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Saturday 25 November 2017

May's day as Wesley book final slot thanks to skipper's double

Stephen May led by example with two tries in Wesley's Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup semi-final win at Ballycorus.

Lock Luke Corish made the initial breakthrough from a line-out and maul to make it 5-0 in the 14th minute.

This did not unduly disturb St Columba's.

They returned to their nice brand of open rugby and soon reduced the gap with a penalty from out-half Louis Shiels.

Effectively, captain May made all the difference, striking either side of the interval with two bullocking breaks, the second a real scorcher which out-half Adam Curry converted, for a 17-3 lead by the 39th minute.

St Columba's kept working hard, their No 8 Nikita Kharitonov carrying relentlessly, only to suffer a final blow when Curry swept to the posts for the fourth try, which he also converted.

Wesley – A Quirk; C Nugent (D Fitzgerald 50), D Gilmer, T Spencer, C Kirwan (M Chooi 57); A Curry, B Corrigan (E Riumbau-Soler 42); P Major, M Guest, A Egan (N McGurk 42), A Burgess (R Sparkes 57), L Corish (B Whitley 57), N Morris (M Douglas 42), B Whitehead, S May (capt).

St Columba's – K Olurin (K Seeman 42); B Oyateru, C McCooey, A Verwjis, I Sugi-Davalillo; L Shiels, F Morris; J Suen, A Brady, A Punch; J Masding, H McCone; S Laurenceau, M Murphy (I Petrenko 42), N Kharitonov.

Ref – C Wardrop (Leinster Branch).

Irish Independent

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