Monday 24 September 2018

Maloney pulls strings for Newbridge in emphatic win

Newbridge College 36 Presentation BRA 0

Newbridge College's Larry Kelly holds off a tackle from Presentation College Bray's Ben Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile
Newbridge College's Larry Kelly holds off a tackle from Presentation College Bray's Ben Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Newbridge strolled into the quarter-finals with an emphatic victory over Pres Bray, who were simply frozen to the spot from the start of what was expected to be a 50-50 contest at Donnybrook.

The Bray boys failed to generate any kind of continuity up front, despite best efforts of prop Keld Sredojevic, captain Jack McGrath and No 8 Joseph McLaughlin.

Newbridge College's Luke Rigney celebrates the win. Photo: Sportsfile
Newbridge College's Luke Rigney celebrates the win. Photo: Sportsfile

The sharp running of Newbridge fly-half Luke Maloney was a feature of the first half, showing up twice for his opening try in the seventh minute. The second came off the back of sure continuity and a delayed pass from flanker Oisín Halpin which was taken to the house by centre Karmon Fitzgerald, Maloney's conversion making 12-0.

Bray's only glimpse at hitting back came from centre Mick O'Gara's long-distance penalty which was held up in the wind.

It wasn't long before Jack Doyle's favourite weapon, an inside pass, set captain Cian Prendergast off and he had the pace to evade three tackles on his way to the posts for seven more for 19-0 at the break.

Thereafter, Maloney stretched the lead from a penalty in the 42nd minute. Centre Karmon Fitzgerald doubled-up when speeding to the posts for Maloney to convert in the 46th minute.

Newbridge College's Robert Scully on his way to scoring his side's fifth try. Photo: Sportsfile
Newbridge College's Robert Scully on his way to scoring his side's fifth try. Photo: Sportsfile

That man Maloney's trickery opened up Pres for replacement Robert Scully to put a seal on it with a finish into the left corner.

Newbridge - D Conroy; C Creedon, K Fitzgerald (K Fitzgerald 65), E Conroy (T Sheedy 53), C Creedon; L Maloney (R Finn 65), J Doyle (S Cahill 65); T Grant, L Kelly (G McNeilis 65), L Rigney, D Morrissey, C Prendergast (capt), O Halpin (M Moynihan 65), H O'Neill (C McGroary 53, R Scully 56), M Cleary.

Pres Bray - D Maloney; A Walsh (J Mortell 64), S O'Dowd, M O'Gara, J Pyper; E Ryan, B Murphy (S Roche 67); K Sredojevic (D Magee 42), T Harbinson (C Williams 57), B Brady (D Magee h-t, temp), J McGrath (capt), L Lupton-Smith (R McDonald 65), S Graham (N Groves 67), C McNulty, J McLaughlin.

Ref - G Sheridan (Leinster Branch)

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