Our Senior Cup Team took on Roscrea in the League last Wednesday in the College and managed to hang on to their 100% record winning by 18 points to 15.
This was always a close game with Roscrea coming into the game with only one previous loss. We have now definitely qualified for the semi-finals and will play whoever finishes second in the other group for a place in the league final.
Our Junior Team beat Templeogue 41:0 in their final league match and consequently finished 3rd in their group. This means that we do not go to the semi final stages but do have a playoff match to play against Kilkenny College for a place in the last 16 of the Junior Cup. This game takes place in two weeks time.
The Under-16s took on Gonzaga on Wednesday. With both teams qualified this would decide who would top the group and have a home semi-final. Gonzaga took an early lead with the conversion of a penalty on five minutes. The college struck back just two minutes later with a penalty of their own. This early scoring was followed by some very competitive rugby which saw both sides forcing good defense from their opponents. With Gonzaga missing a penalty on 16 minutes and no other scoring the half ended 3 all. The College lifted their game in the early stages of the second half and were rewarded on 46 minutes with a try from Ciaran O’Neachtain which was converted by Peter Osborne. The pressure also lead to a penalty on 49 minutes but Osborne failed to convert it. He erased this miss with a fine conversion of a penalty on 55 minutes. Following a period of pressure on the Gonzaga line, a well-worked backs move saw Ben O’Connor break two tackles and force his way over for a try. This was not converted however and with 8 minutes to go the score was 18-3. Knowing the prize at stake, Gonzaga rallied for the final few minutes and scored in the corner late on. With the conversion missed the referee blew the whistle for full time and an 18-8 win for the college. A fine performance from both sides saw notable performances for the college from Ruairi Kehoe Clarke, James Connolly and Charlie Kings.
The under 16’s/Transitions Years faced Kings Hospital in a friendly at the College on Wednesday. With a much changed line-up, compared to last week, the College got off to a great start with an early Eoin Dempsey try which was converted by Michael Browne. This seemed to spur on KH who, after some well executed open rugby from both side, scored a try under the posts and converted it. Both teams then enjoyed periods of dominance counteracted by good defense. With it looking like a draw for half-time the college made one last push and as William O’Brien was stopped just short of the line, Conor Sheridan picked from the base of the ruck and crashed over from two metres. With the conversion missed the half-time score was 12-7. The second half started badly for the college. They were caught by a great break by KH who scored and converted a well worked try. The college then showed great character and replied with two tries, from Peter Osborne and Browne, two conversions and a penalty, all converted by Osborne, in a 15 minute purple patch. Not satisfied with this, the college kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a try from Chris Murphy, with 10 minutes left, who touched down under the posts for a straightforward conversion scored by Osborne. KH, however, never gave up and continued to pile on the pressure. This attitude led to a much deserved try which was converted. With just 1 minute left though it was not going to be enough and the game finished 29-21.
On Wednesday last Inter A’s travelled to Gonzaga. It was an excellent team performance across the board with the team running in five tries and kicking two conversions to finish with a score line of 29 – 0. Scores were finished by E. Wynne (2), B. Hayden, P. O’ Neill, P. Cross with two of the conversions provided by C. Ryan.
On Wednesday last Newbridge College Inter B’s travelled to Gonzaga. After a limited warm up the game got under way and we hit the ground running. We had Gonzaga pinned into their own half for long periods during the 1st half. Unfortunately we only managed to put one try on the score board by the half time break. We weren’t as dominant during the first 15 mins of the second half and conceded 2 tries to leave the score 12-5. We eventually got going again and pulled the score back to 12-12. Again Gonzaga came at us and in the final minute of the game were awarded a penalty infront of the posts to leave the final score at 15-12. The team played very well for long periods and John Ennis, Ciaran Harris, Edward Williams and Ronan McDonald deserve a special mention.
Eller B 22 - Castleknock B 15. A wonderful match was played in Castleknock College with just a converted try separating the two teams. Richard Dromgoole-Maguire, Niall Fleming and Patrick Kavanagh scored the tries but it was a team effort that resulted in the victory. Credit also goes to Tom Dunne, Joe Darcy, Jack Lalor, Thomas Leahy, Barry Finan and David Devaney.
Other Results: Senior 2nd’s 20 Roscrea 15; Eller A 25 Castleknock 0; Eller B 22 Castleknock 15; Eller C 21 Castleknock 24; Eller D 31 Castleknock 46.
Well done to the Senior Boys Soccer Team who are through to the Midlands League Final after beating Cross & Passion 4-1 yesterday in the Semi- Final. Scorers on the day were Ian Mulligan (2), David Hickey and Paddy Ormsby.
And also well done to our U16’s team who have qualified for the semi-finals of their league after hammering Cross % Passion, Kilcullen by 7 goals to nil.