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They will meet reigning champions Coláiste Iognáid in the final at the Sportsground on March 15.. Stock photo: Sportsfile

They will meet reigning champions Coláiste Iognáid in the final at the Sportsground on March 15.. Stock photo: Sportsfile

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They will meet reigning champions Coláiste Iognáid in the final at the Sportsground on March 15.. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Summerhill College from Sligo took a major step towards a possible first Connacht Schools Senior Cup title when they edged out the most prolific winners Garbally College in the semi-finals.

They will meet reigning champions Coláiste Iognáid in the final at the Sportsground on March 15.

Summerhill, pipped 19-18 by Garbally two years ago in their only final appearance, came from behind to secure a 10-9 win in difficult conditions in Sligo yesterday.

The hero for Summerhill was centre Ross Hickey who scored the only try of the game to bring his haul for the campaign to five.

Garbally led 6-3 at the break thanks to two penalties from Colm Reilly, with Brian Cox responding for the home side. Cox also converted Hickey's try but a third penalty from Reilly meant a tight finish but Summerhill College held on.

They will meet 13-time winners Coláiste Iognáid from Galway city in the final after 'the Jes' scored a 29-7 win over Sligo Grammar School at Newcastle. The champions laid the foundation for victory in the opening half when they built up a 17-0 interval lead.

Conor Briscoe, Tomas Forde and Jake Gallagher got the tries for the holders in a game played in heavy rain. The 'Jes' wrapped up the win when Briscoe and Forde both got their second tries in the second half.

Sligo Grammar School never gave up and captain Niall Gray scored a late consolation try which he converted himself.

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