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St Gerard's recover from early scare to punish Fintan's

St Gerard's 23 St Fintan's 7

St Fintan's High School's Se Boyle of is tackled by St Gerard's College's Paddy Opperman. Photo: Sportsfile
St Fintan's High School's Se Boyle of is tackled by St Gerard's College's Paddy Opperman. Photo: Sportsfile

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.

St Gerard's College Morgan Freeley scores a try. Photo: Sportsfile
St Gerard's College Morgan Freeley scores a try. Photo: Sportsfile

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.

Gerard's College's Rory Wilson with St Fintan's High School's Sam Donohue. Photo: Sportsfile
Gerard's College's Rory Wilson with St Fintan's High School's Sam Donohue. Photo: Sportsfile

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)

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