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St Gerard's outclass Roscrea and avenge senior counterparts

St Gerard's took some measure of compensation for their senior counterparts when the juniors eclipsed Roscrea at Templeville Road yesterday.

These two schools have certainly seen a lot of each other this season. And it isn't quite over yet. Roscrea got the better of it in the Senior Cup semi-final and they are due to renew rivalry in the Senior League final, possibly next Wednesday.

"I think it came down to sheer determination. They really came together as a squad, rallying together. They have developed through the season," said Ken Jolly, from St Gerard's.

First, St Gerard's had to withstand a period of Roscrea pressure through their backs, before striking for tries through their wings Niall Byrne and Alex Mooney, both converted by fly-half Tommy Whittle for a 14-0 lead at the interval

The losers did manage to break back into the game when their number eight James Foley powered off the base of a scrum for a try which replacement out-half Tim Foley converted in the 65th minute. That was as close as they got.

St Gerard's: M Prendergast; A Mooney, P McGann, C Callan, N Byrne; T Whittle, P Kelly; H Gallagher, D King, C Doyle, J Ryan, B Fitzpatrick, C Kenny, A Cafferky (capt), J Maguire. Replacements: B Morrisroe for Ryan (28), J Dooley for Doyle (43), C Madigan for King (63).

CISTERCIAN Roscrea: D Lavelle; R Wharton, F Higgins, H O'Connell, T Carroll; C O'Leary, C Quinn; J Duggan, J Sweetnam, J McEvoy, P Gavin, P Ennis, M Kelly (capt), A McDermott, J Foley. Replacements: C Doyle for Ennis (10), T Foley for O'Leary (43); R Tynan for Duggan (44).

Referee: C McGowan, Leinster Branch.