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Christopher Martin of Clongowes is tackled by Eoin MacAdaimh of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Christopher Martin of Clongowes is tackled by Eoin MacAdaimh of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Calum Dowling of Clongowes is tackled by Hugo McPeake of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Calum Dowling of Clongowes is tackled by Hugo McPeake of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Michael Behan of Clongowes is tackled by Elliot Campbell Foley of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Michael Behan of Clongowes is tackled by Elliot Campbell Foley of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Christopher Martin of Clongowes is tackled by Eoin MacAdaimh of Belvedere. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

In a game that could have gone either way, Simon Murphy was the hero at Donnybrook as Belvedere squeezed into the last four.

The full-back was central to the game-plan in striking for Belvo’s first try – and conversion – on the half-time whistle to wipe out Clongowes’ advantage gained through second-row Thomas Mulcair’s 18th-minute try converted by David Wilkinson.

Belvo struck first in the second period when centre Fergal O’Byrne’s strength in contact took him over the line for an unconverted try.

Clongowes responded through replacement wing Peter Maher, who collected out-half David Wilkinson’s sweet cross-kick, and Wilkinson’s conversion put the Clane school in front.

It was all-out energy from there as Murphy slotted a 53rd-minute penalty which proved decisive as Belvo survived a late onslaught.

BELVEDERE – S Murphy (D O’Grady 53); E Farquharson, H Murray, F O’Byrne, E MacAdaimh; D Hawkshaw, J MacNeice (P O’Farrell 46); E Campbell-Foley (D McCarthy 53), J Ross (A Beatty 46), H Flood (S O’Casey 46), B Bolger, A Moran, E Rutledge, E O’Neill (J Gleeson 51), H McPeake.

CLONGOWES – H Radmall; S Reilly, C Grimes (G Donovan 11), C Martin, G Fitzpatrick; D Wilkinson, S Sexton; M Behan (E Chambers 44), E O’Boyle, B Keogh, T Mulcair, J Kearney (S Bates 38); J Hilliard, C Dowling (capt), B Dooley.

REF – R O’Flynn (Leinster Branch).

Leinster Junior Cup Q/F

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