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CBS Roscommon captain Ciaran Purcell lifts the cup as his team-mates celebrate after the Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior A Cup Final win over St Muredach's College at The Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

CBS Roscommon captain Ciaran Purcell lifts the cup as his team-mates celebrate after the Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior A Cup Final win over St Muredach's College at The Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

CBS Roscommon captain Ciaran Purcell lifts the cup as his team-mates celebrate after the Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior A Cup Final win over St Muredach's College at The Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Late tries from Eoin Kelly and Tadhg Lyons saw CBS Roscommon crowned Top Oil Connacht Junior Schools Cup champions for the second time.

After being forced to defend during a scoreless first half, CBS Roscommon turned up the pressure on the restart with Kelly's try converted by Diarmuid Hession. Lyons made sure of victory although Sean Neary did bag a late try for the Ballina side.

Facing a powerful wind, CBS Roscommon got off to the brighter start although Hession saw his long-range penalty drift wide after 11 minutes.

St Muredach's pinned their rivals back for the rest of the half and with their dominant back row – openside Oisín Quinn was outstanding – they came close to breaking through on a handful of occasions.

And they got their reward when Kelly barged over in the 51st minute, while Lyons' flying finish five minutes later clinched the win.

CBS Roscommon: C Betts; T Lyons, J Fleming (A Oates 15), A Looby, S Lambe; D Hession, C Dolan; L Kilcoyne; T Tiernan, B Johnson; A Hoare, M McAteer; E Kelly (S Rohan 58), E Fimho, C Purcell (c).

St Muredach’s College: B Heffernan; D Neary (S Neary 54), L Duggan, C Anderson, B Collins; B Matheson (T Rogers 56), B Norton; L Cronin (C Green 55), C Brown (L Cronin 56), D Hopkins (A Dowd 55); L Feeney (A Forde 18-23 & 58), J Murphy (N Murphy 58); B Molloy (c), O Quinn, S Hopkins.

Ref: Gerry Geraghty (CBIRFU).

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