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Andrew's book final date with Roscrea

ST ANDREW'S College were good value for their 15-7 win over The High School in the Fr Godfrey Junior Cup semi-final at Ballycorus on Tuesday.

They started strongly, with their well-drilled forwards putting them into the right areas. This is where they encountered a serious examination from the HS defence.

However, Peter Sullivan struck a penalty for the lead and it wasn't too long before the big centre was breaking through for a try to make it 8-0 at the end of the first quarter.

This was the point at which it could have gotten away from High School, but their resilience shone through, snatching seven points from centre David James Donnelly's try and conversion just before the break.

St Andrew's applied heavy pressure without too much reward, including a controversial decision over a try that could have gone either way.

 

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Their forwards continued to drive hard, Sullivan looking for the gain line when he could get on the ball as HS resisted and threatened with the odd breakout.

It was right in the balance until the 57th minute when second-row Ben Ryan (pictured) barged his way to the posts for Sullivan's conversion to take them into the final.

Elsewhere, Ben Hyland was the hat-trick hero as Cistercian Roscrea bowled over St Patrick's Classical School 31-3 in the second semi-final at Westmanstown.

The strong-running centre was too hot to handle for the Navan boys, Roscrea building a 26-3 lead by the break with a fourth try from prop Eamon McMahon and three Conor Kelly conversions against a Mark Farrell penalty.

St Pat's had to do without their best player in centre Conor Nash, who scored four tries in the quarter-final, and number eight Cian Cullen (flu).

This was a double blow they never really recovered from, although centre Keelan McKeever, stand-in number eight David Fox – moved across from the blindside – and openside Eoghan Monaghan made a big impact, mostly off the back foot.

They stuck to their task in the second half, only conceding a try to Roscrea's Evan Browne.


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