Sunday 16 December 2018

Ross sets tempo for Belvedere in march to semi-final spot

Belvedere Col 24   Clongowes Wood 7

Jonathan Ross of Belvedere College scores his side's first try despite the efforts of Derick Sholarin of Clongowes Wood College. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jonathan Ross of Belvedere College scores his side's first try despite the efforts of Derick Sholarin of Clongowes Wood College. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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.

Joshua Maher of Belvedere College gets away from Rory Morrin of Clongowes Wood College. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Joshua Maher of Belvedere College gets away from Rory Morrin of Clongowes Wood College. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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)

Rory Morrin of Clongowes Wood College is tackled by Daniel Hawkshaw of Belvedere College. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Rory Morrin of Clongowes Wood College is tackled by Daniel Hawkshaw of Belvedere College. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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