Ross sets tempo for Belvedere in march to semi-final spot
Belvedere Col 24 Clongowes Wood 7
Jonathan Ross's Belvedere became the first side to make it into the Leinster Junior Cup semi-finals at Donnybrook yesterday.
The key was a fast start in which No 8 Ross was prominent, latching onto a block-down for the first try in the seventh minute.
Hooker David Lambe pounded out the hard yards and centre Daniel Hawkshaw benefited from a fortunate bounce for further tries in the 14th and 21st minutes, two of which were converted by Belvo's full-back Dylan O'Grady.
The look of gloom lifted for Clongowes on the back of prop Marcos Roca's turnover and centre Rory Morrin's speed and line of running for captain Charlie Reilly to make it 19-7 at the break.
When they couldn't add to this, despite the best efforts of magnificent Morrin, Belvo' sealed it with left wing Michael Rock's fine finish.
Belvedere - D O'Grady; S Meaney, J Maher (E Carroll 55), D Hawkshaw, M Rock; F McCarrick, B Foy (R Keeley 52); J Sargent, D Lambe, S Hayes, J Flynn (C Cope 55), C Doran, E Rutledge, A Hayden (C Russell 43), J Ross (capt).
Clongowes - C Reilly (capt); M Spillane, R Morrin, S Black (H McGrath 58), D Sholarin (S Noone 58); C McNamee, O Devitt (G Coman 53); M Roca, L Dowling (R MacGabhann 58), B D'Arcy (T O'Donnell 52), A Matthews (I Cruise-O'Brien 52), A Mannion, L Murray, J Carroll, H Wilkinson (F Gavigan 58).
Ref - B Cuttriss (Leinster Branch)