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Saturday 21 October 2017

Leinster Senior Cup Semi-Final replay: Roscrea on the brink

Cistercian College Roscrea players in front of their supporters after the match. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin
Cistercian College Roscrea players in front of their supporters after the match. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin
4 March 2015; Cistercian College Roscrea players huddle together in front of their supporters before the match. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Keith Kavanaugh, Cistercian College Roscrea, and teammates leave the pitch after the game ended in a tie. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Mark Delaney, Newbridge College, is tackled by Tim Carroll, Cistercian College Roscrea. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Conor Johnson, Newbridge College, is tackled by Aaron Browne, Cistercian College Roscrea. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Dylan Maher, Cistercian College Roscrea, in action against Jake Howlett, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Mattie Keane, Cistercian College Roscrea, is tackled by Tim Murphy, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Tim Carroll, Cistercian College Roscrea, is tackled by Colm Stapleton, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Fineen Wycherley, Cistercian College Roscrea, is tackled by Tom O'Neill and Patrick Ryan, right, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Mattie Keane, Cistercian College Roscrea, is tackled by Jordan Duggan, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Rob Wharton, Cistercian College Roscrea, is tackled by Jake Howlett, left, and Patrick Ryan, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Liam Walsh, Cistercian College Roscrea, after the match. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; A Cistercian College Roscrea supporter following his side's draw. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Brian Larkin, Newbridge Collge, shakes hands with Joe Murphy, 22, and Daniel Keane, Cistercian College Roscrea, after the game ended in a draw. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Tim Murphy, left, and Tom O'Neill, Newbridge College, react after the game ended in a draw. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Joe Murphy, Cistercian College Roscrea, is tackled by Ruair? Cleary, Newbridge College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Joe Murphy, Cistercian College Roscrea, is pushed into touch by Ruair? Cleary, Newbridge College, resulting in a disallowed try late in the second half. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Joe Murphy, Cistercian College Roscrea, is pushed into touch by Ruair? Cleary, Newbridge College, resulting in a disallowed try late in the second half. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
4 March 2015; Robert Buckley, Newbridge College, is tackled by Alan Tynan, left, and Dan Trayers, Cistercian College Roscrea. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Cistercian College Roscrea v Newbridge College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Cistercian Roscrea will bid to win the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time in their history against Belvedere at The RDS on St Patrick's Day.

They have been to three finals, losing out in a replay in 1941 to the same Newbridge they beat in this replay, a real thriller by any measure.

The other two down days have been more recent, finding Blackrock too strong (17-9) in 1999 when Wexford gaelic footballer Redmond Barry kicked their three penalties and Clongowes simply irresistible (46-15) in 2011.

They were big underdogs on both occasions. This will not be the case next Tuesday in what will be a 50-50 contest.

Coach Pieter Swanepoel will have suffered through the slings and arrows thrown by a Newbridge collective driven on by the brilliance of their captain Jimmy O'Brien in a super back division.

The Kildare boys went behind to Tim Foley's penalty and in front when lock Brian Larkin made the initial surge and hooker Conor Johnson showed stunning pace for a real gem of a try.

From there, the Roscrea pack simply took over for a 10-minute period that yielded tries for flanker Mattie Keane, number eight Dan Trayers and left wing Joe Murphy to take control at 20-5 by the 28th minute.

The second surge came from Newbridge with O'Brien converting his own try and another he created for Jake Howlett to get them close, but not close enough.

Cistercian Roscrea 20 Newbridge 19

Roscrea: T Carroll; D Keane, R Wharton, T Foley (capt), J Murphy; A Tynan, K Kavanagh; L Walsh, E Maher, D Murphy, F Wycherley, A Browne, S Meagher, M Keane, D Trayers. Replacements: K Cahir for Browne 43 mins; B Diffley for M Keane 55 mins; P Gavin for Meagher 63 mins; S Kilgallen for Wharton 64 mins; P O'Shea for Murphy 69 mins.

Newbridge: M Delaney; D Murphy, J Howlett, J O'Brien (capt), C Stapleton; T Murphy, C Doyle; J Duggan, C Johnson, D Breen, A Mahony, B Larkin, T O'Neill, R Buckley, P Ryan. Replacements: R Cleary for Murphy 1 min; M Joyce for Mahony 43 mins; R Culliton for Buckley 67 mins; D Culliton for Stapleton 68 mins.

Referee: G Conway, Leinster Branch.

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