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Saints seek final flourish after burning Wood


The winners of today's Leinster Schools Junior Cup semi-final between Terenure and Newbridge are bound to have their hands full with qualifiers St Michael's in the final.

The five-time losers from the last five finals put on a power-packed performance, coughing up a ninth minute penalty to Clongowes out-half Jonathan Glynn before overhauling the Clane school in dominant fashion at Donnybrook on Tuesday.

Gradually, their number eight Jack Ryan began to wield an influence from the base of the scrum.

Flanker Barry Fitzpatrick put St Michael's on level terms with a penalty.

Then, prop Rory Mulvihill crashed over after a series of recycles and scrums within five metres of the Clongowes line. Sadly, right-wing Jack Kelly made a rash tackle that resulted in a red card.

This offered a glimmer of hope to Clongowes, but it was not to be.

Centre Oisín O'Meara's strength over the ball drew a penalty which Fitzpatrick smacked over for three points, and openside Gavin Croke sealed the deal by coming hard and fast onto prop Ronan Kelleher's perfect pass to keep alive their ambition to complete the Senior-Junior Cup double.

St Michael's: M O'Shea; J Kelly, O O'Meara, M Deegan, A Brennan; R Cosgrave, D Duggan; R Mulvihill, G Barrett, R Kelleher, E O'Nuallain, J Browne, B Fitzpatrick, G Croke, J Ryan (capt).

Clongowes Wood: C Murray; D Mongey, L Behan, J Lappin, M McDermott; J Glynn, R Osborne; D O'Leary, J Moloney (capt), C Carroll, T Bourke, D O'Mahony, W Grealy, H McDermott, W Connors. Replacements: J Sullivan for M McDermott (61 mins); S O'Carroll for Bourke (69 mins).

Referee: E Kenny, Leinster Branch.