The winner headed to the quarters and the last 16 of the Cup. The defeated would have to make it through the Vinnie Murray. The game started well for the College and they came close to scoring early tries on three occasions but the Wesley defence stood strong. This lifted the home side and as they got a foothold in the game some slack tackling by the College saw they work a 12 point lead in 3 minutes. A penalty by Luke Maloney was all the College would have to show for their efforts and Wesley tacked on 5 points just before halftime to make it 17-3 to the Dublin side at the break.
The second half started well for the College and Johnny Deane found a gap and went through from 25 out to score a try which Maloney duly converted. Wesley came back and their efforts at the breakdown saw them rewarded with two kickable penalties which they took. 'Dig deep' was the order for the College. A penalty kicked deep into the Wesley 22 saw Newbridge set a maul from the lineout. As it headed for the try line Wesley pulled it down and the referee awarded a penalty try. Maloney added the extras. With time ticking away the College needed something special. From a scrum they shifted right and from the resulting breakdown it was out to Kevin Kyne why sliced through the Wesley backline and bagged a last play try. Maloney set the conversion and held his nerve to slot it to see the College steal the win by 24 points to 23. Commiserations to Wesley who battled hard all day. Special mention to Paddy Ryan, Dylan Morrisey and Kevin Kyne. Well done to the team who showed good fight in the end and to Rob Wynne who ably led his troops.
The Senior 2nds had an easier day against the same opposition. They finished with a 49-5 win with man of the match Dominic Doyle bagging 3 tries. A very dominant performance from the backrow paved the way for a solid game and a positive result.
Junior League: JCT v Gonzaga
Our Juniors finished the group stages of the league with an away trip to Gonzaga who were hunting a home quartet final birth. We started the game very well and within 2 minutes we were 5:0 when Marcus Kiely finished off an excellent team effort. We should have scored again so after but were guilty of bad decision making. This was to cost us as Gonzaga found a clear break and ran clear. While we managed to quell this attack, it gave Gonzaga the impetus to go on the attack. And just before half time, they scored a converted try to take a 7:5 lead into the break.
In the second half, we regrouped and looked to retake the momentum in the game. After some more excellent phase play, Donal Conroy ran clear to score. Gonzaga came back but this time our defence stood strong and was not breached. We piled on the pressure and then killed the game off with a third try. Donal Conroy collected a loose kick right on the sideline near halfway. He ran it back hard and somehow found a tunnel of space to breach the defence and score an absolutely brilliant try. Sam Cahill converted for a 17:7 final score. A great recovery after a difficult ultimate first half with stand out performances from Paddy O'Flaherty, Donoghue Lawlor and Marcus Kiely. This win means that we finish the group stages with a 100% record from our six games and we now face St Andrew's College at home in the League quarterfinal.
Ellers v C.U.S.
The Eller As returned to winning ways when they took on CUS in Bird Avenue. The away side started brightly but a tendency to run sideways meant a number of chances disappeared over the touchline. The breakthrough finally came when Calum Corcoran straightened the line and powered over after fifteen minutes. Corcoran became the provider soon after when he offloaded to Zack Zebedee who jinked his way under the posts. The second half followed a similar pattern and Robbie Dillon stretched the lead following some good carries from the pack. The fourth try was the pick of the bunch. An excellent Kieran Kelly carry brought play from deep in his own half onto the CUS 10 metre line. The ball was moved wide through the hands of Dillon, Tom Bohane and Tom Waters before Harry Farrell outpaced his man and sidestepped the cover to score under the posts. CUS had the final say when a series of pick and drives took them from outside the Newbridge 22 to score in the corner. Final score CUS 5 - 26 Newbridge
Newbridge Eller B's got off to a great start when David grant got in for their first try after a nice sequence of passing through he backs. However CUS came back strong and a break away try under the post left the ahead 7-5. Newbridge upped their game and again a back line move lead to two tries one from Patrick gaire and one from mark young. A great individual try from Finn mahon set Newbridge up for a solid second half.
In the second half Newbridge continued their dominance and look threatening at every break, they added to the score with tries from Cael chandlers and a further 2 more tries from Finn mahon. CUS got in for a late try to take he harsh look off the final score of 39-1
Other Results: Eller Black 96 CUS 14; Eller White 40 CUS 5
Results: 1st Yr A 1 St Andrews 1; 1st Yr B 0 St Andrews 4; 1st Yr C 3 St Andrews 0; 1st Yr D 0 Muckross 2; 1st Yr E 1 Muckross 4; 1st Yr F 0 Muckross 4. Minor Prem 0 High School 1; Minor C 3 Temple Carrick 2; Senior Prem 0 Alex 4; Senior C 1 Muckross 2.