Saturday 16 November 2019

Kilroy delivers killer blow to deny CUS


A last-gasp kick from out-half Dean Kilroy sealed High School's 19-18 passage to the second round in what was a helter -skelter clash with Catholic University School at Guinnees RFC yesterday.

The lead changed hands four times as CUS blasted back from a 6-0 deficit -- courtesy of two Kilroy penalties -- to post two unconverted tries from their No 8 David Feenan and lock John Gavin either side of the break.

The winners responded when openside Gavin Power was driven to the line in a maul for their only try, converted by Kilroy, to reclaim the lead before Feenan, for his second try, and a penalty from out-half Mark Hughes made it 18-13.

However, Kilroy held his nerve with two late penalties to secure victory for High School.

Skerries Community College just about deserved to squeeze out Ard Scoil na Trionoide 17-13 in a superb first-round encounter at Newbridge.

The Athy school certainly lacked nothing in ingenuity as they pushed the pace for periods with wing Thomas Mulreid stretching to the line for their only try against what was a superior Skerries attack, which produced touchdowns for front-rower Jamie Downing, blindside James Downey and full-back Paul O'Connor.

At Guinness RFC -- High School 19 (G Power try; D Kilroy 4 pens, con); CUS 18 (D Feenan 2 tries; J Gavin try; M Hughes pen).

At Newbridge College -- Skerries Community College 17 (P O'Connor try, con; J Downing, J Downey try each) Ard Scoil na Trionoide 13 (T Mulreid try; J Carbury pen, con; D O'Toole dg)

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