Saturday 25 November 2017

Brawls mar Clongowes' celebrations

Clongowes' hopes of a Leinster Senior and Junior Cup double remain alive, but the Kildare school's celebrations were marred by the unedifying scenes at the end of this exciting quarter-final.

With the game in injury-time, the match twice erupted into melees, with an ambulance being called to take Pres Bray's No 8 Cormac O'Donoghue to hospital with a head injury.

CLongowes half-backs Ruairi O'Farrell and William Lappin combined to send Daniel O'Sullivan over after 15 minutes and while Diarmuid Masterson got Pres off the mark with a penalty, Jack Murphy's run set Lappin up for a try which he converted himself.

Louis O'Flynn Martin's try after a strong maul meant Pres went in 17-8 behind at half-time, and they closed the gap when Conor Pearse barrelled over. Dylan Donnellan extended the Clongowes lead with a try from a maul, but Masterson's penalty gave the Bray side hope of a draw two minutes from time with the score at 25-18.

However, as Bray pushed for the equalising try, Donnellan picked up a loose ball and ran fully 90 metres to close the game out.

CLONGOWES -- C Burke; A Linnane, J Murphy, D O'Sullivan, C Bracken Price; W Lappin, R O'Farrell (P Maher 70); D Carty, D Donnellan, J Inglis (C Roche McMenamin 37); M White, O Hassett; F O'Connell Hussey (C Gillick 52), A Dudeney, D Doyle.

PRES BRAY -- D Masterson; D Henderson, J Keating, J Curran (G Byrne 70), D Cassidy; L Maloney (O Hennessy 60), J Treanor; A Stapleton, L Barrett, C Pearse; C Gleeson, J Hayes; O Moran, L O'Flynn Martin, C O'Donoghue (H Armstrong 70).

REF -- W Sheridan (ARLB).

Irish Independent

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