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Newbridge make it a schools final double after dramatic Junior Cup win over Terenure

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Tadhg Brophy scores Newbridge's third try in the Junior Cup semi-final win over Terenure at Energia Park. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Tadhg Brophy scores Newbridge's third try in the Junior Cup semi-final win over Terenure at Energia Park. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Tadhg Brophy scores Newbridge's third try in the Junior Cup semi-final win over Terenure at Energia Park. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Tadhg Brophy popped up with a last-minute try to see the Newbridge match their seniors in making the Leinster Junior Cup final at Energia Park.

They got straight down to business in the first half, out-half Paddy Taylor turning nothing into something, with wing Adam Larkin-Smithers darting right, centre John Collins asking questions on the ball and his partner Harry Farrell completing a sensational move for Andrew Carroll to convert in the 5th minute.

This was countered by aggressive Terenure driving from Matthew Somerville, Joshua Delaney and Ben Nolan that was the smart ploy into the face of a strong wind.

The deceptive footwork of their centre Yousif Ajina and the leg-drive of Nolan set up an attacking scrum, lock Eamon Geraghty squeezing out the last metre for Harvey O'Leary's conversion to level it in the 20th minute.

Newbridge wing Carroll had to chop down Eoghan Walsh as 'Nure began to assert their plan, scrum-half Paul Swords pulling the strings like a maestro.

They were patient in the build-up to half time, peppering Newbridge with runners in close and further out until Ajina reached out to the line for 12-7 at the break.

There was always the athleticism of Farrell to lean on and the centre exploded from inside his own territory, chipped and gathered on the bounce for Carroll's conversion to put them back in front in the 33rd minute.

Their X-Factor was not just limited to Farrell, full-back Brophy shooting into space and gliding around the last defender for another stunning effort to lead 19-12 in the 38th minute.

If Terenure were shellshocked, they didn't show it. Charlie Redmond-Murray and Somerville were held up over the line and Ajina got close to it before Ruairi Byrne was binned for persistent infringing.

It was the size of Ajina from close range that was eventually decisive, O'Leary stitching on the conversion to level it up.

But there was time for a response. Newbridge wing Larking-Smithers threatened up the left and 'Nure replacement Rory King almost won the race to his tumbling kick.

It was looking all set for a replay when out-half Taylor broke the line and found Brophy to his right, and there was no way the match-winner would be caught.

NEWBRIDGE: T Brophy; A Carroll, H Farrell, J Collins, A Larkin-Smithers; P Taylor, M Collins (H Hamilton 55); D Walsh, J Sheedy, S Davitt, R Munnelly (P Forde 42), S Treacy, S Menton, R McGroary, R Byrne (capt).

TERENURE: J Kennedy; D Martin, Y Ajina, H O'Leary, E Walsh; H Ennis (R King 38), P Swords; O Storey, M Egan (M Murphy 42), J Delaney (C O'Brien 38), E Geraghty (O Flanagan 34), M Somerville (capt), C Redmond-Murray, C Montero-Belard, B Nolan.

REFEREE: C Wardrop, Leinster Branch.

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