Mac the knife cuts through for hat-trick
Belvedere College 42 CBC Monkstown 14 Leinster Schools Snr Cup
Centre James McKeown was the highlight reel hero with a hat-trick of tries as Belvedere completed the final four in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup at Donnybrook yesterday.
Their reward is a semi-final shot at Clongowes Wood at Donnybrook on Tuesday, March 3, while Newbridge and Roscrea will contest the other semi-final a day later at the same venue. CBC would have taken note of the exploits of Clongowes and Roscrea in overturning St Michael's and Blackrock respectively this week. But they could never really land a significant blow until it was way too late.
Belvo' launched a series of impressive raids that landed tries for wing Sean Long, centre McKeown (2) and fly-half Conor Jennings as they moved ruthlessly 32 points clear by the interval.
There was a clear impression that they would not go the way of other favourites and the quality of their handling belied the greasy conditions on a mild, wet afternoon.
It was merely a matter of McKeown completing his set of three and Hugo Sexton completing the half-dozen by sliding over in injury-time.
In between, brave CBC did manage to find some sort of rhythm to their play, mainly through their maul and the two last-quarter tries by No 8 Joe Halwax and replacement Sean Tinney, both converted by centre Ben Mahon.
Scorers - Belvedere: J McKeown 3 tries; C Jennings try, 2 pens, 3 cons; S Long, H Sexton try each. Monkstown: J Halwax, S Tinney try each; B Mahon 2 cons.
Belvedere - H O'Sullivan; E Cleere, J McKeown (H Sexton 51), D Monaghan, S Long (O McGrath 43); C Jennings, G O'Kelly (O McGrath 2 - temp); M Sweeney (capt), A Hynes (D McCaffrey 65), E Molloy (F Dillon-Kelly 44), C McCaffrey (J Kenny 50), B Egan, J Iredale (C Galvin 57), M Kearney (S McNulty 50), T de Jongh.
Monkstown - D Porter (E McCabe 42); S Sweeney, K Shaw (P Rogers 37), B Mahon, T O'Callaghan; S Doyle (T Kelly 16), R Jordan; M McGrath (S Tinney 65), A Holmes (C Byrden 42), E Clarke, J McAteer, H O'Neill (capt), R Courtney (P Lyons h-t), M Hallam, J Halwax.
Ref - K Beggs (Leinster Branch)