O'Reilly rescues Gerard's

NEWBRIDGE had already beaten St Gerard's 13-7 when the sides met in the league, and it looked like they had secured their spot in the semis until a brilliant burst from Billy O'Reilly at Templeville Road earned his side another shot at last year's finalists.

Newbridge College 8St Gerard's School 8

Newbridge took an early lead with a Gavin Byrne penalty. Gerard's replied through a Ben Kealy penalty.

The game burst into life at the beginning of the second half, when a well worked line-out by Newbridge saw the ball tossed out wide to the impressive Byrne who went over in the corner. The resulting conversion was missed. With only minutes left, powerhouse O'Reilly brushed aside three Newbridge players to touch down in the corner. Ben Kealy missed the conversion to confirm a replay.

Newbridge College: R Cleary, N Wyer, J Deane, D Murphy, G Burke, T Berney, T Murphy, J Duggan, D Murphy, T O'Neill (capt), M Joyce, G Flanagan, T Flynn, C Stapleton, D Walker. Replacements: K Kyne for Wyer 56mins.

St Gerard's School: B Kealy, M Dalton, D Hodgins, C O'Farrell, B Ho, M O'Brien, T Foley, R Buckley, D Power, S Gallagher, L Keaney, B Behan, A Courtney, H Happonen (capt), B O'Reilly. Replacements: S Kenny for Happonen 18mins, L Lalor for Dalton 57mins, Max Geoghegan, Mark Kissane. RR

REFEREE: Arthur Lynch (LRR)