Colaiste Iognáid 16 Garbally College 15: Colaiste Iognáid coach Stephen Parkinson praised the exploits of star out-half Morgan Codyre after he kicked ‘the Jes’ to their 13th Connacht Senior Cup title.
It was their first win since 2011, and although they were outscored three tries to one by Garbally College, Codyre’s accuracy with the boot, which yielded 11 points, was the difference between the sides.
His last-minute penalty sealed it, and Garbally were left to rue the late sin- binning of lock Stephen Grenham for a tip-tackle on Adam Corbett.
David Molloy got the only try for the winners which left it 10-10 at half-time after Michael O’Neill had crossed twice for Garbally.
But while Frank Hopkins got a third try for the reigning champions, ‘the Jes’ snatched it at the death.
“They had some big ball-carriers, and they broke through us a few times but I felt we were a bit mobile and that stood to us,” said a delighted Parkinson.
“Morgan showed a lot of nerve at the end. He has been doing that all season.”
Scorers for Colaiste Iognáid:
Try: D Molloy; Conversion: M Codyre; Penalties: M Codyre (3).
Scorers for St Joseph’s Garbally:
Tries: M O’Neill (2), F Hopkins.
D Codyre; C McCabe, R Hunt, J Hill, D Molloy; M Codyre, J Byrne; A Corbett, C Fallon, G Keane; A Mannion, R Gorey; C Parsons, F Durkin, J Gallagher.
C McGuinness for Parsons (63 mins), S Monaghan for Hill (70).
St Joseph’s Garbally:
B Horkan; E Galvin, C O’Brien, J Devine, B McKenna; F Hopkins, C Reilly; J Alova, E Costello, C Coffey; C Harewood, S Grenham; M Abdallah, C Tumelty, M O’Neill.
G Donoghue for Abdallah (half-time), C Smyth for Alova (49 mins), R Khan for Coffey (53), I Muldoon for Tumelty (68).
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