Dundalk Grammar School run in eight tries to cruise into next round of Fr Godfrey Cup
Dundalk Grammar School opened their Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Cup campaign with an impressive 48-0 victory over Mount Temple in Donnybrook Stadium yesterday.
The eight try victory saw them comfortably advance to the next round of a competition which they reached the final of in 2016 only to lose out on a 17-12 scoreline to Gorey Community School.
The opening try arrived after just four minutes when Dylan Keating broke two tackles to cross the line.
Captain Harry O’Neill then added a second five minutes later before Matthew Meegan conjured up a third in the 13th minute.
From the kick-off O’Neill collected the ball and moved it quickly to his backs allowing Timmy Connolly to go over for try number four in the 14th minute with Keating converting to leave it 22-0.
The try of the game then followed in the 18th minute when Joshua O’Hare managed to steal a Mount Temple line-out well inside the Grammar half. A series of ruck phases involving many of the forwards created good field position for the back line to attack and O’Hare managed to connect with the pass from winger Aodhann Fitzpatrick to score in a move which he had started.
O’Neill then added another try under the posts in the 25th minute with Keating converting to leave it 34-0 at the break.
The second half began with Mount Temple threatening Dundalk Grammar inside their five metre line. The defence stood solid with Charlie Murdock, Coleman Finlay and James Stokes making some fine tackles. In frustration Temple allowed the ball to spill forward and Aidan Kane led the Grammar counter attack.
Deshawn Ighodaro carried the ball into his opponent’s 22 and Harry O’Neill was on hand for the offload and touched down in the 38th minute for his third try of the game. Keating them converted to leave it 41-0.
The Grammar began to take their foot off the gas a little at that stage although replacements Sam Dawson, Killian Dunne, Gavin Meally, Divine Ighodaro and Ross Clarke made a good impact off the bench.
There was never any fear of a turnaround and the game was then firmly put to bed in the 51st minute when a break by Aidan Kane, supported by his back line, allowed Timmy Connolly touch down for the school’s final try which Keating converted.
Dundalk Grammar School now meet the winners of Kilkenny College v St Andrew’s, who play today in Donnybrook, in the second round.
Dundalk Grammar: D Ighodaro, J Stokes, M Ajai, D Keating, C Finlay, J O’Hare, J Power, H O’Neill (Captain), T Corcoran, A Kane, W Nicholson, T Connolly, C Murdock, A Fitzpatrick, M Meegan, G Meally, S Dawson, K Dunne, R Clarke, L Andrews-Walsh, A Spaight, T Lawton, H Graham, D Ighodaro.