St Gerard’s reached the semi-finals of the Leinster Senior Cup after beating King’s Hospital at Donnybrook yesterday.
The Bray side were led by their Irish U-18 Schools out-half and captain Steve Crosbie, whose drop goal and penalty in the last 10 minutes proved the difference between the sides. King’s Hospital will look back on three first-half decisions by referee Brian MacNeice, who on each occasion deemed that they had been held up over the line.
Despite King’s Hospital’s superiority in the opening half, the sides went in level at 10-10 at the interval. Crosbie and Jack Hinde exchanged penalties before Gerard’s struck with an 18th-minute try. Although the scrum went backwards, they got the ball to hands and Crosbie’s break created an overlap for Jett Desmond to send Simon Smith in at the corner.
Crosbie added the extras, but King’s Hospital went back up the pitch and Hinde looked to have scored, only to be denied by ref MacNeice. They did score a try when Luke Satchwell went over a few minutes later. Hinde converted, before centre David Potterton crossed the line twice, but MacNeice ruled on both occasions that he hadn’t touched down.
Crosbie put his side back into the lead within three minutes of the restart but King’s Hospital soon struck back, mauling from a line-out take for Satchwell to touch down again, Hinde succeeded from the conversion . They looked in full control, but couldn’t make their dominance count on the board and St Gerard’s battled on. Crosbie pulled them within range with a penalty, then landed a pressure drop goal to give them the lead, before sealing victory with a late penalty.
St Gerards – D Simmonds; C Shiel, J Desmond, R Martin, S Smith; S Crosbie (capt), C O’Rourke; S King, O O’Neill (K Carroll 68), D Murray; H Wojnar (R O’Brien 49), J Prendergast; S Hackett-Delaney, D Symes, J Conan.
Kings Hospital – I Fitzpatrick; E Delaney, T Quigley, D Potterton, D Butler (J Dowds 49); D Murphy, A Moore; C Fair-Brennan, D McDonough, E Lawler; C Foley, J Hinde; G Reynolds (B Heather 29), B du Toit, L Satchwell (capt).
Ref – B MacNeice (Leinster)