Tuesday 24 October 2017

Byrne shines as Saints go marching on

ST MICHAEL'S 21
CASTLEKNOCK 0
LEINSTER SCHOOLS JUNIOR CUP QUARTER-FINALS

St Michael's completed the Leinster Senior/Junior Cup double over Castleknock in emphatic fashion at Anglesea Road yesterday.

And Castleknock's Juniors made a far better fist of defending against wave after wave of St Michael's attack than their Senior counterparts, defiantly holding their ground through the stonewall midfield defensive partnership between captain Jack O'Neill and Aaron McNally.

Nonetheless, St Michael's hooker Richie Allen led the charge of a lighter brigade than the massive Castleknock eight with back-rowers Michael Craig and Conor Duffy carrying constantly.

The losers' resistance took some cracking. Out-half Ross Byrne kicked penalties in the 24th and 35th minutes for a 6-0 lead that did not reflect the superiority of St Michael's.

The gaps started to appear with greater regularity in the second period. Lock Stephen Harold flashed over for the first try, Byrne making the simple conversion. Then, Byrne followed this with another penalty on the hour before full-back Cian Kelleher went over for the Saints' second try of the afternoon in injury-time.

St Michael's -- C Kelleher (G Morgan, 70); D Greene, A Comerford, M O'Keeffe, A Leavy; R Byrne (capt), N McCarthy; D Gibbons (N Quane, 53), R Allen (S Magnier, 69), D Coulson, S Harold, R Maloney, M Craig, J O'Connell, C Duffy (G Keane, 68).

Castleknock -- J McCormack; S McEntagart, J O'Neill (capt), A McNally (P O'Connell, 58), J Daly; D Henry, C Lacey; E Cawley (J Butt, 65), L Lawless (A Farrell, 58), H Onuke, A Weir (D O'Connor, h/t), J O'Sullivan (B Griffin, 52), D Quinn, H Kavanagh, M Bennett.

Ref -- J Montayne (Leinster Branch).

Irish Independent

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