Sunday 21 January 2018

Kingston the driving force as St Gerard's storm Temple

ST GERARD'S 31 MOUNT TEMPLE 3 vinnie murray cup

Right-wing Sam Kingston helped himself to two of St Gerard's five tries as they qualified for a final showdown with Wesley College.

Left-wing Adam Simmonds, replacement forward Charlie Kenny and the flying Kingston (two) got in on the try-scoring act, as St Gerard's moved into an unassailable 24-0 lead.

Mount Temple simply could not cope with the pressure.

They were in constant retreat from the kick-off, with prop Aaron Jackson-Ryan scrummaging heroically to stem the tide and No 8 Sam Gibney leading the pack towards the team's only score.

That came from the boot of fly-half Daragh Irwin when he landed a second-half penalty.

However, there was still time remaining for outside-centre Con Callan to roll out the final try in this one-sided clash.

Victory here also means St Gerard's have earned the right to play Clongowes Wood in the first round of the Senior Cup next Thursday.

St Gerard's – M Prendergast; S Kingston, C Callan (R O Caoimh 59), C Jordan, A Simmonds (M Gallagher 44); T Whittle, D Baker (S Murray 60); N Buckley (N Byrne 44), J Ryan, T Kenna, H Conan, M Loughman (C Kenny 4), B Fitzpatrick (S Tyrell 40), D King (A Symes 51), F Smith (capt).

Mount Temple – E Prior; A Lynch (G Dunne 65), D Gill, D O'Byrne, S Jennings (B Warren h-t); D Irwin, T Beechinor; A Jackson-Ryan, S Reamsbottom, C Kelly (L Scullion 25, L Kearney 65), G Keogh, J Bethal, R Shaw (J Dawson 59), R McCann (N Broaders 59), S Gibney.

REF – M Scoyne (Leinster Branch).

Irish Independent

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