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Donnelly shines as Belvo advance

An impressive five-try performance from Belvedere College blitzed Clongowes at Donnybrook yesterday.

Two tries from winger Mark Donnelly set Belvo on their way to a resounding victory. The Kildare school opened the scoring through a long-range Tom Monaghan penalty.

Cian Walsh then got in for the first of five tries but Dylan Corrigan-Forbes was unlucky with the conversion as it struck both posts before going wide.

Hugh O'Sullivan then created a try for David Hawkshaw on the stroke of half time. Corrigan-Forbes added the conversion to put his side into a 12-3 interval lead.

Belvedere added their third try shortly after the restart when Donnelly streaked clear for the first of his two tries.

An outstanding individual break from O'Sullivan, who ran from his own '22' before touching down under the posts, pushed Belvo further ahead with Corrigan-Forbes again converting.

Donnelly rounded off the scoring with 10 minutes remaining with another breakaway try. Corrigan-Forbes was wide with his conversion.

Clongowes Wood College – C Kennelly; D Murtagh, R Lemess, S McCrohan (c), D Fitzpatrick (R Fenelon 43); T Monaghan, J Murphy (B Messayeh 43); S Butler (A Odlam 49), D Sheehan, H Murray (C O'Neill 31); P Celebi, L El-Sibai; S Phelan (L Barrett-Gomez 31), S McMahon, M Martin (D Jeffares 56).

Belvedere College– R Clarke; M Donnelly, C Walsh (P Maher 41), P Smith (C Doran 57), D Corrigan-Forbes; D Hawkshaw, H O'Sullivan (P Maher 51); S Osborne (A Grennel 49), G Murray, J Robinson; D Ring (J Doorly 49), D McKenna; R Byron (D Hill 55), C Byrne, M Kearney (c).

REF – Helen O'Reilly (Leinster).

Irish Independent