Clongowes Made to Work Hard to Reach Senior Cup Final

The favourites were made to work hard to topple their worthy opponents but tries from Evan Lewis and David Quirke ensured the win.

Mary’s were not without their moments with brilliant performances in the back from scrum-half David Fanagan and centre Maurice Walsh.

It was the underdogs who broke the deadlock in the 13th minute with a penalty from out-half Conor Hogan.

A second successful penalty from Hogan gave Mary’s a one point lead after Lewis’ try in the second quarter of the match.

Quirke gave Clongowes the lead again with a hard-earned try in the opening minutes of the second half. However, it wasn’t long before Hogan reduced the definite with a third penalty.

Clongowes were reduced to 14 in the 65th minute leaving the game open to either side. To the winner’s credit they held onto their lead well.

Elements of the all conquering Junior Cup side of a few years ago were seen and full-back Stephen McAuley looks promising to follow in the steps of Clongowes great Rob Kearney.

Clongowes will face St. Michael’s in the final after they beat St. Gerard’s 15 – 6.

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