Wednesday 22 November 2017

Keller instinct drives Garbally into last four

Connacht Schools Senior Cup
GARBALLY COLLEGE 30
ST JOSEPH’S, GALWAY 0

Garbally College 30 St Joseph's, Galway 0

Centre Ross Keller was the hero for Garbally College as they advanced to the semi-finals at Ballinasloe yesterday.

Keller scored 15 points as Garbally College -- the most prolific winners of the cup, but who have only one title in the past decade -- set up a semi-final date with Sligo Grammar.

St Joseph's from Galway city are second on the roll of honour but have not lifted the cup since 1994, yet they are starting to emerge as contenders again and this season won the development cup.

St Joseph's enjoyed a lot of possession during the opening half when they had the wind yesterday, but were left chasing the game following a breakaway try from scrum-half David Murray after 21 minutes.

Keller landed the conversion and a penalty for the 44-times winners to lead 10-0 at the break.

Keller killed the game as a contest within a minute of the restart with a try after a good passing movement and with prop Jacob Walshe, winger Conor Loughrey and scrum-half Murray to the fore, they had further tries from Walshe and full-back Matthew Tierney as they bid for their first crown since 2007.

Garbally College -- M Tierney; A Mannion (C Clogher 35), J Parsons, R Keller, C Loughrey; I Duffy, D Murray; J Walshe, A Loughrey (P Gilsenan 50), K Gavin; S Curtin, T Murphy; D Walshe, J Codyre, D Curley.

St Joseph's, Galway -- A Naughton; R Kerrigan, M Joyce (C Walsh 62), C Evans, J O'Donovan; C Moran, J Mitchell; B Brophy, R Tapia (D Arrigan 52), C Gavin; S Murray, E O'Brien (N Hanley 45); A Broderick, L Brennan, C Joyce.

Ref -- D Flood.

Irish Independent

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