Monday 21 October 2019

Clinical Maher pounces

Clongowes Wood 20 Wesley College 7

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It took the opportunism of John Maher to guide Clongowes Wood into the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-finals at Energia Park.

David Wilkinson struck an eighth-minute penalty for the Clane school to open the scoring.

Wood lock Hugh Lonergan caused then caused the Wesley defence to converge and Maher stepped off his right foot twice to make it 8-0 at the interval.

Wesley were renewed in their mission, their full-back Jamie Metchette's break and low kick forcing an attacking scrum.

They just could not crack open Clongowes at close quarters, despite the best efforts of tighthead Sam Illo and flanker Alfred Oropo.

Not long after, Clongowes scrum-half Ross MacGoey broke away into the left corner in the 49th minute.

There was more than a ripple of excitement when tighthead Illo blasted through two defenders for Adam Campion to convert, though.

The prospect of a hectic climax was soon removed when Maher seized on loose play to pick up his second try, Wilkinson converting.

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Clongowes - J Maher; L McDermott, J Carroll, F Kiernan (H Phillips 62), M Galvin (T O'Brien 58); D Wilkinson, R MacGoey; B Dooley (C Duff 69), E Noone, R McMahon; C Doyle (G Dowling 66), H Lonergan (T Power 62); D McCormack, T Gilheany, T Coghlan (capt).

Wesley - J Metchette; A Campion (A Galbraith 66), H O'Hagan, T Elliot (L Sutton 46), L Fitzpatrick; J Vard (Z McMullin 59), J Atkinson; C Gilmer (I Momoh 60), J Kavanagh (capt), (S van Breda 68), S Illo; J Brownell (H Grant 60), K Wallace; A Oropo, R Chandler (J Fish 66), D Dooley.

Ref - C Hogan (Leinster Branch).

Lawlor puts Newbridge through

Newbridge College 17 St Gerard's, Bray 11

Newbridge College delivered a strong second-half performance at Templeville Road yesterday to get the better of St Gerard's, Bray in the opening round of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup.

Trailing 6-5 at the break, the south Kildare men responded with tries from Jordan Nolan and replacement back-row Donough Lawlor to book their spot in the last eight for a second year in succession.

Just two minutes were on the clock when Gerard's broke the deadlock, Ben Watson measuring a 30-metre place-kick to perfection.

The inside-centre doubled his side's advantage with another penalty. But Donal Conroy brought Newbridge back into the contest when he sprinted over for an unconverted score.

After the break, flanker Nolan then broke through for a converted try to propel Newbridge into a 12-6 lead.

James Kennedy's stunning five-pointer kept Gerard's in it, but Lawlor dotted down to secure Newbridge's progression.

NEWBRIDGE COLLEGE - S Cahill (D O'Sullivan 51); D Conroy, M Kiely, T Sheedy (J Shanahan 51), D Higgins; J Hannon, J Doyle; R Scully, G McNelis (C Stopes 51), L Rigney; D Mangan, O Halpin (P O'Flaherty 66); J Nolan (M Moynihan 66), C McGroary (D Lawlor 51), M Cleary.

ST GERARD'S - J O'Donovan (O Newsome 56); C Kenny (J Watson 66) H Begley, B Watson, J Kennedy; S Morris, L O'Reilly (A Baker 42); D Carroll (N Dooley 46), R Byrne (F Happonen 55), J Dempsey (L Concannon 55); M Finn, T O'Connor; T Cahill-Hannigan, C Byrne, R Wilson.

REF - J Carvill (LRR)

Captain Barry seals victory

Gonzaga College 26 Castleknock College 24

Gonzaga College survived a late rally from Castleknock to emerge victorious at Castle Avenue.

Two penalties from scrum-half Jack Connolly put Gonzaga into an early lead before Castleknock hit back thanks to a try from centre Fionn Gibbons, which was converted by Adam Colbert.

Connolly added another kick to put Gonzaga in front before Tom Cullen took a line-out and Henry Godson went over just before half-time to make it 16-7 at the break.

Castleknock hit back with a try from Paul McMenamin before a penalty from Maloney then put Castleknock a point in front.

For the second time, however, Gonzaga hit back with a 10-point run which proved to be decisive.

Firstly, Ferghal Ó hOisín touched down before captain Jack Barry went over in the corner with seven minutes to go, which left them with a nine-point advantage.

McMenamin pounced for his second try late on with Louis McDonough adding the conversion but it was too late.

Castleknock College: I Bermingham; B Culliton, F Gibbons, C Dunne, J Roche; A Malone, L McDonough; S Callinan, E Chester, K McMenamin; M Ryan, D Slupko; C McKarrick, P McMenamin, L Callinan. Reps: A Doherty for Culliton (temp, 14), B Griffin for K McMenamin (35), J Wallace for Malone (70), F Slattery for L Callinan (70).

Gonzaga - C Hennessy; F Ó hOisín, F O'Grady, K Morgan, B Barron; H Colbert, J Connolly: H Godson, H Fitzgerald, R Shaw; L Tyrell, J Coolican; A Henry, T Cullen, J Barry. Subs: C Kirby O Briain for Henry (45), O Rogers for Cullen 70.

Ref - M Casey (Leinster).

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