Mannion sparks Garbally
Garbally College 36 Sligo Grammar school 10
Connacht Schools Cup champions Garbally took another step towards a 47th Senior Cup crown when they produced a devastating display to overwhelm Sligo Grammar School in the first of this year's semi-finals.
Just five minutes had expired when Stephen Mannion touched down the first of his three tries, and while Hubert Gilvarry responded with a penalty for Sligo Grammar off the next attack, that was one of very few forays forward for the away side in Ballinasloe. Mark Mitchell powered over to make it 10-3 after 22 minutes as Sligo produced a magnificent goal-line stand to keep just the one score in it at half-time.
Garbally picked up where they left off after half-time and Saul O'Carroll touched down under the posts before Mannion added two more tries.
Sligo's Matthew Earley crowned a solid display with his team's only try with ten minutes to go, but there was still time for Seán Horkan to add one final flourish.
Garbally - S Jennings; S Hennessy (S Horkan 65), S O'Carroll, James Carry, S Horkan (B Daly 45); S Mannion, M Devine (C Finn 51); S Egan, F Dolan (J Dempsey 41), J Curley (J Ryan 63); J Noone (J Claffey 53), P Galvin (Joey Carry 69); M Mitchell, O McCormack, P Grehan.
Sligo Grammar - S Blackwell (I Ellison 59); S Atumonyogo, H Gilvarry, W Whelan, J Whelan; A Ward, J Fleming (M McGlynn 64); M Harte, M Earley (M McGlynn 19, blood), E Coyle; M O'Hara, T Anderson; F Staunton, B West, K Palamarczuk.
Ref - K Collins
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