Roscrea set up last-eight meeting with Gonzaga

Cistercian College, Roscrea will face Gonzaga College in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup, following their narrow victories over CBC Monkstown and Castleknock College yesterday.

Roscrea set up last-eight meeting with Gonzaga

Roscrea started their game with Monkstown at Castle Avenue with six players that featured in last year’s final defeat to Belvedere College, and they took a deserved lead in the 24th-minute.

Impressive centre Adi Donavan raced over after spotting a gap inside the Monkstown ’22’, and this score was followed by a Tadhg Bird conversion. A second try from Finbarr Crowley followed, ensuring Roscrea held a 12-0 cushion at the midway point.

Pieter Swanepoel’s charges looked primed for victory, but Monkstown got their account up and running with a close-range Reynolds place-kick three minutes after the restart.

Roscrea continued to pose an attacking threat as the half wore on, but thanks to another routine three-pointer by the reliable Reynolds, Monkstown cut the deficit to six with 12 minutes remaining.

However, with tighthead prop Michael Milne in outstanding form, Roscrea claimed a hard-earned 12-6 triumph.

They will now face Gonzaga in the last-eight after the Ranelagh school secured a 14-10 win over Castleknock at a rain-soaked Donnybrook.

Eight-time winners Castleknock had opened the scoring with a ninth-minute Cian Egenton penalty, but after Gonzaga gained a foothold from the restart, Sean Galvin crossed over via an excellent James Kenny offload.

Gonzaga enhanced their advantage when Galvin was once again on hand to finish off a fine move, and thanks to Michael O’Kennedy’s second successful conversion, they established a 14-3 interval cushion.

Gonzaga now looked odds-on to progress, but Castleknock eventually reduced the gap at the rain-soaked south Dublin venue.

With Gonzaga’s Ian O’Grady in the sin-bin, Castleknock made their temporary numerical advantage count — as Darragh McNally touched down underneath the posts. A routine Donncha Ryan conversion meant only four points separated the sides, but in spite of their best efforts, Gonzaga ultimately prevailed.

Elsewhere in the quarter-final draw, defending champions Belvedere College were paired with St Michael’s College, while Blackrock College and Clongowes Wood College will play Terenure College and St Mary’s College respectively.


T Bird; B Hyland, P O’Shea, A Donavan, P Keane; C Kelly (captain), F Crowley; J Wycherley, T Byrne, M Milne; R Lomas, N Moylett; C Walsh, R En-Moony.


J Cahir, L Rigney, D Maher, L Culleton, J Corcoran, L Crowley, B Murphy, J Culleton.


J Reynolds; C Newman, C Watson, D Forster, L Sweeney; S Power, S O’Hanrahan; M Read, M Theunissen, C Kavanagh; R Ivers, E Vaughan; R Doyle, Z Sattar, E Clarke (captain).


K Kouadri, G Tinney, J Browne, L Hallam, C Byrne, H Shaw, C Tallon, G Mahon.

Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup quarter-finals:

Belvedere College v St Michael’s College; Blackrock College v Terenure College; Cistercian College Roscrea v Gonzaga College; Clongowes Wood College v St Mary’s College.

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CourtsRugbyRoscreagonzagaPlace: Castle AvenuePlace: south DublinPerson: RoscreaPerson: Adi DonavanPerson: Tadhg BirdPerson: Finbarr CrowleyPerson: Pieter SwanepoelPerson: ReynoldsPerson: Michael MilnePerson: CastleknockPerson: DonnybrookPerson: Cian EgentonPerson: Sean GalvinPerson: James KennyPerson: GalvinPerson: Michael O’KennedyPerson: Ian O’GradyPerson: Darragh McNallyPerson: Donncha RyanPerson: T BirdPerson: B HylandPerson: P O’SheaPerson: A DonavanPerson: P KeanePerson: C KellyPerson: F CrowleyPerson: J WycherleyPerson: T ByrnePerson: M MilnePerson: R LomasPerson: N MoylettPerson: C WalshPerson: R En-MoonyPerson: J CahirPerson: L RigneyPerson: D MaherPerson: L CulletonPerson: J CorcoranPerson: L CrowleyPerson: B MurphyPerson: J CulletonPerson: J ReynoldsPerson: C NewmanPerson: C WatsonPerson: D ForsterPerson: L SweeneyPerson: S PowerPerson: S O’HanrahanPerson: M ReadPerson: M TheunissenPerson: C KavanaghPerson: R IversPerson: E VaughanPerson: R DoylePerson: Z SattarPerson: E ClarkePerson: K KouadriPerson: G TinneyPerson: J BrownePerson: L HallamPerson: C ByrnePerson: H ShawPerson: C TallonPerson: G MahonEvent: CupEvent: Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup quarterOrganisation: Gonzaga Cistercian CollegeOrganisation: Gonzaga CollegeOrganisation: CBC MonkstownOrganisation: Castleknock CollegeOrganisation: RoscreaOrganisation: MonkstownOrganisation: Belvedere CollegeOrganisation: GonzagaOrganisation: St Michael’s CollegeOrganisation: Blackrock CollegeOrganisation: Clongowes Wood CollegeOrganisation: Terenure CollegeOrganisation: St Mary’s CollegeOrganisation: CBCOrganisation: Cistercian College

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