Flawless Belvedere College lay marker as Newbridge overrun

Belvedere College 34 Newbridge College 0: Last year’s finalists Belvedere College delivered a near-perfect performance at Donnybrook yesterday afternoon, as they recorded a comprehensive victory over Newbridge College in the Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup first round.

Flawless Belvedere College lay marker as Newbridge overrun

Several of last year’s Belvo squad have returned and they eventually broke down a stubborn Newbridge rearguard with a 13th-minute try from hooker Cian Galvin.

Centre Conor Jennings added two points from the subsequent conversion, and he enhanced the north Dublin school’s superiority with a five-pointer just two minutes later.

Newbridge did occasionally pose a threat inside the Belvo ‘22’, but after the concession of further five-pointers to loosehead prop Daniel McCaffrey and right-wing James McKeown, they were facing a 26-0 interval deficit.

Jennings reinforced Belvo’s superiority with a successful penalty four minutes into the second period, before the outstanding McCaffrey claimed his second try on 45 minutes.

A sustained spell of pressure almost produced a Newbridge score towards the end of the third quarter, but an impressive defensive shut-out emphasised how difficult it will be to overcome Belvo in this year’s competition.

Scorers for Belvedere College:

D McCaffrey 2 tries, C Galvin, J McKeown try each, C Jennings try, pen, 3 cons.

BELVEDERE COLLEGE:

H O’Sullivan; J McKeown, C Jennings, H Sexton, P Maher; D Hawkshaw, P Cagney; D McCaffrey, C Galvin, C Wynne-Walsh; H Fenlon, B Egan; S McNulty, M Kearney, T De Jongh.

Replacements:

S Osborne, C Molloy, J Iredale, J Kenny, J Robinson, B Gibbons, N Minogue, F Smith.

NEWBRIDGE COLLEGE:

G Burke; J Deane, D Murphy, C Doolan, C Stapleton; T Murphy, C Doyle; J Duggan, R Wynne, D Breen; M Joyce, M Dillon; D Walker, T O’Neill, P Ryan.

Replacements:

B Howlett, R Cleary, M Ryan, C Prendergast, P O’Brien, R Hyland, T Berney, N Stapleton.

Referee:

J Fitzgerald (LRR).

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