The Leinster Schools Section ‘A’ team enjoyed a gritty 8-0 victory away to Munster in Midleton RFC on Wednesday afternoon in the first of a two-legged encounter which will conclude next week in Donnybrook…

Both sides dug deep In damp and windy conditions but neither could breach the rigid defences until the last five minutes of normal time when Mount Temple winger Jamie Buckett raced through to score.

The conversion attempt fell wide of the posts, but St. Fintan’s out-half Alex O’Driscoll’s penalty with the last kick of the game gave Leinster a slender 8-0 lead.

Leinster and Munster are contesting the Joe Weafer Trophy, the second leg of which takes place in Donnybrook next Wednesday, October 6th (KO: 2.30pm). The winner will be decided by aggregate score over the two games.

LEINSTER ‘A’ SCHOOLS:

15: Sam Crowe (Newpark Comprehensive), 14: Jamie Buckett (Mount Temple), 13; Fergus Halpin (Newpark Comprehensive) / Fergal Howley (Newpark Comprehensive) 55, 12: Andrew Douglas (Wilson’s Hospital), 11: Alan Moran (St. Patrick’s Classical School Navan) / Andrew Martin (St. Columba’s) 51, 10: Alex O’Driscoll (St. Fintan’s), 9: Alan Gibbons (St. Fintan’s) / Mark Higgins (Wicklow CBS) 51; 1: Aubrey Marshall (Newpark Comprehensive), 2: Jason Byrne (Wicklow CBS) / John Gibbons (Mount Temple) 43, 3: Darren Bawle (Kilkenny CBS) / Kunle Adimbole (Ardscoil na Tríonóide) ht, 4: Michael Dunne (St. Kieran’s Kilkenny), 5: Rafe Garland (Newpark Comprehensive), 6: Jasper Pickersgill (St. Columba’s) CAPTAIN, 7: Stephen Kealon (St. Patrick’s Classical School) / Sean Byrne (St. Paul’s Raheny) 53, 8: Shane Brennan (St. Kieran’s Kilkenny)

REPLACEMENTS NOT USED: Joe Wheatley (Newpark Comprehensive), Ian Kemmell Webb (Good Counsel), Ordhan Duignan (Newpark Comprehensive) 

COACHES: Morgan Lennon, Andrew Adams, Robert Forbes, Neil Keilly

MANAGER: Gavin Maguire