Friday 28 April 2017

Driver powers CUS to glory

CUS 24
Newbridge College 17
Vinnie Murray Cup Final

The CUS squad celebrate in front of their supporters after their victory over Newbridge College in the Vinnie Murray Cup final at Donnybrook yesterday. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
The CUS squad celebrate in front of their supporters after their victory over Newbridge College in the Vinnie Murray Cup final at Donnybrook yesterday. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

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).

Irish Independent

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