St. Ger­ard’s edged out

Bray People - - SPORT - David Mur­ray

FOR THE third time in this year’s Le­in­ster Schools Se­nior Cup, David was ready­ing his sling­shot. As St. Ger­ard’s School took on St. Michael’s Col­lege in Don­ny­brook for a place in the Le­in­ster Schools Se­nior Cup fi­nal.

The open­ing min­utes were re­ally a bat­tle of wits more than any­thing; both full backs ex­changed points be­fore any­thing ma­te­ri­al­ized. Out­half Steven Cros­bie mis­han­dled a pass from his half back part­ner O’Rourke and Michael’s now had a per­fect at­tack­ing plat­form within the Ger­ard’s half. Paddy Dix and Luke McGrath ex­e­cuted a set piece move per­fectly and iso­lated wing Jett Des­mond, McGrath fed the ball to wing Mark Cor­bal­lis and the winger showed great agility and ac­cel­er­a­tion to evade Josh Glynn’s tackle and touch­down in the cor­ner. First blood to St. Michael’s.

The younger Cros­bie saw a small hole and showed del­i­cate hand to off­load to brother Jody and af­ter the ini­tial break. Strong and well drilled de­fence saw Michael’s turn the ball over but it led to a penalty be­ing con­ceded, to which Glynn duly con­verted.

Michaels’ came back strongly af­ter the penalty and put the Thorn­hill Road School un­der great pres­sure which ul­ti­mately led to an­other mis­take. Af­ter five min­utes of sus­tained at­tack, the St. Ger­ard’s de­fence were stretched and Num­ber 8 Paddy Dix showed soft hands to set up Dave Egan for an­other score.

Shorty af­ter Glynn sweetly slot­ted over a penalty a penalty for St. Ger­ards’s to close the gap to four points at the in­ter­val.

St. Michael’s who took the ini­tia­tive in the sec­ond half with a sub­lime counter at­tack which was started by winger Mark Cor­bal­lis and re­sulted in a try for winger Dave Egan on the other side of the pitch.

The game stayed 15-6 for the rest of the half, as Ger­ard’s held pos­ses­sion with Michael’s happy enough to set up shop and make the tack­les.

(Photo: Maeve Jenk­ins)

Action from the game be­tween St. Ger­ard’s and St. Michael’s.

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