Masterful Moran gives Bray vital edge
The ability of Presentation College Bray to make the most of the opportunities that came their way made all the difference in this semi-final showdown at Kilternan yesterday.
The Wicklow side simply absorbed Wesley pressure and hit on the counter-attack through their sharp-shooting full-back Diarmuid Masterson and the runaway train that was their blind-side Oisin Moran, whose individual effort from 60 metres out was the highlight of a superb match.
You had to feel a degree of sympathy for Wesley, who dominated in terms of both possession and territory with a fluent offloading style.
However, they could not make the vital breakthrough for over an hour, until their flanker Jurgen Steinbach crashed over beside the posts for centre Rob Bracken to convert in the 62nd minute.
By that stage, however, it was a case of too little too late for the Dublin side as Presentation College Bray held on for victory and a spot in the final.
Pres Bray -- D Masterson; D Henderson (N Patrick 69), J Keating (P Clancy 68), J Curran (G Byrne 62), D Cassidy; L Maloney, J Treanor (O Hennessy 46); A Stapleton (Capt, H Armstrong 55), L Barrett, C Pearse, C Gleeson, J Hayes, O Moran, L O'Flynn-Martin, D McKay.
Wesley College -- K Jameson; J Nicoll (P Barrett 46), R Bracken, A Walsh, H Cresswell; T Hawe, A Copeland; B Canning (C Douglas 49), S Pollock, D Gillespie, E Parfery, D Hunt, J Steinbach, R White, O Brooks (Capt, A Verso 56).
Ref -- D Duke (Leinster Branch).
High School progressed to the final after overcoming St Patrick's of Navan in a tightly contested semi-final.
St Pat's started well and were ahead within nine minutes, Shane Gallagher powering over for his first of the afternoon with Colm O'Reilly converting.
Their early dominance wasn't to last with tries from John Hackett and Eamonn O'Sullivan sending High School in at the break three points ahead, 10-7.
High School's failure to convert both tries left St Pat's with some remnant of hope, but even a late try, again from Gallagher, wasn't enough to save the Navan side, coming as it did after Paul McCarthy went over for a converted try to ensure High School progressed to a showdown against Pres Bray.
High School -- P McCarthy; D Holder, A Campbell, E O'Sullivan, N McTeirnan; P Predergast, D Kilroy; D Kiernan, G Power, J Hackett; S Smith, R Keogh; M McCann, T Harding, R Beverland.
St Patrick's -- C Brennan; C Sheridan, S Gallagher, G McGrane, T Pretorius; C O'Reilly, J Condie; E McGrane, S Faulkner, A Yeats; A Keating, E Noonan; B McGovern, D Ryan, H Hester.
Ref -- C Reynolds (ARLB).