Garbally notched up the first score of the Top Oil Schools Senior Cup final after just ten minutes. The forwards carried hard and after a number of pick-and-goes from short range, captain Frank Hopkins crashed over in the corner, scrumhalf Colm Reilly narrowly missing the conversion to give the Ballinasloe school a five nil lead. The Jes got stuck straight back into it though and after some barnstorming runs by props Gary Keane and Adam Corbett were rewarded with a penalty which was kicked by outhalf Morgan Codyre. The Jes looked slick in attack, fullback Diarmuid Codyre linking seamlessly with his forwards, flankers Cian Parsons and Fionn Durkin noteable carriers, but Colaiste Iognaid were penalised at a ruck just inside their 10m line though Garbally’s fullback Brian Horkan was unable to convert the longrange attempt.
Quick ruck ball deep inside the Garbally half gave the Jes fullback ample space to attack the Garbally backline and Codyre’s chip through was expertly gathered by winger David Molloy to score despite the attentions of three defenders. Hopkins added the conversion to give Coliáste Iognaid a 10-5 lead after 25minutes. Garbally were held up over the line but came back for a 5yard penalty and the Jes defensive line couldn’t withstand the power of #8 Michael O’Neill who smashed over for his sides second try on the half hour mark leaving the game drawn at tem all at half time.
Both teams upped the ante in the second half with O’Neill breaking the gain line on several occasions for Garbally and Codyre controlling the Jes backline. The outhalf added a penalty to put the Galway side back in front 10 minutes into the second half. The Garbally reaction was swift and brutal, sustained attack in the Jes half lead to a number of penalties and when Hopkins kick to touch brought them within sniffing distance of the line Michael O’Neill was on hand to crash over for his second try of the day. The Jes had an opportunity to go back ahead but Morgan Codyre’s long range attempt fell short of the posts. He had a similar opportunity with 6 minutes left in the match when some solid rucking gave the Jes a foothold in the Garbally 22 but his drop goal attempt drifted just right of the posts. Garbally’s towering lock Stephen Grenham was sin binned with 5 minutes to go for a dangerous tackle but Codyre’s kick fell agonisingly short again. He atoned for the earlier misses with a penalty just inside the Garbally 10m line less than a minute later to put the Jes a point into the lead going into the final 60 seconds. The Jes survived a late onslaught from Garbally and went on to be crowned the 2015/16 Top Oil Schools Senior Cup winners, the final score Garbally 15-16Coláiste Iognaid.

Garbally College:
1 Jeff Alova
2 Eoin Costello
3 Cormac Coffey
4 Conor Harewood
5 Stephan Grenham
6 Mohammad Abdallah
7 Ciaran Tumelty
8 Michael O’Neill
9 Colm Reilly
10 Frank Hopkins ©
11 Billy McKenna
12 Joseph Devine
13 Colm O’Brien
14 Eoin Galvin
15 Brian Horkan

16 Rafeek Khan
17 Conor Smyth
18 Gene Donoghue
19 Iarla Muldoon
20 Nathan Cooley
21 Raymond Ward
22 Jack Kelly

Coláiste Iognaid
1 Adam Corbett
2 Conal Fallon
3 Gary Keane
4 Aaron Mannion
5 Ross Gorey
6 Cian Parsons
7 Fionn Durkin
8 Jake Gallagher
9 Jasper Byrne
10 Morgan Codyre
11 David Molloy
12 James Hill
13 Ryan Hunt
14 Cillian McCabe
15 Diarmuid Codyre

16 Dioraí O’Connor
17 Sean Monaghan
18 Cian Gaegan
19 Luca Bartolomi
20 Michael Higgins
21 Cathal McGuinness
22 Conor Briscoe
23 Jack Grealish

Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup Final, Sportsground, Galway 16/3/2016 Col‡iste Iognaid (Jes) vs Garbally College GarballyÕs Frank Hopkins scores a try despite David Molloy and Morgan Codyre of Jes Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup Final, Sportsground, Galway 16/3/2016
Col‡iste Iognaid (Jes) vs Garbally College
GarballyÕs Frank Hopkins scores a try despite David Molloy and Morgan Codyre of Jes
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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