With Wesley qualifying via the Bank of Ireland Fr Godfrey Cup and St Andrew’s playing at this level in the Junior Cup for the first time in years having claimed a first round spot through the league, this was always going to be a close contest.

And so it proved, with a tight first half ending 5-0 in Wesley’s favour, Peter Costello getting the unconverted try.

Leinster Schools Junior Cup

The Ballinteer school threatened to pull away when Jamie Metchette’s effort was converted by Max Collins to extend their lead to 12-0 in the second half.

Andrew’s had no interest in letting their quarter-final spot slip away that easily, however.

Nathan Murphy crossed for their first score of the game and converted his own five-pointer to narrow the margin with plenty of time remaining for a comeback.

Leinster Schools Junior Cup

Unfortunately for Andrew’s, Wesley rose to the challenge.

A Tadhg O’Neill try, followed by another score from Nathan Columb ended the Andrew’s fight back and sent Wesley into the Junior Cup quarter-finals.

Wesley College 22 St Andrew’s College 7

At Anglesea Road – WESLEY COLLEGE 22 (P Costello, J Metchette, T O’Neill, N Columb try each; M Collins con) ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE 7 (N Murphy try, con)