Saturday 18 November 2017

Tice proves the difference

St Columba's captured the Senior A Shield final after a performance full of grit managed to see them over the finish line.

It was the Columba's backs who made most of the difference as their ability to find gaps caused the Sandford men problems for much of the game. And it was prop Dalton Tice who somehow managed to squeeze over for the decisive try, with Matt Browne converting.

St Columba's -- J Bowlby; J Jacobson (M McBirney h-t), D Tice, S Scharner, P McGonagle; A Cherry, T Guinness; J Pickersgill, T Gibbs, A Martin, U Ogean, J Buckingham, C Ibe, R Nolan, M Browne.

Sandford Park -- J Reid (M Murphy 61); J Cowan, C McCormack, M Kirk, P McCormack; N Moran, A Harvey; D Harvey, S Lavery, T Robson, A Clinton (S Cullen 52), L Deighton, E Finn-Philips, E Madden, J Naughton (J Scanlon 40).

Ref -- K Laide (Leinster Branch).

Robert Vallejo blasted a superb 36-metre penalty with the last kick of the match to give Good Counsel, New Ross, victory over CBS Naas in this Section A Junior Shield final.

Naas moved out to a 6-0 lead when John O'Brien kicked a penalty and drop-goal. Vallejo halved the deficit and Robbie Larkin's try -- which Vallejo converted -- made it 10-6. Luke Mather's penalty catapulted Naas in front only for Vallejo to blast the winner.

Good Counsel -- M Aylward; A Byrne, R Vallejo, S Crowdle, B Walsh; C Nolan, G Mernagh; C Wallace (R Power h-t), J Caulfield, K Browne, P Barden, R Larkin, J Coughlan, E Quirke, S Grace.

CBS Naas -- D Fitzpatrick (C Fitzsimons 44); D Murphy, S O'Hagan, L Mather, D O'Toole; J O'Brien, D McGrath; J Kelly, L McCormack, S Caplice, S Lackey, C Gorry, C Dootson, J McCormack (S McCormack 25), R Pearse.

Ref -- T Wardrop (Leinster Branch).

Irish Independent

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