Garbally College and Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) will face off in the Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Cup final at the Sportsground next Wednesday, March 15 (2pm).
Both semi-finals were played this afternoon with Garbally College recording a convincing 31-5 win over Marist College in Garbally as The Jes edged out CBS Roscommon 17-14 in a thrilling encounter.
A very strong Garbally team, who recorded six bonus-point wins in their six Schools League fixtures, came out on top thanks to a five-try victory over Marist, who fought gamely throughout.
Two-try Tom Fitzpatrick, Oisin McCormack, Padraig Flanagan and Niall Collins touched down for Garbally with Cian Treacy kicking three conversions.
The other tie could have gone either way as a try in the opening minutes for Coláiste Iognáid by Luke Hurson put The Jes 5-0 to the good. The Galway school were 12 points up when Dara Hanrahan crossed with Hanrahan himself converting.
CBS were in no mood to lie down though and lock Jack Tucker crossed in the right corner with Mark Purcell landing a superb touchline conversion against the wind to make it 12-7.
The Roscommon school made the better start to the second half and completed the comeback when centre Richard Walsh latched onto his own kick to cross for the levelling try as Purcell’s second conversion gave CBS Roscommon the lead for the first time.
Now trailing, The Jes scored a superb third try that started with a quick tap-and-go in their own 22 and after a number of phases, MacDara Ó Griofa crossed to make it 17-14.
Purcell had a tough chance to level matters with a late penalty for CBS Roscommon but the young goal-kicker couldn’t repeat his earlier heroics and The Jes progress to next Wednesday’s final at the Sportsground.
Top Oil Schools Junior Cup Semi-Final Results: Garbally College 31-5 Marist College, Garbally; Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) 17-14 CBS Roscommon, Galwegians RFC;