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Fitzpatrick's clincher

THE HIGH School came within four minutes of causing the first real shock of the competition when they were thwarted by a 66th minute converted try by King's Hospital's Ian Fitzpatrick in a 15-10 thriller at Lakeland's Park yesterday.

The High School held a 5-3 lead at the interval through a try by their captain Stephen Alexander.

This was quickly wiped out by a touchdown from lock Conor Kenny and then quickly restored by wing Conor Sexton's try. However, Fitzpatrick had the last say when he to surged over for a try at the posts which was converted by Josh Dowds.

St Andrew's lock Greg Jones stamped his authority all over their 21-3 defeat of Newpark Comprehensive at Railway Union.

Three first-half penalties from fly-half Peter Crowley put Andrew's into a nine-point lead at the break.

Newpark out-half Fergal Howley stepped up to hit a 44th minute penalty to make a game of it, considering the breeze was in the winners' favour.

But then Jones showed his knack for being in the right place at the right time to take two crash balls to the line to seal the deal.

Newbridge wing Phil O'Neill made it six tries in two matches with a brace in a 43-10 defeat of a brave Sandford Park at Westmanstown.

Sandford had their moments with left wing Cian Martin and centre Niall Campbell pilfering tries in the second half as they recovered from the concession of four converted tries in the first period.

The strength of the 'Bridge rests very much in their backline from which they scored all six tries -- centre Charlie Ryan diving in for a couple, to add to O'Neill's double and one each from Ivan Briody and Dan O'Loughlin.

Wesley proved to be far too good for Templeogue at Kilternan, running in five tries from back-rowers Niall Carmody, Harry Bower and Andrew Walsh, centre Johnny Lewis and left wing James Quinlan, in a 39-0 win.

Irish Independent