Hopkins' early try sets stage for holders Garbally to march on
Garbally College 16-10 Sligo Grammar School
Published 10/03/2016 | 02:30
Garbally College will get the chance to defend their Senior Cup title in Wednesday's final after they resisted a late fightback from visitors Sligo Grammar.
The Ballinasloe side played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and they wasted no time in making that advantage count as out-half Frank Hopkins glided under the posts on three minutes.
Colm Reilly struck a perfect four out of four from the boot as they accumulated a 16-0 half time lead.
After the break, Sligo offered far more threat.
Gene Donoghue's yellow card left the home side short-handed and that told when Calum McGrath chased down a blocked kick to touch down in the corner midway through the half.
Niall Gray struck a perfect conversion to go with his penalty earlier in the half, but Garbally held out.
Garbally College - B Horkan; E Galvin, C O'Brien, J Devine (C Cogavin 52), B McKenna; F Hopkins, C Reilly; J Alova, E Costello, C Coffey (C Smyth 43); C Harewood, S Grenham; M Abdullah (G Donoghue 43), C Tumulty, M O'Neill
Sligo GS - S Donaghy (B Ndego 43); P Carter, R Molloy, R Henry, C Doyle; N Gray, O Rouxel; K Wojtkowicz, C McGrath, O Staunton (J Perry 60); C Nielsen, P West (D Dixon HT); B Martin, G Kerr, P Oloyede
Ref - D Connolly (Connacht Branch)