Wednesday 21 March 2018

O'Farrell runs riot

Clongowes 33
Gonzaga 13

An extraordinary four-try salvo from scrum-half Ruairi O'Farrell was pivotal as Clongowes came from behind to crush Gonzaga at Templeville Road yesterday.

Clongowes suffered a set-back on 10 minutes when the lost centre Peter Brady to a leg injury, and Gonzaga soon opened the scoring through an Andy Marks penalty.

Marks followed this up with a try in the corner after a spell of intense pressure on 22 minutes, but Clongowes responded 10 minutes later when prop James Lyons drove over from a maul after Peter McVeigh's penalty had been caught by a treacherous wind.

Clongowes edged in front when O'Farrell went over after terrific work from Cillian Burke, but a second Marks penalty gave Gonzaga a 13-12 half-time advantage.

The second half belonged to Clongowes, however, as further tries from the pacy O'Farrell in the 46th and 51st minutes, the second a superlative 50-metre run, put them 13 points up.

That effectively killed off the game as a contest, and O'Farrell's fourth try two minutes from time was the icing on the cake as Clongowes marched on in emphatic style.

Clongowes -- D Kiely; C Neary, C Burke, P Brady (G Hegarty 10), A Hughes; S McVeigh, R O'Farrell; J Lyons, J Pimm, J Inglis (M Kelly 69); J Fitzpatrick (J Kennedy 53), B O'Regan, C Gillick (J O'Brien '66), E Tyrrell, M Jones.

Gonzaga -- J Kerrigan; M Coffey, C Tong, K O'Connor, R Fitzpatrrick; A Marks, H Gray (R Smith 62); E Byrne, H Brennan, R Barry, M McVey (F Ryan 67), F Maguire, E McMahon (P Ryan 47), J Doyle, K Carolan.

Irish Independent

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