Castleknock College qualify with commanding victory
February 6, 2020 12:23 pm Site Editor
CBS Wexford 12 St Vincent’s Castleknock College 45
St Vincent’s Castleknock College have defeated Wexford CBS in the First Round of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Junior Cup.
Greystones was the location for this tie in which Castleknock developed a stranglehold on proceedings immediately from the off.
The north Dublin school set the tempo for what was an extremely positive performance from them.
They welcomed the Fr Godfrey Cup qualifiers with a baptism of fire, opening up a 19-0 lead inside just 11 minutes.
The opening try came from centre Sam Wisniewski and was followed by five points for his midfield partner Emmet Brady, both converted by Daniel Ruane.
The No 8 added his own try to that brace of conversions a couple of minutes later as Castleknock commanded around the field.
It was at that point that the Wexford school hit back. Their own No 8 Grant Palmer got them off the mark but it was rare respite from a hungry Castleknock attack.
Wing Daragh Enright quickly cancelled out Palmer’s try by dotting down to push Castleknock 26-5 ahead with Ruane’s conversion successful. Brady picked off a second before the interval and Ruane continued to build on his personal tally.
Captain Conor Boyle kickstarted Castleknock’s second half scoring with Ruane again adding the bonus points from the tee.
Palmer and Ben Elliott swapped tries midway through the half but that was to be it as Castleknock’s powerful opening half an hour saw them through.
CBS Wexford: Andrew Moran; William Murphy, Fionn O’Callaghan, Kaylem Codd, Joshua Rossiter; Páidí Doyle, Robert Reynolds; Jack Cullen, Eoin Walsh, Kent Lam; Conor Dempsey, Luke Cullen; Alex Breen, Ruairi Flannery, Grant Palmer.
Replacements: Daniel Furlong, Pable Garcia, Charlie Murphy, Ryan Crosbie, Dermot Hogan, Eoin Deenen, Conor McGuinness, Eoin Gleeson.
St Vincent’s Castleknock College: Eoin Wallace; Jamie Fewer, Emmet Brady, Sam Wisniewski, Daragh Enright; Ross O’Connor, Luke Donohoe; Billy Dowling, Sean Mahon, John Cadogan; Conan Lennon, Wali Khwaja; Odhran Malone, Conor Boyle (capt), Daniel Ruane.
Replacements: David O’Callaghan, Dean Smith, Patrick McNally, Izac Scallon, Cathal O’Brien, Ben Elliott, Ben Dunne, Jack O’Neill.