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Presentation College Bray's Eoin Doyle, supported by team-mate Cathal Martinm, is tackled by Will Potterton of The King's Hospital in the Vinnie Murray Cup semi-final

Presentation College Bray's Eoin Doyle, supported by team-mate Cathal Martinm, is tackled by Will Potterton of The King's Hospital in the Vinnie Murray Cup semi-final

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The King's Hospital's Matthew Bursey is tackled by Cathal Martin, left, and Conor Byrne of  Presentation College Bray

The King's Hospital's Matthew Bursey is tackled by Cathal Martin, left, and Conor Byrne of Presentation College Bray

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Presentation College Bray's Conor Dempsey holds on to possession after being tackled

Presentation College Bray's Conor Dempsey holds on to possession after being tackled

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The King's Hospital's Tom Doyle

The King's Hospital's Tom Doyle

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The King's Hospital's James O'Reilly

The King's Hospital's James O'Reilly

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Presentation College Bray's Eoin Doyle, supported by team-mate Cathal Martinm, is tackled by Will Potterton of The King's Hospital in the Vinnie Murray Cup semi-final

The greater all-round fluency of The King's Hospital was their greatest companion as they beat Pres Bray at Donnybrook to reach the Vinnie Murray Senior Cup final.

The winners overcame the loss of captain Rolus Olusa and primary goal-kicker Sam Dowds within the first five minutes.

Replacement centre Daniel Courtney powered his way over for the first try and back-up kicker Paul McCullagh was good for seven points.

The result was tough on Pres inside-centre Cathal Martin, who scored all of his team's 14 points, his second converted try making it 15-14 in the 48th minute.

After that, KH No 8 Matthew Bursey showed up for a few crucial plays, taking a spilled ball for 60 metres to turn defence into attack and being the chief instigator for hooker Jack Perry's crucial 54th minute converted try.

The King's Hospital - S Dowds; P McCullagh, R Olusa (capt), W Potterton, D Smith; R Lawless, R Sharkey; J White, J Perry, C Petit, F Shilling, J O'Reilly, S Kane, S Charman, M Bursey. Replacements: D Courtney for Dowds (5 mins), L Morgan for Olusa (7), D Boles for Morgan (57), T Doyle for Kane (68).

Pres Bray - C Dempsey; M Boland, E Doyle, C Martin, D Treanor; C Byrne, D Curran; C Maguire, D McGrath, D Molloy, E Hunt, S Murphy, L Downer, S Maloney, S Gorman (capt). Replacements: B Gonouya for Maloney (32).

Irish Independent