’Nure’s La Grue finds all the answers
The competition favourites Terenure have been warned.
There is no easy way through a Leinster Junior Cup clogged up with quality sides, few better than this Castleknock outfit.
Former Connacht hooker Adrian Flavin’s charges had already pocketed the Leinster League and they had no intention of stopping there.
Initially, ’Nure showed glimpses of magic from full-back Sam Dardis and easy access into the game from a well-drilled pack and half-backs Matthew O’Shea and Dominic Henry-Hayes.
But, the longer the half went on, the stronger Castleknock grew with captain Adam Corcoran outstanding. They slipped in front from lock Danny Waldron’s penalty on half-time and doubled the trouble for ’Nure from Waldron’s second three-pointer in the 33rd minute.
It was a long way back from there given the intensity of Castleknock’s defence.
It all began with a sweet pass from Dardis inside his 22, a speedy exit by wing Luke Murnaghan, his chip and centre Adam La Grue’s collection to sprint clear for his conversion to make it 7-6 in the 39th minute.
The outcome was in doubt right to the end when La Grue’s penalty closed it out.
Terenure – S Dardis; L Murnaghan, A La Grue, J Walsh (R McInnes 51), J Nolan; D Henry-Hayes, M O’Shea; L Vaughan, B Bruce (S Kirwan 46), M Hasegawa (J Boland 46), C Somerville (capt), R McGrath (A Kelly 51), B Vaughan, L Grady, P Heneghan.
Castleknock – J McDonagh; L McMenamin, M Leahy (A Doherty 34), J McGaley, S Mansfield; C Egenton, J Wallace; E Reilly (M Holton 57), K Jones, D Sinclair-McCabe, M Mellett, D Waldron, K Ronan, A Corcoran (capt), C Clancy.
Ref – A Fogarty (Leinster Branch)