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31 January 2014

Sports Roundup 31st January 2014

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Congrats to our SCT who advanced to the quarter final of this year’s Leinster Senior Cup with a hard fought 14:3 win over Roscrea. 

The quarter final draw has yet to be held due to the current inclement weather so it will be next week before we find out who we will face next.  

These teams met for the third time this season in Carlow on Wednesday.  Having lost both the League group stage game and the League final, Roscrea were determined to make it third time lucky.  This was evident right from the kickoff as they brought a very physically game and made some very big hits.  They forced Newbridge into attacking from their own half with a kicking game too.
Despite the early pressure, the first scoring chance fell to Newbridge on 6 minutes but Joe Darcy pushed the penalty just wide of the near post.  As the game developed Newbridge grew into it and used the ball well both up front and in the backs.  Their backs put together some slick passing but couldn’t break the Roscrea defensive line.  That was until 21 minutes when the Roscrea line drifted and the Newbridge’s Jimmy O’Brien stepped back inside to ease over the line from 15 metres out.  Darcy added the conversion.  Roscrea cut the difference 4 minutes later with a penalty from Tim Foley.  The remainder of the half saw both sides mount good attacks but both defences stood strong.  Newbridge had the best scoring opportunity of the second quarter but failed to make the most of an overlap in the Roscrea 22.  At halftime it was 7-3 to Newbridge College.
The second half started brightly for Newbridge and early pressure was converted to points as the Newbridge second row Conor Doyle cut through the Roscrea backline on 40 minutes.  Darcy again added the extras.  Roscrea weathered the pressure that followed well and kicked well to push Newbridge back into their own half on 50 minutes.  It looked like a good scoring opportunity for them but Newbridge defended well and forced a penalty to clear their lines.  Newbridge kept the ball moving using both backs and forwards out wide and in tight but their best scoring opportunity of the half came on 62 minutes from a chip through the Roscrea line.  The ball was hacked to within metres of the tryline but Roscrea covered excellently, wrapped up the loose ball, controlled it and cleared well.  
The latter stages of the half saw Roscrea lay siege to the Newbridge 22.  They controlled the ball well at the breakdown and showed great patience in their attack.  However, despite some 6 or 7 minutes of attack they failed to break a resolute Newbridge defence which stood strong to finish the game with their line in tact.  
NEWBRIDGE COLLEGE: N Delahunt; M Delaney, J Howlett, A Shanahan, J D’Arcy; J O’Brien, M Sutton; Conor Doyle, C Johnson, J Phelan, Conor Doyle, Tom Treacy; C Nugent, M O’Connor, T Brady.
Replacements: J O’Neill for Shanahan (59), B Finan for Delaney (59), B Larkin for Treacy (64), R Drumgoole Larkin for Nugent (64), T O’Neill for Johnson (67); S Treacy for Brady (70+2)
CISTERCIAN COLLEGE ROSCREA: T Carroll; A Tynan, F Higgins, D Corcoran, R Wharton; T Foley, D Lavelle; A Ferragut, S Culleton, L Walsh; S Meagher, P Ennis; M Keane, M Kelly, P Gavin.
Replacement: S Leo for Walsh (70+7)

Referee: B O’Keeffe (ARLB).

HOCKEY
Minor A Hockey Quarter Final
Newbridge played this Cup game on home ground in against Mount Anville from Goatstown in Dublin. The girls had prepared well but knew that this team would be tough opposition. Mount Anville had been beaten by Beaufort in their last league game on Monday and so they were out to prove their worth.
It can only be described as a cracker of a match.  Mt Anville played a very strategic game and made it difficult for the College to string together enough passes to get in to the attacking circle.  They played a high sweeper which can be a risky thing to do but it paid off for the visitors and stopped Newbridge getting shots on goal.  But at the half time whistle it was nil all and all to play for.
Mount Anville upped their game in the second half and hit very hard shots into the circle hoping for a deflection into the goal.  Thanks to extremely good defending the ball was cleared each time.  Coaches usually comment on goals that were scored in matches but the stroke of the day was a save by Aoife Gardiner off the goal line.
About ten minutes into the second half Mt Anville broke free and put away an unstoppable shot.  It was the only time the ball passed Caroline Kane between the posts.  Mt Anville looked more comfortable on the ball and that stood to them.  But with grit and determination the College dug deep in the last ten minutes and pushed and camped in their attacking circle.  But a win was not to be.  Newbridge left the field one nil down and their first defeat of the season.  The Minor A team will play the semi final of the league in the next two weeks against either Wesley or Muckross.  The girls would like to say a big thank you to all the coaches, staff and students who gave them such good support today.  

EQUESTRIAN
Results of Show Jumping held in the Wexford Equestrian Centre, Sunday
Team Event:  Open Team: 2nd Place.  Caoimhe Sweeney, Luke Heffernan, Sarah Behan & Amy Carroll.  Newbridge College won Best Turned out again this week.  

Only two teams made it through to the jump off.  Good Council and Newbridge College.  It was a very tense final round with Newbridge being beaten by Good Council by only seconds.  In the Individual Competiton Karen Casey came 2nd with Amy Carroll taking 6th place.


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