Terenure edge Mary's as old rivals light up Donnybrook
The road to Donnybrook for the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup first round was lit up in a sea of colours as supporters from Terenure College and St Mary's College, Rathmines turned up for one of the most anticipated matches of the season.
The Old Wesley end was decorated in purple, white and black, while Terenure fans chanted their homemade cup songs that go back generations.
The sixth year cheerleaders led the way, getting the crowd into sync as the team made their way onto the pitch, hoping to do likewise.
The match began with a penalty from Mark Fabian of Terenure making it 3-0. However, St Mary's were hot on their tails with Alexei Schuster restoring parity.
The crowds on both sides erupted into singing. Many former cup players were there to relive their memories and cheer both sides on.
St Mary's led 6-3 at half-time. After the break, Zac Vaughan scored an excellent try for Terenure leaving Mark Fabian to easily convert and make it 10-6, but both teams knew that the game could still change at any stage.
Sam Dardis from Terenure made one of the best runs in Schools Cup history to get a spectacular try.
St Mary's made an attempt to catch up, gaining another try but by this time, Terenure knew that the tide was going their way. It was again the turn of Zac Vaughan to seal the victory for Terenure with a try.
The game ended with a score of 24-11. Terenure fans erupted into sheer delight when the final whistle was blown. Months of hard work and perseverance paid off when it mattered most.
Both teams had fought hard, entertained the large crowd and left with their heads held high after a thrilling start to the Schools Cup season.