The King’s Hospital 39 Gorey Community School 36

King’s Hospital just about did enough to see off Gorey in the Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup first round at Energia Park on Tuesday.

It must be said that defence was secondary to attack in this 12-try shootout.

The north Wexford school was led admirably by Leinster Clubs’ Mark Boyle, the younger brother to Connacht’s Paul, the captain grabbing a brace to go beside a double from centre Sean Wafer.

It was King’s Hospital’s wider array of threats that eventually won the day as outside centre Mateas Gianetti struck for two of their seven tries.

The match winner arrived from number eight Steven Walsh in the last quarter to give Hos’ the two-score buffer they needed to make Gorey’s fifth from Boyle nothing more than a consolation in the last minute.

The Palmerstown school move on to meet Newpark Comprehensive in the second round of the Vinnie Murray Cup.

King’s Hospital: Adam Bagnall; Moyo Mobolaji, Mateas Gianetti, Craig Adams, Eoin Francis; Mathew Mahood, Josh Morgan; William Hendey (capt), Oscar Blood, Luke O’Neill (Magnus Weilandt 56′), Luke Corr, Royale Ohoka, Jack Ormsby (Angus Wenmann 56′), Hugh Perry, Steven Walsh.

Gorey: Mark Kehoe; Flynn Donnelly, Brian O’Leary, Sean Wafer, Gonzalo Toscano; Cathal Stokes, George Slattery (Donough McGivern 61′); Jack Ryan, Ryan Gibney (Oran Fitzpatrick 53′), Steven Doran (Martin O’Loughlin 45′), Owen Austin, Cian Kenny, Joe Butler, Cormac Walshe, Mark Boyle (capt).

Scorers:
King’s Hospital – M Gianetti 2 tries; J Morgan try, con; L Corr, C Adams, J Ormsby, S Walsh try each; M Mahood con; Gorey CS – M Boyle, S Wafer 2 tries each; R Gibney try; C Stokes pen, 4 cons.