Sligo’s late rally secures cup glory in Connacht

Sligo Grammar 10 Garbally College 9
Captain Joe Conway was the hero for Sligo Grammar when he got over for a late try in an entertaining Connacht Schools Senior Cup final yesterday.

The Sligo Grammar team celebrate winning with the cup. Picture: INPHO

His school was staring at a seventh Connacht senior cup final defeat in 11 years, as they trailed by 9-3, when they staged a last-gasp rally.

Conway got the touchdown a couple of minutes from the end from a lineout drive after a penalty to the right corner when they trailed by six points.

The try still left Sligo trailing by a point but centre Matthew Cosgrove kept his nerve and slotted the conversion to edge them in front for the first time in the game.

There was still time for Garbally College to mount a final assault but Simon Keller, the hero last week when he scored and converted the equalising try, saw a snapped drop goal under pressure narrowly miss the target.

SLIGO GRAMMAR: R Feehily; TJ Ford, D Byrne, M Cosgrove, P Oloyede; P Kilcoyne, P Brittan; N Walker, J Oloyede, D Smith; A McGuinn, J Sexton; J Conway, D Layden, J Bennett.

Replacements: N Barthel for Brittain (56).

GARBALLY COLLEGE: E McCormack; P Flannery, S Horan, I Duffy, S Tierney; S Keller, D Reilly; D O’Hara, C Noone, C Kenny; S Holland, P Claffey; C Barrett, D Connolly, J Codyre.

Replacements: A Foulger for McCormack (55), A Kennedy for Noone (60), R Glennon for Kenny (67).

Referee: K Collins (CBIRFU).

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Injury forces ex-Munster star Denis Fogarty to retire

Johnny Holland wants to be part of European adventure

Injury nightmare returns to jeopardise Cian Healy’s season

Anthony Foley pleads for patience as Munster tyros settle in


You might also like

Breaking Stories

No one could believe the two penalty misses as Atletico took on Bayern in the Champions League semi final

Lifestyle

The host with the most...Graham Norton has a busy schedule with the Baftas and Eurovision on his cards

Nicci Taylor is looking for life and love on the road

Should couples ask for cash as a wedding present?

Make sure your dream home doesn't become a nightmare

More From The Irish Examiner