Sunday 22 October 2017

Galvin brace inspires Gonzaga

Gonzaga 14 Castleknock 10

Robert O'Meara of Castleknock College in action against Brian O'Donnell of Gonzaga College during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Round 1 match. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Robert O'Meara of Castleknock College in action against Brian O'Donnell of Gonzaga College during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Round 1 match. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A brace of first-half tries from Sean Galvin proved decisive for Gonzaga at Donnybrook.

A try on the hour mark by Castleknock's Darragh McNally set up a tense finale, but the Ranelagh school held firm to set up a last-eight clash with Cistercian College Roscrea.

Sean Galvin of Gonzaga College in action against Jamie McGaley of Castleknock College. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Sean Galvin of Gonzaga College in action against Jamie McGaley of Castleknock College. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Eight-time winners Castleknock had opened the scoring with a ninth-minute Cian Egenton penalty, but winger Galvin soon crossed after an excellent James Kenny off-load.

Gonzaga stretched their advantage when Galvin was on hand to finish off a fine move, and Michael O'Kennedy's second conversion made it 14-3 at the break.

With Ian O'Grady in the sin-bin, Castleknock made their numerical advantage count as flanker McNally touched down under the posts. Donncha Ryan's conversion cut the gap to four points, but Gonzaga held out.

Gonzaga College - D Lynch; S Galvin, H Twomey, B O'Donnell, E Allen; M O'Kennedy, J Kenny; M Gleeson, C Gleeson, S Clear; E Buggy, C Fassbender; I O'Grady, M Keegan, R Kidney.

Castleknock College - C Lacey, R O'Meara, J Branagan, J McGaley, L McMenamin; C Egenton (D Ryan 46), C Neville (J Connolly 46); E Reilly, M Corcoran, J Keleghan; C O'Brien, J Horgan; J Gillen (A Corcoran 41), D McNally, C Clancy.

Ref - B Montayne (LRR).

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