THIS one came slowly to the boil with Wesley launching a late surge that came up literally inches short in the last play of the game in this Beauchamps Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup quarter-final at UCD yesterday.
ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE 13
WESLEY COLLEGE 6
LEINSTER SCHOOLS FR GODFREY JUN CUP QUARTER-FINALs
The heavy winds made handling difficult to master and the lineout turned into a lottery as St Andrew's struggled to turn their territory into points.
They were able to break through for a try by their hard-working flanker Stephen Keane as Wesley fly-half Bill Corrigan shot a penalty in a rare counter.
For all of St Andrew's time on the ball, they did not threaten another try before the break, settling for a penalty by centre Peter Sullivan in the 24th minute for 8-3 at the interval.
This did not look nearly secure enough until Sullivan stepped outside the first-up defender on halfway and blazed around the cover for a superb individual try in the left corner in the 34th minute.
This made it a completely different ball game as Wesley had a two-score deficit to overcome. Corrigan's cultured left foot took them to within a converted try from a penalty at the three-quarter mark.
The exchanges grew in intensity and edge as Wesley camped in the opposition half, trying to keep the ball tight and rumble through their forwards, like props Sam Kenny and Campbell Classon.
St Andrew's repelled them all the way to the end when a double movement on their line was penalised to guarantee a semi-final shot at High School.
High School centre Sam Killeen struck two tries as they powered clear of Templeogue College for a 22-7 victory at Lakelands Park.
Centre Conor Nash (pictured) was the stand-out performer with four tries as St Patrick's Navan beat St Conleth's 54-22 at Palmerston.
Out-half Conor Kelly had his kicking boots on to help Cistercian College Roscrea beat King's Hospital 30-13 in Portlaoise. Kelly landed three penalties and the conversions to all three tries.
St Andrew's: H Black; D Burns, P Sullivan, J Meier, D Geraghty; A Larmour, W Hennessy; J Boag, N Judge, D Wilson, B Ryan, A Sullivan, M Bruun-Nielsen, S Keane, Z Henry (capt).
Replacements: P Murray for Boag 53 mins. Wesley: L Ennis; D Younger, R Gallagher, A Culbert, W Hayden; B Corrigan, A Lynam; S Kenny, C Sterritt, C Classon (capt), D Motyer, J McKay, N Morris, A Egan, S Dunne. Replacements: G Gibney for Gallagher 28 mins; J Farrell for Dunne 52 mins.
Referee: N O'Sullivan, Leinster Branch.