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Thursday 14 December 2017

Belvo's start breaks Clongowes' hearts

3 March 2015; Sean Long, Belvedere College, and his team-mates celebrate at the final whistle. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Sean Long, Belvedere College, and his team-mates celebrate at the final whistle. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; A Belvedere College supporter looks on during the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Brian Egan, Belvedere College, is tackled by Nickolas Rinklin, Clongowes Wood College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; John Molony, Clongowes Wood College, is tackled by Declan Monaghan, Belvedere College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; John Molony, left, and Jonathan Glynn, Clongowes Wood College, dejected after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; James Lappin, Clongowes Wood College, is tackled by Declan Monaghan, Belvedere College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Belvedere College captain Mike Sweeney, left, commiserates with Clongowes Wood College captain John Molony after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; James Lappin, Clongowes Wood College, celebrates scoring a second half try. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Belvedere College captain Mike Sweeney, centre, urges on his team-mates during the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; John Molony, Clongowes Wood College, is tackled by Declan Monaghan, Belvedere College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Belvedere College captain Mike Sweeney sings with his team-mates and supporters after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Conor Jennings and team-mate James McKeown, right, Belvedere College, celebrate their side's victory. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Declan Monaghan, Belvedere College, is tackled by Nickolas Rinklin, Clongowes Wood College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Belvedere College players sing with supporters after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Belvedere College players, right to left, Conor Jennings, James Kenny, Dan McCaffrey, Senan McNulty and Brian Egan sing their school song after the win. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Belvedere College's Sean Long celebrates with supporters after the game. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Conor Jennings, Belvedere College, scores his side's second try despite the efforts of Rowan Osborne, Clongowes Wood College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Oscair McGrath, Belvedere College, is tackled by Michael McDermott, Clongowes Wood College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Conor Jennings and team-mate James McKeown, right, Belvedere College, celebrate their side's victory. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Tom DeJongh, Belvedere College, is tackled by Nickolas Rinklin, Clongowes Wood College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
3 March 2015; Conor Jennings, Belvedere College, is tackled by Rowan Osborne, Clongowes Wood College. Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final, Clongowes Wood College v Belvedere College, Donnybrook Stadium, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

BELVEDERE have made the Leinster Senior Cup final for the first time since they last won it back in 2008 when they held off hard-charging Clongowes Wood 27-26 in a thriller on Tuesday afternoon in Donnybrook Stadium.

This time they got out to a dream start by rocking Clongowes with two tries in the space of a minute from Oscair McGrath and Conor Jennings.

It seemed everything that could go wrong for the Clane school did with some of this down to the physical pressure they were operating under.

A Jennings penalty and Eoin Cleere's try made it 20-0 by the 44th minute.

Even when Clongowes Donal Mongey closed in on a try from a maul, Belvo' rebounded for Dan McCaffrey to leave it 27-7 in the 54th minute.

Suddenly, Clongowes clicked for quickfire tries by Rowan Osborne and Jonny Moloney to eat into the leeway.

Amazingly, it was back to one when centre James Lappin intercepted for a stunning converted try before the clock eventually beat them.

Belvedere: E Cleere; S Long, J McKeown, D Monaghan, O McGrath; C Jennings, G O'Kelly; M Sweeney (capt), A Hynes, E Molloy, C McCaffrey, B Egan, S McNulty, M Kearney, T de Jongh. Replacements: D McCaffrey for Hynes 41 mins; F Dillon-Kelly for Kearney 56 mins - temp; J Kenny for C McCaffrey 59 mins; J Clarke for Molloy 60 mins; G O'Kelly for Cleere 67 mins.

Clongowes: M Silvester; F Madden, J Lappin, M McDermott, C Murray; J Glynn, R Osborne; N Rinklin, J Molony (capt), C Carroll, T Burke, D O'Mahony, W Connors, D Mongey, S McCrohan. Replacements: J Moore for Burke, E Carroll for C Carroll both 44 mins; T Monaghan for Glynn 54 mins; P Nulty for Mongey 64 mins.

Referee: N Correll, Leinster Branch.

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