St Gerard's recover from early scare to punish Fintan's
St Gerard's 23 St Fintan's 7
St Gerard's recovered from a shaky start to make the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at Donnybrook yesterday.
They were given a sharp shock early on as St Fintan's set the tone when centre Darragh Kelly sped over in the left corner for out-half Frank O'Dea to land an unlikely conversion.
This wasn't so much a wake-up call as a reminder of how nothing can be taken for granted.
St Gerard's started to move with greater authority, St Fintan's full-back Daniel Callan scrambling to shunt wing Morgan Freeley into touch.
It was an omen for what was to come as St Gerard's captain Ethan Baxter showed the way with a textbook block and gather of the loose ball for a try, converted by centre Oliver Haydock.
The binning of the influential Kelly for a high tackle was the invitation for St Gerard's to take control. The extra man told when number eight Rory Wilson plunged over in the 32nd minute.
Baxter, out-half David O'Brien and centre Cormac Foley combined to force a penalty for Haydock to make it 15-7 in the 40th minute.
A lack of discipline cost St Fintan's three more points to Haydock in the 50th minute.
The Sutton side still had a lot to offer with Kelly at the heart of their better moments. However, St Gerard's harvested a final try from left wing Freeley in the 65th minute.
Scorers - St Gerard's School: E Baxter, R Wilson, M Freeley try each; O Haydock 2 pens, con. St Fintan's: D Kelly try; F O'Dea con.
St Gerard's - M O'Reilly (J Dempsey 68); P Opperman, O Haydock (J Kennedy 67), C Foley, M Freeley; D O'Brien (M Finn 62), J O Caoimh; A O'Reilly, R Byrne (I Phillips 67), D Carroll (L Concannon 68), D Ahern, D McGovern (T Cahill-Hannigan 55), C Byrne (B Watson 65), E Baxter (capt), R Wilson.
St Fintan's - D Callen; N O'Halloran (A Keogan 65), D Kelly, M McGiff, S Boyle (E Dickson 67); F O'Dea, J Ussher (S O'Connor 67); A Kenny (C Fearon 65), K Hickey (R McCormack 36, T Bourke 65), M Fitzpatrick-Kelly (A Kelly 67), D Lally (C Hickey 31), S Donohue (capt), S Cox, C Graham A O'Kane.
Ref - J Carvill (Leinster Branch)