Wednesday 21 February 2018

Balburnie holds his nerve at death to give Andrew's chance to fight again

Castleknock College 15 St Andrew's College 15

Jack Balburnie was St Andrew's saviour
Jack Balburnie was St Andrew's saviour

NERVELESS Jack Balburnie was St Andrew's saviour as he landed an equalising penalty with the last kick of the game.

Castleknock thought they had secured victory when Niall O'Riordan scrambled over in the penultimate minute, but even after Geoff Brookes nailed the conversion, St Andrew's had just enough time to win a penalty inside the Castle-knock 10-metre line and Balburnie struck the ball sweetly to secure another day out for his side.

Balburnie scored three penalties to give his side a 9-0 lead at half-time. Castle-knock's Geoff Brookes failed to convert two penalties and had to wait until the third minute of the second half to register. Balburnie then converted his fourth penalty to make it a two-score game with 15 minutes left.

Trailing 12-3, Castleknock laid siege to the Andrew's line and were rewarded when Eoghan Murphy crashed over. A missed conversion meant they had to hunt for another try.

O'Riordan then touched down to put them ahead for the first time. But Andrew's kept their composure at the restart and Balburnie coolly slotted the crucial kick.

CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE – G Brookes, T Hanlon, S O Heir (Z Butt 49), E Murphy, J O'Sullivan, D Scanlon (R McHugh 56), D Moore, N O'Riordan, C Lynch, D McConville, S MacEntaggart, K Dixon, C O'Shea, S Vodden (L Mellett 56), C Doddy.

ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE – A Porter, A Brady, D Higgins, J Cassidy (A Guy 59), J Guy, R Bradley (F Irwin 51), B Ingram, G Jones, D Joyce, J Balburnie, J Larmour, M Kirk, G Fearon, G Beere, A Fogarty (A Murphy 69).

REF – D Williams

Irish Independent

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