Co-holders Newbridge begin cup journey with victory
September 29, 2021 5:28 pm Site Editor
Newbridge College 71 Presentation College, Bray 0
Newbridge College powered into the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final by putting eleven tries past Pres Bray, four from Todd Lawlor, at Energia Park on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, Pres had to cope with the loss of out-half Ronan O’Boyle due to illness in what was a huge blow to their game plan.
This prompted a complicated set of switches in which scrum half Max Delahunty moved to full-back, Ross Hayde moved from 15-to-10 and Sean McDonald moved from the bench to scrum half.
They certainly didn’t let it derail them early on, moving the ball at speed until Newbridge prop Sam O’Loughlin stalled them with a turnover.
The Kildare school’s first move simply shredded the defence, out-half Patrick Taylor’s flat pass allowing Ciaran Mangan to split the defence, flanker Josh Montgomery picking, driving and reaching for the line, Taylor converting in the fourth minute.
Soon, Montgomery and Patrick Forde were on the loose in the lead up to creating a try for their fellow back-rower Ruairi Munnelly to score in the left corner.
To add injury to insult, Pres lost prop Cathal Ryan. It was just what they didn’t need. It was all about taking it on the chin and hitting back.
Without delay, the ‘Bridge moved back into attack mode, the forwards and backs combining for centre Callum Murphy to plunge for the line.
Once again, they came looking to cause damage, centre Ciaran Mangan flying through a hole to put full-back Lawlor outside the last man back for 22-0 at the water break.
Pres threatened through the aggression of Sean Kenny and Alex Horan, earning a five-metre lineout. They could not hold the ball and had to rely on the quick thinking of Max Delahunty to control a kick ahead by Daniel Connolly.
Replacement Robbie Crocker and centre Dan Seymour made significant ground with James McDonald looking their best weapon.
Munnelly was denied a second try by a foot in touch. No matter, tight-head Billy Bohan snatched one when a Pres lineout malfunctioned close to home, Taylor converting from the standside touchline.
There were some nice touches from Delahunty and McDonald without the follow through to keep Newbridge at bay, full-back Lawlor latching onto a loose ball for his second try, converted by Taylor to end the half.
Lawlor’s hat-trick was complete when the full-back took Dara Cosgrave’s pass around the outside of the defence, Taylor again adding two for 43-0 in the 32nd minute.
A driving tackle by captain James Healy was not enough to stop the bleeding as Dara Cosgrave, with a little help from Mangan, Lawlor and Taylor, posted a try, quickly added to by one from Taylor, the out-half converting both of them.
The best individual effort of the game was saved for Lawlor’s fourth, a mesmerising display of side-stepping for the 10th in total.
The Pres bench proivided the energy and commitment to keep Newbridge in check until James Redmond’s finish at the end.
Scorers – Newbridge College: T Lawlor (4), D Cosgrave, J Redmond, J Montgomery, R Munnelly, C Murphy, B Bohan, P Taylor. Cons: P Taylor (8),
Newbridge College – Todd Lawlor; Dara Cosgrave (Ross Kenny 46), Ciaran Mangan, Callum Murphy (Paddy Martin 46), Ardin Magee; Patrick Taylor, Daniel Connolly (Christian Barry 46); Sam O’Loughlin, John Orr Walsh (Max Wilson 46), Billy Bohan (Sam Browne 46); Jack O’Neill, Conor Hanly (Jack Dennis 46); Josh Montgomery (James Redmond 46), Ruairí Munnelly (Eanná Sherlock 46), Patrick Forde.
Presentation College, Bray – Max Delahunty (Adam McDonald 40); Niall O’Callaghan, James McDonald, Dan Seymour, Kyle Pearse (Finn Kelly 44); Ross Hayde, Sean McDonald (Kieron Gow 44); Cathal Ryan (Robbie Crocker 10), Eoin Kahn, Alkan Dahl (Matthew Brady 34); Sam Smyth (Sam Connolly 40), Alex Horan (Jamie McGoldrick 44); Sean Kenny, Tadhg Treacy (Tristan Doherty 45), James Healy (capt).