Leinster Schools Senior Cup: Clongowes Wood hold off spirited King's Hospital while Gerrard's advance
Clongowes 29 King's Hospital 21
Clongowes Wood College withstood a spirited display from The King's Hospital at Castle Avenue to advance from the opening round of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup.
With Joe Carroll in fine form, Clongowes were in the driving seat at the midway point in the contest. King's Hospital persevered with their challenge after the restart, but it was the Clane school who ultimately progressed to the last-eight.
Clongowes were overwhelming favourites in the build-up to this encounter, and they opened the scoring with a well-worked try from Anthony Ryan. A Bobby Sheehan five-pointer created further daylight, but King's Hospital finally opened their account with a converted Craig Adams score.
This only offered them a temporary respite, though, as Carroll subsequently touched down to give Clongowes a commanding 19-7 interval lead. The eight-time champions looked set for a comfortable victory when Rossa O’Kane added his name to the scoresheet at the start of the second half.
Yet, King's Hospital were determined to leave their mark on the contest, and a Tim Perry try kept them in contention. However, Clongowes full-back Charles Gallen crossed the whitewash to effectively place the outcome beyond doubt - before Matthew Mahood claimed a late consolation score for King’s Hospital.
Scorers – Clongowes Wood: A Ryan, B Sheehan, J Carroll, R O’Kane, C Gallen try each, B O’Shea 2 cons. The King’s Hospital: C Adams, T Perry, M Mahood try each, I West 2 cons, E Mahood con.
Clongowes Wood – C Gallen; J Maher, J Carroll, B O’Shea, C Kennelly; D Wilkinson, C Daly; R O’Kane, B Sheehan, C Duff; D Beggs, T Coghlan; A Ryan, J Durkan, B Dooley. Reps: C Dowling, L McMahon, R McMahon, P Dowling, T Gilheany, M Dowling, C Grimes, D Hanly.
The King's Hospital – P Hickey; I West, C Adams, P O’Boy, C Howley; F O’Loughlin, J Courtney; F Davis, T Perry, L O’Neill; O Evbodaghe, K Smith; C Moore, F Campbell, Z Bursey. Reps: M Mahood, T Raban, D Gray, A Carroll, E Mahood, R Joyce, S Boland, L Gilmartin.
Ref – D Blake (LRR).
St Gerard’s recover from early scare to punish Fintan's
St Gerard's 23
St Fintan's 7
St Gerard's recovered from a shaky start to make the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Donnybrook.
They were given a sharp shock early on as St Fintan's set the tone when centre Darragh Kelly sped over in the left corner for out-half Frank O'Dea to land an unlikely conversion.
This wasn't so much a wake-up call as a reminder of how nothing can be taken for granted.
St Gerard's started to move with greater authority, St Fintan's full-back Daniel Callan scrambling to shunt wing Morgan Freeley into touch.
It was an omen for what was to come as St Gerard's captain Ethan Baxter showed the way with a textbook block and gather of the loose ball for a try, converted by centre Oliver Haydock.
The binning of the influential Kelly for a high tackle was the invitation for St Gerard's to take control. The extra man told when number eight Rory Wilson plunged over in the 32nd minute.
Baxter, out-half David O'Brien and centre Cormac Foley combined to force a penalty for Haydock to make it 15-7 in the 40th minute.
A lack of discipline cost St Fintan’s three more points to Haydock in the 50th minute.
The Sutton side still had a lot to offer with Kelly at the heart of their better moments. However, St Gerard's harvested a final try from left wing Freeley in the 65th minute.
Scorers – St Gerard’s School: E Baxter, R Wilson, M Freeley try each; O Haydock 2 pens, con. St Fintan’s: D Kelly try; F O’Dea con.
St Gerard's – M O’Reilly (J Dempsey 68); P Opperman, O Haydock (J Kennedy 67), C Foley, M Freeley; D O’Brien (M Finn 62), J O Caoimh; A O'Reilly, R Byrne (I Phillips 67), D Carroll (L Concannon 68), D Ahern, D McGovern (T Cahill-Hannigan 55), C Byrne (B Watson 65), E Baxter (capt), R Wilson.
St Fintan's – D Callen; N O'Halloran (A Keogan 65), D Kelly, M McGiff, S Boyle (E Dickson 67); F O'Dea, J Ussher (S O’Connor 67); A Kenny (C Fearon 65), K Hickey (R McCormack 36, T Bourke 65), M Fitzpatrick-Kelly (A Kelly 67), D Lally (C Hickey 31), S Donohue (capt), S Cox, C Graham A O'Kane.
Ref – J Carvill (Leinster Branch)