Saturday 16 November 2019

Cosgrove the hero for Sligo

Sligo Grammar 19 Colaiste Iognaid 9 - Connacht Schools' Senior Cup semi-final

Matthew Cosgrove kicked Sligo Grammar School to victory over Colaiste Iognaid
Matthew Cosgrove kicked Sligo Grammar School to victory over Colaiste Iognaid

Irish underage international Matthew Cosgrove guided Sligo Grammar past 'The Jes' at The Mall.

Cosgrove, recently capped as a back-row by the Ireland U-18 team in Italy, featured at inside-centre for his school, and also took on the kicking duties – landing five of his six attempts in a 14-point haul.

He was also heavily involved in the only try of the game on 10 minutes, as the home side set up camp in the Jes '22' and eventually created the opening for Daire Byrne to dart over.

Cosgrove converted superbly from wide on the left, adding to an early penalty that cancelled out a second-minute effort from Cian Shaughnessy for the visitors.

Shaughnessy landed three difficult penalties in the opening half, sandwiching another Cosgrove kick to leave the hosts 16-9 up at the break.

Peter Britton thought he had claimed a second try from a breakaway after the restart, but referee Jason Cairns spotted an infringement.

Instead the home side had to withstand a spell of dominance from the visitors, before Cosgrove landed the only score of the second half with five minutes left.

The Grammar will now face either Marist College or Garbally College in the final.

Sligo Grammar – R Feehily, TJ Ford, D Byrne, M Cosgrove, P Oloyede; P Kilcoyne, P Britton; J Bennett, D Leyden, J Conway; J Sexton, A McGuinn; P Smith, J Greer (J Oloyede h-t), N Walker.

Colaiste Iognaid – R Kenny, M Kilroy, C Heskin, P Murphy, Z Wilkinson; P Butler, C Shaughnessy; R Kelly (S McKeogh 60), J O'Connor, C Murphy; D Forde (M Codyre 65), E Feehan; H Power, L McKnight, E Hannon.

Ref – J Cairns (Connacht).

  • Sullivan Upper advanced to a maiden Ulster Schools Cup final with a 27-14 victory over Coleraine Inst. The Holywood side, coached by former Irish captain Willie Anderson, led 15-0 at the break.

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