Driver powers CUS to glory
Newbridge College 17
Vinnie Murray Cup Final
Wing Colm Driver was the inspiration behind Catholic University School's deserved victory at Donnybrook yesterday.
Driver was a menace, popping up wherever he saw fit to influence the game. He opened the scoring with a 17th-minute penalty and then converted a try by out-half Marc Hiney, who ran a superb support line onto Ruadhan Magee's perfect pass off the floor.
Newbridge wing Phil O'Neill outflanked the defence to touch down in first-half injury-time, with Peter Osbourne converting from the touchline to make it 10-7 at the break.
Hiney went over again in the 47th minute, with Driver converting.
A penalty from Osbourne reduced the deficit to seven points, but John McAllister sealed the win in the 64th minute, with John Jennings' late try proving too little too late.
CUS -- J McAllister; R Magee (J Fallon-Doran 57), D Beaky, T Kinsley, C Driver; M Hiney, T Guiry; J Bodkin, B Keelan (N Millar 27), T Doyle; N Foster (K Millar 23), D Gahan; M Beaky (K Cooke 42), K Beaky, R Sheady (capt).
Newbridge College -- J Jennings; P O'Neill, B O'Connor, G Burns (B Delaney 64), D McConville; P Osbourne, R Mullen; D Rigney, C Kings, B O' Donnell; E Dempsey (J Hogan 64), B Scully (C Fagan 6); C Dempsey, J Connolly, W O'Brien (capt).
Ref -- R O'Flynn (Leinster Branch).