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Pat's in pursuit of trophy treble


St Patrick's Classical School Navan are on a run they won't want to end as they have swept aside schools in their pursuit of an unprecedented treble.

"It has been a great season so far," said coach Kevin Hourihane.

"We have now reached three finals, the Duff Junior Cup, the Section 'A' League final and the Fr Godfrey Cup final. It is a reward for the effort the boys have shown.

"We have even earned the right to play Blackrock in the first night of the Junior Cup at Donnybrook next Tuesday. I am sure the lads will give it everything they've got."

And they've got quite a lot to give, their main danger coming from running-kicking fly-half Christian Byrne, who provided all their points in the 13-8 defeat of CUS in the Fr Godfrey Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

Wesley College stand between St Pat's and one leg of their sought after treble thanks to their 24-3 defeat of St Columba's in the second semi-final at Ballycorus yesterday.

St Columba's will present the Navan boys with a test in the Duff Cup final as both qualifiers made it as far as the last four.

Early on, it looked as though Columba's might join St Patrick's in the Fr Godfrey final given how their forwards demonstrated an unyielding defence and fly-half Louis Shiels directed the traffic of runners around him.

They took the blow of conceding a try to second row Luke Corish, breaking away from the side of a maul, by keeping the ball in hand for Shiels to clip a penalty for offside.

However, the leadership of Wesley captain Stephen May soon became apparent as he appeared on the shoulder of his out-half Adam Curry to blaze a trail to the line, showing a neat sidestep on the way.

It was May's day again when he broke free down the left to apply a Chris Ashton swan song to his second try.

Fly-half Curry cruised over for the fourth in the 55th minute to ensure safe passage.