William McEvoy’s seventh-minute penalty was cancelled out by St Mary’s Darragh Fitzpatrick and ‘Zaga threatened an upset when William McEvoy booted the ball on for his brother Daniel to ground.
Fitzgerald stroked over a penalty and sent Darren Hudson into overdrive with Ray Crotty on hand to register a classic try. Fitzgerald’s conversion made it 13-10 and there were three penalties to follow before his sleight of hand sent Maurice Walsh in near the end.
St Mary’s: M Walsh, R Crotty try each; D Fitzgerald 5 pens, con. Gonzaga: D McEvoy try; W McEvoy pen, con.
D Hudson; I O’Neill, M Walsh, P Finnegan, R Crotty; D Fitzgerald, S O’Donnell; J McGrath, W Andreucetti, R Ferris, O McGill, R Field, R Lennon, B O’Connell, R Bent.
K O’Sullivan for McGill 66 mins; L Curran for Field 68 mins; E McAleese for Finnegan 69 mins.
F Doherty; N Hanratty, W McEvoy, G Greene, D McEvoy; K Tuite, J Cooney; K Larchet, N Rutledge, C Farrell, J Whelan, S Costello, D Ryan, D Boyle, D Kane.
R Kenny for S Costello 38 mins; N Cullen for G Green 54 mins; D Layden for Hanratty 60 mins; C Mounsey for Larchet, G Fitzgerald for Farrell both 66 mins.
E O’Dowd, IRFU.
St Gerard’s 11 Newbridge College 10.