Saturday 24 March 2018

Keller's sweet kick sinks Jes

Garbally 11 Colaiste Iognaid 8 Connacht Schools Snr Cup

By Declan Rooney

Out-half Simon Keller slotted a late drop-goal to send Garbally into their first provincial final since 2007.

A pulsating encounter at Ballinasloe college looked to be heading for a replay with the teams level at 8-8, but Keller clinched a spot in the decider with a sweet kick, five minutes from time.

Any other result would have been a travesty as the 44-time winners dominated and took an 8-3 lead in at the break.

Padraic Og O Maille had given the Jes a 3-0 lead with a third-minute penalty, but scrum-half Sean Horan replied on 12 minutes, before his sniping run gave No 8 Jack Codyre an easy run in for a 19th-minute try.

The Jes were rejuvenated after the restart and drew level in the 48th minute when lock Eoghan Hannon crossed after pressure in the left corner.

Garbally camped out in their opponents' half and Keller slotted the drop goal to send them into next week's final against either Marist College or Sligo Grammar, who meet tomorrow.

Garbally College – A Mannion; R Kelly, C Barrett, I Duffy, S Tierney; S Keller, S Horan; D Walshe, P Gilsenan, D O'Hara (R Glennon 50-54); B Wilmore, S Holland (D Curley 62); P Claffey, D Connolly, J Codyre.

ColAiste IognAid – C Shaughnessy; P Murphy, J Kelly, E Ryder, E Wyne; P Og O Maille, R Browne; D Byrne, D Forde( E Croker 56), S Fallon (J O'Connor 62); H Power, E Hannon; J Kennedy, M Greaney, L McKnight.

Ref – D Flood (CBRA).

Irish Independent

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