College at Anglesea Road in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
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Wesley College advanced to the quarter-final of the Leinster Schools Junior cup after they proved too strong for St. Andrews College.

Wesley dominated throughout, although they found the St. Andrews defence a hard nut to crack only making the score board three minutes before the break with Peter Costello touching down after sustained Wesley pressure.

Wesley picked up where they left off after the break with Tadgh O’Neill powering over the line in the 35th minute, out-half Max Collins adding the conversion.

Nathan Murphy got St. Andrews back into the game with 47 minutes on the clock with a classy side step to weave his way through the Wesley defence and calmly slotted over the conversion to make it a five point game.

Wesley however quelled any hopes of a St. Andrews comeback three minutes later, Samuel de Kierk’s clearance was collected by Wesley, who worked the ball to Jamie Metchette who rode Daniel Molloy’s challenge to land a try.

St. Andrews were unable to fashion any further incursions into Wesley College territory and it was really a matter of when, Wesley would further add to their score line.

The navy and red jersey’s crossed the line for their fourth try in the second minute of injury time thanks to persistent pressure with Nathan Columb finding a gap and adding some deserved gloss to the score-line.

An impressive display by Wesley whose defensive discipline built a strong platform for attack and promise an impressive run in this year’s junior cup.

Wesley College: Metchette, Hjelseth, Fitzpatrick, Elliot, Columb, Collins, Atkinson, Wallace (Ogunyemi 36), Kavanagh, Fish, O’Neill, Maguire, Fives, Dunne, Costello

St. Andrews College: Owens (El Aroussi 54), McGannon, Murphy, Ashton, McDonnell, de Klerk, Turner, Viio, Deegan (Walker 54), Hewson, Cooke, Daly, McDermott (Tuke 51), KuhHogan, Molloy

Referee: J Webster

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