McMicken dishes out double finishing lesson to keep Sligo Grammar's fightback at bay
Winger Robert McMicken scored two good tries as champions Marist withstood a strong comeback from Sligo Grammar to emerge victorious in an exciting semi-final in Athlone.
The holders seemed poised for an easy win when they raced into a 22-0 lead after just 17 minutes.
But Sligo Grammar battled back in the second half and set up an exciting finish when they got within six points in the final quarter.
However, the Athlone school finished strongly to book their place in Wednesday's final against Garbally College.
Out-half Barry Goode kickstarted the strong start by Marist with a penalty in the opening minute before McMicken broke for the first of his two tries.
Harry Hughes made it 15-0 after just eight minutes with a superb break down the left wing and McMicken then grabbed his second try in the right corner, with Goode's conversion making it 22-0.
Two Andrew Callaghan tries and one from Jake Smith got Sligo to within six points with 10 minutes left, but the champions sealed their place in the final four minutes from time when Goode converted a close-range penalty.
Marist College – E O'Reilly (T Finucane 65); R McMicken, S Dempsey (C McMicken 35), C Langdon, H Hughes; B Goode, R Ashe; J Gormely, C McGrath, J O'Meara; C O'Brien, J Flynn; C Morrissey, B Cooper, E Galvin.
Sligo Grammar – P Brittain; D Laydon, J Smith, M Cosgrove, A Dodd; M Green, A Callaghan; J Greer, J Bennett, M Carter; N Walber, A Nairn; J Conway, L Dunne, S Boyle.
Ref – K Collins.