Two late tries by prop Conor Skerritt and left wing Sung Yun Kim enabled Wesley to move on into the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Cup second round at Donnybrook yesterday.

The immediate impression was of a contest between two evenly matched outfits, led by quality out-halfs in Newpark’s Charlie Quirke and Wesley’s Gary Hawe.
 
As always, it would be the supporting cast around them that would make all the difference and Wesley full-back Ian Sheridan turned on the speed to cut through for the opening try. Hawe converted for 7-0 in the 11th minute.
 
They couldn’t build on this and indiscipline at the breakdown slowly allowed Newpark to work their way into it.
 
Quirke opted for an attacking lineout instead of a shot at the goals. It paid off. Centre Dalyan Hanley cut back against the grain and scrum-half Ewan Ramsay fed prop Oliver Flitcroft on the blindside for a bruising surge to the line.  
 
Newpark were starting to come on strong and Quirke was just about foiled by a low, clean tackle by flanker David Moran.   
 
It wasn’t long before tight-head Ben McCarthy was using his bulk to crash over and Quirke’s conversion right on the half-time whistle made it 12-7 to Newpark.

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They opened up the second period with a fine break by centre Hanley from Quirke’s short ball, a charge by flanker David Murphy and another drive over by prop McCarthy for 17-7 in the 34th minute.
 
Wesley right wing Sam O’Connor almost hit back immediately only to be swarmed by a committed defence. They had the compensation of territory.
 
They stayed patient for flanker Dane Laird to snap up a loose lineout and gallop over for Hawe’s conversion to make it 17-14 midway through the half.  
 
There followed a bout of Newpark pressure in which the ever-willing Hanley took the ball up with typical vigour. They found no reward and had to rely on a textbook tackle by centre Matthew Jungmann on full-back Sheridan to preserve their slim advantage.  
 
However, Sheridan’s pace moving right and swift handling going left created the room for prop Conor Skerritt to seal a sweet attack for a 19-17 change of leader in the 54th minute. 
 
Then, Wesley left wing Sung Yun Kim showed his evasion skills for the killer blow in the 58th minute.   
 
Wesley: I Sheridan; S O’Connor, K O’Connor, M McKeown, S Yun Kim; G Hawe, R Henderson; N Young, L Cambursano, C Skerritt, M Lynch, J O’Connor, D Moran (capt), D Laird, S Darley.
 
Replacements: R Whitehead for Moran 46 mins; M Gallagher for Yun Kim 59 mins.
 
Newpark: J Rennicks; O Connolly-Fanning, D Hanley, M Jungmann, H Clarke; C Quirke (capt), E Ramsay; O Flitcroft, C Britz, B McCarthy, R Duffy, L Carvill, L Adams, D Murphy, J Owen.
 
Replacements: A Klug for Flitcroft, K Tamu for Clarke both 52 mins; J Nugent for Carvill 56 mins.
 
Referee: D Stronge, Leinster Branch.