Monday 23 October 2017

O'Kelly gets Michael's going

St Michael's 23 St Gerard's 0

Stephen Judge of St Michael's College goes over to score his sides second try during the match against St Gerards School. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Stephen Judge of St Michael's College goes over to score his sides second try during the match against St Gerards School. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

After withstanding a barrage of first-half pressure, St Gerard's resilience was eventually broken three minutes after the restart as 23 unanswered points from St Michael's booked their place in the quarter-final draw.

As soon as Ian O'Kelly crossed for the first of Michael's three tries in atrocious conditions, the writing was on the wall for a Gerard's.

Rober Russell of St Michaels College in action against Stephen Bourke of St Gerard's School during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Round 1 match. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Rober Russell of St Michaels College in action against Stephen Bourke of St Gerard's School during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Round 1 match. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Harry Byrne, brother of Leinster out-half Ross, converted O'Kelly's try and added a penalty shortly after to make it 10-0.

Stephen Judge scored a second try after 51 minutes before Byrne added another penalty.

Out-half Byrne's clever grubber kick created Michael's third try late on as winger Christopher Carey got over in the corner.

St Michael's College - I O'Kelly (R Russell 42); J O'Loughlin, M Corcoran, D Ryan (D Moran 60), C Carey; H Byrne, P O'Beirne (C Allen 63); C Hennessy (A Peat 60), S Judge (P Feeney 63), L Duffy (A Duggan 42); R Baird, J Dunne (capt); M Roche, S Penny (B Leahy 59), D O'Donovan.

St Gerard's - M O'Reilly; C O'Flaherty (C Gilmore 68), B Geoghegan (J O Caoimh 57), M Baker (O Haydock 52), A Kingston; B Watson, C Foley; C Powell (R Dooley 57), D Power (capt) (C Walsh 59), L Noonan; S Bourke, J O'Sullivan (M Smith 52); C Byrne, E Baxter (T Dempsey 66), C Finnegan.

Ref - B O'Keefe (Leinster Branch)

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