Sunday 23 September 2018

Cosgrave try clinches tie for powerful St Michael's

St Michael's Col 25 Terenure Col 13

St Michael's gradually showed a great mentality to overcome Terenure and book their place in the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final (stock picture)
St Michael's gradually showed a great mentality to overcome Terenure and book their place in the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final (stock picture)

Leinster Schools Snr Cup 1st rd

St Michael's gradually came to terms with ferocious Terenure to make it into the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-final at Donnybrook yesterday.

Terenure looked the more at home with the hard-hitting opening quarter, their three quarters looking to hit any moving targets.

They took St Michael's out of their comfort zone for captain Jamie Devlin to strike a sixth-minute penalty.

But they made the mistake of not fully focusing on a 'next play' mentality, coughing up the restart for David Ryan to square the game.

They were deliberate and direct in their pursuit of go-forward, centre Adam La Grue exploiting the fringe for a try converted by Devlin for 10-3 in the 18th minute.

It took a textbook poach by wing Andrew Smith to pick up a penalty which Ryan angled into touch.

From there, Lee Barron found Ryan Baird soaring at the lineout, hooker Barron coming round in support to claim the ball and the try for Ryan to convert from the left on the half-hour.

The Aylesbury Road school's full-back Mark O'Brien accelerated away from defenders to cause a penalty which Ryan nailed for a 13-10 lead at half-time.

On return, St Michael's got more than they could have planned for when Ryan's penalty came back off the left post for openside Scott Penny to grab and ground, Ryan converting for 20-10 in the 38th minute.

This was met with a collective 'so what' from 'Nure as they forced a penalty which Devlin squeezed between the sticks.

That was the cue for St Michael's to go into overdrive. Ryan charged up the middle, Smith danced inside, Baird straightened the line and centre Chris Cosgrave stepped off his left for a terrific team try for 25-13 in the 45th minute.

It was a blow 'Nure never really recovered from.

St Michael's - M O'Brien; J O'Loughlin, C Cosgrave, D Ryan (capt, N Carroll 68), A Smith (E Kelly 68); J Barron, R Gilsenan (D McCarthy 67); J Boyle (A Peat 65), L Barron (P Feeney 67), C Hennessy, M Healy (J Fish 59); R Baird, J Booth, S Penny (M Hernan 50), D O'Donovan.

Terenure - S Dardis; L Murnaghan, A La Grue, J Walsh (H Roberts 50), H Boyden (L Grady 50); J Devlin (capt, J Walsh 56), G Morgan (M O'Shea 50); L Vaughan, B Morris (A Dunne h-t), S McCoy (S Daly 48), E Doherty (T Cadell 64), A Deegan, J Townsend (P Heneghan 60), J Cooke, C Shenton.

Ref - M Casey (Leinster Branch)

Irish Independent

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