St Gerard's advance as Cafferkey takes down battling Templeogue
Fr Godfrey Cup round-up
A try from flanker Aaron Cafferkey, the first of his two, early in the second half was the killer blow for St Gerard's in their 21-10 victory over Templeogue College in the first round at Kilternan yesterday.
Trailing 8-0 at half-time to a try by lock Jack Ryan and a penalty by out-half Tommy Whittle, Templeogue badly needed the next score. They didn't get it.
Instead, Cafferkey made good use of his nose for the whitewash to put the game beyond doubt.
The losers' forwards were a united crew, though, and they were rewarded for their endeavour with tries by second-row Hassan Albujasin and No 8 Eric O'Sullivan.
Wesley seized command of their tie with Skerries Community College by taking a 10-0 lead to the break. Out-half Tim Hawe struck a 16th-minute penalty and converted a try by his half-back partner James O'Donovan 10 minutes later.
Further tries from centres Sam Tully and Luke Madeley and lock Jedd Pratt sealed the deal 31-5 at Distillery Road.
Skerries struck for their only try from wing Peter Lacey in the 52nd minute.
King's Hospital took their opportunities when they came -- through Ntinga Mpiko and James Hogan -- and shut up shop after that to close out High School 13-3 at Coolmine RFC.
Prop Mpiko gave them a foothold on the burst for the first try. High School wing Jack Walsh kept it tight with a penalty until No 8 Hogan went over to give KH an all-important two-score lead in the 61st minute.
East Glendalough have been the success story of the season so far as they have made their way through from the Development Cup to the Section A Duff Junior Cup -- they were edged out 13-3 by Skerries there -- and into the Fr Godfrey.
However, they found Cistercian just too much as they fell 13-6 at Carlow RFC.
The issue was in the balance before hooker Jeremy Sweetman snatched a 65th-minute try to take Roscrea safely away from EG's two penalties by out-half Shane Farrar.