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Sunday 17 December 2017

Terenure retain JCT to add to Michael's misery

"Yes we can" sang the Terenure College supporters -- and so they did as for the second year running the title made its way back to D6W.

In perfect conditions, this talented Terenure group produced pretty much the complete team performance when overwhelming St Michael's 31-9 at Donnybrook yesterday.

It was difficult not to feel for the Ailesbury Road school. Having lost the senior decider to Clongowes on Wednesday, they completed a most unwanted double yesterday, in the process also making it four junior final defeats in a row.

And much like the Scots at Croke Park the previous day, they had started well, laying down an early marker by way of a successful Ross Byrne penalty just two minutes in.

From then almost to the break, inspired by runaway express Silvio Borza, skipper Rob Somerville, workaholic flanker Patrick Thornton, clever scrum-half Gary Clarkin and powerful centre Hilary Nwankwo, 'Nure took complete control.

Out-half Jordan Lynch almost crossed in the seventh minute, before Harrison Brewer and Nwankwo provided the groundwork from the resulting scrum for Clarkin to eventually burrow in and Stephen O'Neill struck a fine conversion.

Ten minutes later Clarkin raced clear up the tram line for his and his side's second try. O'Neill bisected the posts from the touchline.

The ever-influential Brewer then burst through for a 24th-minute try from a pre-rehearsed penalty move, and when O'Neill again added the extras, Michael's fate was all but sealed with the score at 21-3.

To their credit, with Stephen Harold, Mick Craig, Conor Duffy and Cian Kelleher to the fore, they battled gallantly. But two further Byrne penalties was as good as it got for them.

The outstanding Brewer provided the scoring pass for Neil O'Connor to cross for a try on 50 minutes and then adding the coup de grace when scoring his second and the 'Nure's fifth try of the day, completing the school's 10th Junior Cup in the most appropriate style.

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