Molony hat-trick as Blackrock run riot
Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup semi-final
Blackrock College 40
Newbridge College 7
Blackrock College overcame a shaky start at Donnybrook yesterday to comfortably booked a spot in the forthcoming Leinster Schools’ Junior Cup final.
Conceding a third-minute try to Newbridge College centre Lucas Berti Newman, ‘Rock responded through Ethan Laing. The dynamic winger crossed for a second time to give the champions a 12-7 interval advantage.
While Newbridge battled hard, the second half belonged to the south Dubliners. Following touchdowns in the 40th and 43rd minutes, flanker Liam Molony completed his hat-trick in the final quarter. His back-row partner Jamie McLoughlin subsequently bagged a sixth try for ‘Rock. They will face the winners of today’s last-four encounter between St Michael’s College and Gonzaga College.
Scorers for Blackrock College: L Molony 3 tries, E Laing 2 tries, J McLoughlin, Z Quirke 4 cons, H Cooney con.
Scorers for Newbridge College: L Berti Newman try, M Young con.
BLACKROCK COLLEGE: C Ryan; C Leahy, H Cooney, F Mei, E Laing; Z Quirke, W Fitzgerald; C O’Brien, G Barron, P McCarthy; S Green, T Brigg; J McLoughlin, L Molony, G McCarthy.
Replacements: P Foley, E Gulliver, C O’Brien, N Kelly, M Brophy, P Van Zuydam, D Molloy, J O’Sullivan.
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, M Barry, T Bohan, J Collins, P Gaire.
Referee: Cillian Hogan (LRR).