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27 January 2015; Conn Harte Bourke, St Mary's College, is tackled by, from left, Oisin O'Meara, Gavin Croke and Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Conn Harte Bourke, St Mary's College, is tackled by, from left, Oisin O'Meara, Gavin Croke and Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Leinster's Cian Kelleher during the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Leinster's Cian Kelleher during the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; St Michael's head coach Brian O'Meara. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; St Michael's head coach Brian O'Meara. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Michael McCormack, St Mary's College, is tackled byJames Ryan, left, and Oisin Dowling, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Michael McCormack, St Mary's College, is tackled byJames Ryan, left, and Oisin Dowling, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Max Deegan, St Michael's College, in action in the line-out against Faolan Crowe, St Mary's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Max Deegan, St Michael's College, in action in the line-out against Faolan Crowe, St Mary's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Mark Fogarty, St Mary's College, is tackled by Jack Kelly, left, and James Hickey, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Mark Fogarty, St Mary's College, is tackled by Jack Kelly, left, and James Hickey, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Ronan Foley, St Mary's College, is tackled by Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Ronan Foley, St Mary's College, is tackled by Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Niall Curran, St Mary's College, is tackled byJames Ryan, left, David Duggan, centre, and Gavin Croke, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Niall Curran, St Mary's College, is tackled byJames Ryan, left, David Duggan, centre, and Gavin Croke, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Gavin Croke, St Michael's College, is tackled by Niall Curran, left, and Michael McCormack, St Mary's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Gavin Croke, St Michael's College, is tackled by Niall Curran, left, and Michael McCormack, St Mary's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Gavin Croke, St Michael's College, is tackled by Niall Curran, St Mary's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Gavin Croke, St Michael's College, is tackled by Niall Curran, St Mary's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Gavin Barrett, St Michael's College, goes over for a try. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Gavin Barrett, St Michael's College, goes over for a try. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Niall Curran, St Mary's College, during the final minute of the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Niall Curran, St Mary's College, during the final minute of the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; James Ryan, St Michael's College, applauds the supporters after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; James Ryan, St Michael's College, applauds the supporters after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; St Mary's College players, from left, Conn Harte Bourke, Ruadhan Fanning, Ronan Foley, Niall Curran, Michael McCormack and Mikey Hoey after conceeding the final score of the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; St Mary's College players, from left, Conn Harte Bourke, Ruadhan Fanning, Ronan Foley, Niall Curran, Michael McCormack and Mikey Hoey after conceeding the final score of the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; A St Mary's College supporter during the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; A St Mary's College supporter during the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; David Matthews, St Mary's College, is tackled by James Ryan, Tom Molony, bottom, and Gavin Croke, left, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; David Matthews, St Mary's College, is tackled by James Ryan, Tom Molony, bottom, and Gavin Croke, left, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; David Matthews, St Mary's College, is tackled by James Ryan, left, and Tom Molony, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; David Matthews, St Mary's College, is tackled by James Ryan, left, and Tom Molony, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Conn Harte Bourke, St Mary's College, is tackled by, from left, Oisin O'Meara, Gavin Croke and Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; Conn Harte Bourke, St Mary's College, is tackled by, from left, Oisin O'Meara, Gavin Croke and Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; David Matthews, St Mary's College, is tackled by Barry Fitzpatrick, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

27 January 2015; David Matthews, St Mary's College, is tackled by Barry Fitzpatrick, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

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27 January 2015; Conn Harte Bourke, St Mary's College, is tackled by, from left, Oisin O'Meara, Gavin Croke and Max Deegan, St Michael's College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup, 1st Round, St Michael's College v St Mary's College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

St Mary's almost pulled off the shock of the Leinster Senior Cup when they brought their 'A' game to outright favourites St Michael's on Tuesday.

It was a day on which St Michael's had to be off-colour and St Mary's on-point to come even close to the unthinkable.

In the end, Brian O'Meara's boys mustered enough character to rebound from tries by impressive centre David Matthews and sharp scrum-half Derry O'Connor.

Their redemption came through their forward pack, coupled with the introduction of fly-half Harry Byrne - younger brother of Ireland U20 Ross - and scrum-half David Duggan's late try to seal a 19-14 win League winners Newbridge blasted their way past Kilkenny 57-12 with nine tries, Jimmy O'Brien, Mark Delaney and Colm Stapleton all registering two each at Carlow RFC.

Leinster League finalists Cistercian Roscrea got busy beating Wesley 26-0 at Naas RFC on the same afternoon.

The star of the show was undoubtedly their captain Tim Foley, who put a poor Interprovincial series behind him to post 21 points, which included a superb individual try.

CBC Monkstown were driven to the quarter-final by the timely intervention of replacement centre Seán Doyle, who promptly scored one try and created another for fly-half Ben Mahon in their 18-11 defeat of CUS on Monday.


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