Leinster Schools Junior Cup Quarter-Final: Newbridge College V Clongowes Wood College – The Irish Examiner – February 28 2019

Newman inspires Newbridge comeback

Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final

Newbridge College 14

Clongowes Wood College 12

Daire Walsh


Lucas Berti Newman grab a brace of tries at Donnybrook yesterday to give Newbridge College an outstanding comeback victory over Kildare rivals Clongowes Wood College in the Leinster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final.

The early signs had been ominous for the league champions, who leaked an opening minute score to Clongowes hooker Leo Dowling. Indeed, their Clane counterparts subsequently established a 12-0 cushion courtesy of Inigo Cruise O’Brien’s unconverted effort.

However, Newbridge finally opened their account on the stroke of half-time – Newman rounding off an extended attacking move.

Despite this speed bump, Clongowes looked set to reach the final-four. That was until Newman intercepted Hugh Wilkinson’s 53rd-minute pass to touch down and Mark Young supplied the extras to guide Newbridge over the line.

Scorers for Newbridge College: L Berti Newman 2 tries, M Young 2 cons.

Scorers for Clongowes Wood College: L Dowling, I Cruise O’Brien try each, C McNamee con.

CLONGOWES WOOD COLLEGE: S McNulty; S Noone, E O’Regan, J Kiely, C Kedde; C McNamee, H MacGoey; F Macari, L Dowling, T O’Donnell; J Ruddy, D O’Brien; L Burke, I Cruise O’Brien, H Wilkinson.

Replacements: JJ Rehill, J Wyse, J Mangan, J Dunne, A Kelly, T Hennebry, J McNamee, H Coveney.

NEWBRIDGE COLLEGE: M Young; D Grant, C Corcoran, L Berti Newman, H Farrell; R Dillon, T Brophy; P Stapleton, T Waters, H Rigney; D Downing, C Chanders; R Byrne, S Fitzgibbon, K Kelly.

Replacements: F Mahon, P Fata, C McCormack, R Healy, D McMullan, T Bohan, J Collins, P Gaire.

Referee: B MacNiece (LRR).

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