Mur­phy seals Pres win

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PRE­SEN­TA­TION COL­LEGE BRAy opened up their Le­in­ster Schools Ju­nior League ac­count with a one-point vic­tory, grind­ing out the re­sult against tough op­po­si­tion on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Pres wel­comed a strong, big and phys­i­cal Cis­ter­cian Col­lege Ro­screa side to their school grounds for their league opener. Pres only have two home games out of five in the league, so they were aware of the im­por­tance of mak­ing their home fix­tures count, look­ing for a big win. The hosts got a dream start as a lovely clean set-piece ball off the li­ne­out gave them a great plat­form to at­tack and their cen­tre ran a lovely line fin­ish­ing in a try by Dy­lan Henry un­der the sticks as he put his team into a rapid lead.

The vis­i­tors have a his­tory of pro­duc­ing big boys full of power and this time was no dif­fer­ent as they had an ad­van­tage in terms of phys­i­cal­ity and speed, with their back­row look­ing very dan­ger­ous with ball in hand. They put the pres­sure on, dom­i­nat­ing the pos­ses­sion in the first half, but credit to Pres they were or­gan­ised in de­fence and didn’t panic un­der pres­sure. Al­though, their op­po­nents got their re­ward on the cusp of half-time lev­el­ling the scores 7-7 from a good try.

Ro­screa looked to have their foot on the throats of the hosts as they got them­selves into a 7-17 lead, com­ing out strong af­ter the break, Al­though, Pres be­gan to start chas­ing the lead and get­ting some good pos­ses­sion, re­duc­ing the lead to seven fol­low­ing a penalty kick, and this was fol­lowed by a well-worked try scored by Barra Lup­ton Smith.

Jack Mur­phy missed a tough con­ver­sion, mean­ing that his team still trailed 15-17, with not much time re­main­ing. The home side showed them spirit for vic­tory, as they kicked them­selves back into at­tack­ing ter­riotory where they got re­warded with a penalty, which was con­verted by Mur­phy as he grasped a nail bit­ing open­ing vic­tory for his school. It fin­ished 18-17.

PRES BRAY: Dar­ragh O’Sul­li­van, Se­nan Ro­gan, Dy­lan Henry, Finn Treacy, Luke Kelly, Jack Mur­phy, Conor Bourke, Jack McDon­ald, Conor Mc­Grath, Sam Bourke, Adam Tighe, Gearoid Mc­Carthy Mur­phy, Cal­lum Tully, Barra Lup­ton Smith, Ross Mackey. Subs: Odhran Meade, Ewan Mur­ray, Sam Fitzsi­mons, James Healy, Cian Eddy, Dan Sey­mour, Adam Dut­ton, Jack Clarke.

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