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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Powerful Castleknock send out signal of intent

CASTLEKNOCK powered to a 18-3 Leinster Schools Senior Cup victory over St Mary's at Donnybrook yesterday.

The Dublin 15 outfit impressed with the likes of Thomas Farrell, Michael Mellet, and Paul Nalty proving too hot to handle for the Rathmines lads.

Mellet got Castleknock off to a great start when he dotted down at the end of a dynamic move by Castleknock to help his side to a 7-3 interval advantage.

St Mary's restarted like a team possessed but they failed to turn their possession into scores.

Castleknock, having weathered the story, regained the upperhand as Robert Troy extended their lead with a penalty.

Dublin minor footballer of last year, Eoghan Quinn, almost scored a superb individual try before Troy pushed Castleknock further in front with another penalty.

In the final minutes scrum-half Daragh Henry sealed the win with a searing 40-metre break that killed off the St Mary's challenge.

CONOR McKEON'S 61st minute penalty proved decisive as Gonzaga edged out St Gerard's, 6-3, in a bruising Leinster Schools Senior Cup at Stradbrook yesterday.

St Gerard's made the brighter start and their early pressing paid off on 13 minutes when Sam Kingston converted a close-range penalty.

McKeon got Gonzaga back on level terms by slotting over a 25-metre penalty.

Gonzaga had two penalty opportunites to regain the lead which they squandered before McKeon turned hero to kick the winner.

A MASSIVE 17 minutes injury time was played in the St Michael's v Cistercian Roscrea Leinster Schools Senior Cup clash.

Roscrea looked set for victory but the underdogs were denied by Ross Byrne's late, late equalising penalty.

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