Tuesday 21 May 2019

Salesians succumb to Murphy's law as captain leads Andrew's to plate glory

Vinnie Murray Plate Final: St Andrew's College 29 Salesian College 7

Murphy’s seven-point salvo stretched Andrew’s further in front on the hour mark, before Luke Daly sealed matters with a powerful finish (stock photo)
Murphy’s seven-point salvo stretched Andrew’s further in front on the hour mark, before Luke Daly sealed matters with a powerful finish (stock photo)

Captain Nathan Murphy led the way to Vinnie Murray Plate glory with a try and three conversions for St Andrew's at Energia Park.

Despite a slow start, his side turned on the style in the second half, hitting 22 points without reply.

At the end of a prolonged attack inside the Salesians' half, Oliver McGannon jinked over the whitewash for the first converted try.

Salesians fired back with a similar effort from loosehead prop James Geraghty and Evan Burke added the extras.

Nevertheless, Murphy's stoppage-time penalty ensured Andrew's had a 10-7 lead at the break.

Burke had an ideal chance to restore parity on the resumption, but his place-kick drifted wide of the target.

Salesians were immediately made to pay for this wayward effort, as Nicholas Owens gathered a cross-field kick by skipper Murphy to touch down on the right flank.

Murphy's seven-point salvo stretched Andrew's further in front on the hour mark, before Luke Daly sealed matters with a powerful finish.

ST ANDREW'S COLLEGE - S Hamilton (P Guest 69); N Owens, N Murphy, F Ashton (C O'Byrne 69), O McGannon; J McDonnell (A Hoade 45), C Turner; D Molloy, A Deegan (B Walters 69), J Hewson (S Doherty 69); L Daly (D Murray 69), E Sellers; C Walker (O Molloy 25), J McDermott, C Blair.

SALESIAN COLLEGE - C McLoughlin (O Lawlor 45); S Chang (C O'Sullivan 65), S Wall, D Lovely (O Malone 67), C Bowden; E Burke, K Saunders (A Gildea 64); J Geraghty, J Hanley (E Bond 65), O Malone (E Casey 65); F Salu (C Doyle 45), C Purcell (S Ahern 47); R Doyle, C Bond, M O'Neill (W Docherty 39).

REF - T Colton (LRR).

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