King’s Hospital advance to Fr Godfrey last four
January 20, 2016 12:00 am client
It was the ability of King’s Hospital to take the gilt-edged chances that came their way that undid Wesley in a keenly contest Bank of Ireland Fr Godfrey Junior Cup quarter-final at Seapoint RFC on Tuesday.
These two met earlier on in the season when KH put a big score on the board. It wasn’t like that this time.
Wesley took a score-to-settle mentality into this one and tore into the forward exchanges, led by their captain Jamie Kavanagh.
All of their energy had to be rewarded with points. It wasn’t.
They key was the effectiveness at the breakdown where captain William Hendy and Tim Perry were scourges on Wesley’s pursuit of continuity.
Worse again, KH full-back Luke Gilmartin managed to get to the line for his out-half Matthew Farrell to convert in the sixth minute.
This went a long way towards easing the tension even though Wes’ continued to drive it up strongly.
The failure of Hos’ to add to their advantage and of Wesley to reduce it meant both schools emerged with a next-score attitude.
The latter turned up the heat to apply serious pressure as number eight Sam Illo, flankers Jake Brownell and Ross Chandler did what they could.
They just couldn’t find the finishing touch and, as often happens, KH broke upfield for their openside Tim Perry to claim a vital try and a two-score lead in the 39th minute.
Out-half Farrell calmly added a penalty in the 47th minute to guarantee safe passage through to the last four.
At Stradbrook – The King’s Hospital 15 (L Gilmartin, T Perry try each; M Farrell pen, con); Wesley College 0.
THE KING’S HOSPITAL 15 WESLEY COLLEGE 0
KH: Luke Gilmartin; Adam Bagnall, Moyo Mobalaji, Craig Adams, Tom Raben; Matthew Farrell, Josh Morgan; Fred Davis, Tom Moloney, Luke Henry, Luke Corr, Yuri Sinev, William Hendy (capt), Tim Perry, Stephen Walshe.
Replacements Used: Matt Mahood.
Wesley: Zach McMullan; Jonathan Flynn, Henry O’Hagan, Leon Sutton, Jamie Metchette; Harry Fanning, Jamie Vard; Simon Jennings, Jamie Kavanagh (capt), Peter Costello, Niall Brady, Euan McKay, Jake Brownell, Ross Chandler, Sam Illo.
Replacements Used: Idaneshi Momoh, Matthew McCabe, Conor Bailey, Adam Campion, Scott Doyle, Danny Kim.