Monday 11 December 2017

Gowing's boot helps Gonzaga see off Hospital


A TRY from lock Peter Herlihy and two penalties from fly-half Conor Gowing ensured Gonzaga's passage at Lakelands Park.

While the winners had the better of the argument territorially, it took them right to the 65th minute for Gowing to kick his first three-pointer and create the two-score cushion that was always likely to be decisive.

Gonzaga had held a 5-0 advantage from the seventh minute when mobile second-row forward Herlihy flashed around the front of a smartly worked line-out to accelerate into the left corner.

From then on, King's Hospital struggled for position and possession, their No 8 Matthew Bursey battling manfully alongside hard-tackling centre William Potterton to stem the tide.

The losing outfit just didn't have the weapons around the outside to truly test the winners' defence.

Gonzaga had two dangerous centres in captain David Meenan and Ross McKeever, allied to the strike threat of full-back Barry Goulding.

Once Gowing's penalty flew between the uprights, he quickly followed with another quality three-pointer from the left, making sure that the final scoreline presented a fairer reflection of the difference between two hard-working outfits.

Gonzaga College -- B Goulding (E Keane 56); R Fenton, D Meenan (capt), R McKeever, S Crowe; C Gowing, N Peters; K White (C Cosgrove 67), C Maguire, D Coyle, S Holly, P Herlihy (R Layden 55), P Ryan, J McNamara (A Keenan 64), H McVeigh (R Layden 8, temp).

King's Hospital -- R Lawless; R Olusa, D Smith, W Potterton, E McKeon-Silke; D Courtney, R Sharkey (S Dowds 55); C Petit, J Arundell, C Corr, S Boland, S Hannigan (R O'Connor 66), S Kane, J O'Reilly (J Perry 55), M Bursey (capt).

Ref -- R O'Flynn (Leinster Branch).

Irish Independent

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