Saturday 24 February 2018

Maher ignites Clongowes bid

Clongowes College 21 Kilkenny College 0 Leinster Schools Junior Cup

Milo Cruise O'Brien, Clongowes Wood College, celebrates his try with team mates (SPORTSFILE)
Milo Cruise O'Brien, Clongowes Wood College, celebrates his try with team mates (SPORTSFILE)
Tim O'Brien, Clongowes Wood College, is tackled by Chris Reynolds, Kilkenny College (SPORTSFILE)
David Wilkinson, Clongowes Wood College, is tackled by Andrew O'Brien, Kilkenny College (SPORTSFILE)
Andrew Ross, Kilkenny College, in action against Christopher Martin, left, and Tim O'Brien, Clongowes Wood College (SPORTSFILE)

Clongowes Wood completed the line-up for the Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final at Castle Avenue yesterday.

It didn't come easily to them, despite their full-back John Maher's brilliant fourth-minute try which allowed David Wilkinson to add a simple conversion.

There was plenty of give-and-take on the immaculate 3G pitch as Kilkenny captain Harry Stacey put on a real show at the breakdown.

Even so, out-half Wilkinson landed a penalty for hands in the ruck in the 20th minute for a 10-point lead at the break for Clongowes.

In fact, Kilkenny took over the game from then to the 40th minute into and with the wind without the guile necessary to break open the Clongowes defence.

Then, the winners moved methodically up-field for Wilkinson to strike penalties in the 43rd and 48th minutes.

The scoreboard was given something of a skewed appearance when replacement Milo Cruise-O'Brien hammered onto a pop pass for their other try in injury-time.

Clongowes - J Maher; C Grimes, T O'Brien, J Carroll (capt), C Martin (S O'Grady 59); D Wilkinson, M Galvin; S Mo (T D'Arcy 46), E Noone (H Lonergan 53), R McMahon (B Gallagher 56), T Coughlan, G Dowling, E Boland (M Cruise-O-Brien 36), T Power, B Dooley.

Kilkenny Col - A Ross (K Bradley 45); M Hodgins, J Rogers (U Badley 32), B Dickson, R Jackson (O Jack 57); C Tector, L Kerr (J Power 51); B Whitty, D O'Reilly (R Edwards 55), A Adeogun, R McCarthy (M McRedmond 36), A O'Brien, C Reynolds, D Thompson, H Stacey (capt).

Ref - A Fogarty (Leinster Branch)

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