Murphy displays cool head
Dundalk Grammar out-half Ultan Murphy mastered his nerves to strike an injury-time penalty in a 6-3 win over St Paul's Raheny in the Leinster Schools (Section A) McMullen Senior Cup first round at Ashbourne RFC yesterday.
Sandford Park spread five tries among prop Josh Cowan, scrum-half James Orr, flanker Lee Deighton, fly-half Terance Robson and centre Elliot Finn-Phillips in their 29-12 win over Good Counsel, New Ross, at Oak Park.
Maynooth Post Primary pipped Wilson's Hospital 23-19 on the back of tries from centre Ciaran Kearney, lock Mark Donnellan and right-wing Alex Birchall, who also kicked eight points, at Edenderry.
An outstanding two-try salvo from prop Ian McKeon was not enough to save Marian College from going under 34-20 to the more rounded threat of Mount Temple and their try-scorers Shane Homan, Sam Gibney, Vincent Gavin, John Oscar Gibbons and Conor McGinley at Guinness RFC.
Captain Robin Brickell was the hero for CBS Naas, striking as late as the 65th minute for a 16-13 victory over Gorey Community School, despite the best efforts of excellent No 8 Eddie Earle, at Tullow RFC.
Skerries Community College had Kevin McGrath to thank for their 11-8 defeat of St Columba's College at the ALSAA grounds. The fly-half kicked two penalties and created the decisive try for wing Sean O'Driscoll in the 40th minute.