St. Mary’s seal Newstalk Metropolitan Cup…
April 21, 2011 12:00 am Richard Blake
St. Mary’s College lifted the Newstalk Metropolitan Cup win they defeated UCD 29-6 in Wednesday night’s final in Donnybrook…
St Mary’s had the Belfield outfit on the back foot through an Ian O’Neill penalty after two minutes and the Templeogue men nudged further ahead when a rolling maul found captain Michael Donnellan who crash over at the bottom of the pile, with O’Neill missing the conversion.
Simon Gillespie opened the College account with a penalty but St Mary’s were dominant up front and broke through for a second try on the hour mark through flanker Gareth Austin.
Austin touched down after a series of close-in crashes and O’Neill converted to put 12 points between the sides.
Gillespie struck a further penalty from the tee for College, but it was to prove academic as Mary’s immediately regained the ascendancy.
Following a spell of pressure with four minutes remaining second-row Robert Fields barrelled over and O’Neill added the extras with the conversion.
Deep into stoppage time, full-back Paul Gillespie touched down to add another try to seal the coveted title for Mary’s.
ST MARY’S COLLEGE: P Gillespie; C Hogan (M Holihan 50), C Morrin, R Hudson, I O’Neill; P Brophy, C Quinn (P Barrett 40+ 5); K Carroll, D Kilbride, N Murphy (C Donahue 57); R Fields, G Logan (C Lillie 15); S Bradshaw, G Austin, M Donnellan.
UCD: S Gillespie; Doherty (J Conroy 44), E Conran, R Allwright, R Ensor; J Murray, M Jennings; K Moloney, A Pollard, L Hyland (S Conway 28); M Cawley, S O’Dwyer; K McKenna, T Gleeson, L Hickey
REFEREE: Ken Henley Willis (Leinster Rugby Referees)