Thursday 18 January 2018

Meehan seals deal as Patrician underline their emergence

Patrician Newbridge Photo: Sportsfile
Patrician Newbridge Photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Patrician Newbridge's star as a development school continues to rise after they secured the Junior Development Shield, beating Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew 24-19 in an entertaining encounter in Donnybrook.

This allied to their senior win two years ago shows the inroads the school are making.

Newbridge were first to score and a nice move through the hands along the backline saw Ben McGrath-Morgan feed Stephen Mulpeter into Carnew's 22. Mulpeter was held up, but there was McGrath-Morgan to slalom his way through to touch down.

Oisin Sherlock's conversion went just wide, leaving the score at 5-0.

Carnew gained possession from the kick-off and were very economical in their use of the ball, keeping it within their backs and crashing over, but like Newbridge they missed the conversion to leave it all square after 24 minutes.

Despite having two men in the sin bin, Newbridge were next to score when Sherlock prodded the ball through the cover for scrum-half Griffin Kennedy to chase and touch down to leave the score at 10-5 at half time.

Carnew came out for the second half eager to lay siege on the Newbridge line and they got their just reward when the referee awarded a penalty try.

It was converted and the Wicklow lads led for the first time, 12-10.

The Carnew defence came under huge pressure but managed to hold firm until 56 minutes when the Patricians spread the ball to the right and switched quickly inside the 22.

With Carnew scrambling a combination of the Patrician backs bustled towards the line, for Brendan O'Driscoll to touchdown near the post. This conversion was easier and Sherlock made no mistake to make it 17-12.

Buoyed by that score, Newbridge gained possession from the kick-off and took the ball to just short of the Carnew 22.

Kennedy released the ball back to Adam Meehan and the centre took off past the defence to touch down. Sherlock again followed up with the conversion to put the Patricians clear at 24-12.

Credit the Carnew lads though, they came storming back to cross the line and convert before the final whistle. However, it was Patrician, Newbridge's day as they claimed the school's second rugby title in three years.

Irish Independent

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