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Crowley try helps Cistercian Roscrea into last eight of Leinster Senior Cup

Finbarr Crowley of Cistercian College Roscrea is tackled by Robert Doyle of CBC Monkstown during the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup in 2017

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Rugby – Leinster Schools Senior Cup

Cistercian College Roscrea booked their place in the quarter-final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup with a hard-earned win over CBC Monkstown in Clontarf on Friday afternoon.

Two first-half tries  – one from Emo man Finbarr Crowley – helped last year’s beaten finalists Roscrea to a 12-0 lead at the break.

Although played on a 4G pitch, the incessant rain made it difficult for both sides. Impressive centre Adi Donovan got Roscrea off the mark with a 12th minute try which was converted by Tadhg Bird and Crowley went over for their second  when he pounced on a loose ball.

The South Dublin school battled back bravely in the second half and two penalties from James Reynolds brought them within a converted try. But Roscrea defended soundly to hold on to book a quarter-final place against Gonzaga which will be a repeat of the league final won by Gonzaga in early January.

As well as scrum-half Crowley, Conor  Kelly captained the side from out-half while transition year student Lucas Culliton was an early replacement for Josh Wycherly. Wycherly is a younger brother of Fineen who is lining out for the Ireland U-20 team against Scotland tonight.

Luke Rigney from Portlaoise, David Maher from Stradbally and Liam Crowley from Emo were all among the replacements for Roscrea.

The quarter-final draw sees champions Belvedere College pitted against St Michael’s in the last eight while record holders Blackrock College will play a Terenure side that got better of Kilkenny College on Wednesday. The remaining quarter-final sees Clongowes Wood take on St Mary’s.

The quarter-finals will be played between Sunday, February 12, and Wednesday, February 15.


CISTERCIAN COLLEGE ROSCREA: Tadhg Bird; Ben Hyland, Philip O’Shea, Adi Donavan, Paul Keane (Jay Culleton ’58); Conor Kelly (captain), Finbarr Crowley; Josh Wycherley (Lucas Culleton ’15), Tom Byrne (Jerry Cahir ’51), Michael Milne; Ryan Lomas, Neal Moylett; Cathal Walsh, Robert Enraght-Moony.

Replacements: Jerry Cahir, Luke Rigney, David Maher, Lucas Culleton, James Corcoran, Liam Crowley, Ben Murphy, Jay Culleton.

CBC MONKSTOWN: James Reynolds; Conor Newman, Cameron Watson, Darragh Forster (Harry Shaw ’38), Luke Sweeney; Sean Power, Shane O’Hanrahan; Max Read, Mark Theunissen (Conor Byrne ’58), Callum Kavanagh; Robert Ivers, Eoin Vaughan (Gavin Tinney ’69); Robert Doyle, Zach Sattar, Eoghan Clarke (captain).

Replacements: Kenzi Kouadri, Gavin Tinney, Jonathan Browne, Luke Hallam, Conor Byrne, Harry Shaw, Cian Tallon, Geoffrey Mahon.

REFEREE: Helen O’Reilly (Leinster Rugby)