Dan Treanor completed Pres Bray's 22-10 victory over St Fintan's High School in the Leinster Schools Vinnie Murray Senior Cup quarter-final with his second try in the 68th minute at Donnybrook yesterday.
Pres' made a good habit out of defending against a consistent all-out attack, waiting for their time to strike.
It couldn't have worked out better as they built a 17-0 lead by the break with an intercept try by left wing Treanor, converted by fly-half Conor Byrne in the 14th minute.
Scrum-half Darren Curran spun out of a tackle for the second and centre Cathal Martin kicked five points to leave Fintan's looking at a lost cause.
The Sutton school refused to bow down. Their out-half Andrew Feeney began to find his feet for a try in the 41st minute and to kick five points for an impressive 10-point rebound.
It was game on as Treanor waited for the moment to land the decisive blow to set up a semi-final date with King's Hospital next week.
There could hardly have been a greater contrast in how the other semi-finalists Castleknock and St Gerard's kept on a collision course for next their semi-final.
Castleknock' just about managed to subdue Skerries Community College 9-6 on Tuesday in one of those contests that could have been tipped in either direction with their loose-head prop Geoff Brookes kicking penalties in the eighth, 47th and 59th minutes against two from Ciaran Frawley.
St Gerard's simply oozed confidence and class as they outstripped Templeogue 43-7 on the same afternoon.It looked hairy right from the start for the losers as they leaked 14 points in the first five minutes to tries for scrum-half Tom Foley and centre Andrew Lynch, converted by wing Ben Kealy.
The Bray outfit accessed real speed on the outside and never refused to move it from well inside their own half to punch in three more from full-back Mark Gallagher, centre Adam Simmonds and flanker Robert Toal-Lennon to lead 31-0 at the break.
The losers did hit back with a crash-course in going through the middle by captain David Rohan to reawaken St Gerard's to find late tries by left wing Zac Collis-Lee and replacement Matt Dalton.