Friday 26 April 2019

Mannion clinches Garbally double

Garbally College 31 CBS Roscommon 6

The reigning champions dominated the opening half. Stock photo
The reigning champions dominated the opening half. Stock photo Sportsdesk

Garbally College head coach Kevin Tierney says his experienced players made the difference as the reigning champions retained their Connacht Schools Senior Cup crown at the Sportsground.

The 18-year-old out-half Stephen Mannion, son of former Ireland international Noel, was only standing in at out-half but he gave a stunning personal display.

Just like last year he controlled the game as Garbally completed the double on a day when the Ballinasloe school secured a 47th senior crown.

"We have a lot of Leaving Certs playing there, and size matters in this age-group. It paid off in the end," said Tierney.

"Our out-half, Cian Treacy, got injured and missed today but Stephen really stood up in a tough place to play."

Garbally were 14-0 up at half-time after playing with the breeze, and when CBS Roscommon's comeback fell short Mannion and Oisín McCormack showed their class for a comprehensive victory.

The reigning champions dominated the opening half but had to settle for just two tries from Seán Horkan and Shea Hennessy.

By half-time, scrum-half Matthew Devine was yellow-carded and two penalties from Mark Purcell reduced the arrears as CBS Roscommon gave themselves a chance.

The first-time finalists couldn't sustain that and Mannion raced down the left wing to score in the 51st minute, before two further efforts from McCormack.

Garbally College - S Jennings; S Hennessy (C Goode 69), S O'Carroll, J Carry, S Horkan; S Mannion, M Devine (C Finn 60); S Egan (J Ryan 70), C Dolan (O Dooley 57), J Curley (J Dempsey 39); F Finneran, P Galvin (J Claffey 39); M Mitchell (J Noone 64), O McCormack, P Grehan (K Blackweir 70).

CBS Roscommon - M Dunne; R O'Keeffe (A Lyons 53), C Glennon, M Purcell, C Walsh; T Lambe, A Hession; T Farrell, R McGuinness, J Tucker; C Rohan, L Maher; J McDonnell, J Martin, J Keegan (R Lambe 64).

Ref - J Cairns

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