Round two of the Connacht Tribune sponsored Schools Senior Cup has been slightly delayed due to the dreadful weather experienced over the last few weeks.  The Connacht Schools committee are confident, however that the remaining games will have been completed by Wednesday January 24 and this will allow the quarter final games to proceed as scheduled on the week of January 29.


The second round results included no major surprises although both Rice College Westport and Gort Community School will feel that their respective games were there for the taking.  Gort in particular were most unfortunate against St. Joseph's Galway.  Playing with the aid of a strong wind Gort were just 5-0 up at half time and it appeared that the Galway city boys would cruise past them in the second half.  The Gort defence was magnificent and not only did they hold out the Bish attack for most of the half, they actually went 10 -0 up with tem minutes remaining thanks to a breakaway try.  The response fro St. Joseph's was impressive and tries from No. 8 Greg Leader and Michael Ridley levelled the game.  It was left to captain Eoin O Mahony to claim the victory by converting with thr last kick of the game.  Clifden Community School await the winners in the quarter final and will prove a much sterner test.


Gallen Community School, Ferbane made the journey to Westport to face Rice College Westport.  This was a most entertaining game played in difficult conditions.  It developed into a clash of the back rows with Conor Higgins excelling for Ferbane and Liam Carpenter on top form for Westport.  Gallen proved to have just enough to progress and earn a quarter final spot against Sligo Grammar School who had a convincing win against Portumna Community School.  Interprovincial prop Jason East and Out half Cathal Sheridan proved the match winners for Sligo.


Joint competition favourites Garbally College and Colaiste Iognaid had easy passages through round against St. Muiredach's and Athenry Vocational School respectively.  They now face each other in the quarter final fixed for the Sportsground on Thursday February 1st.  It will undoubtedly be the crunch fixture of the quarter finals with the winners the raging hot favourites to go all the way in the competition.  Key men for Garbally will be John O Brien and Robert O Beirne in a very experienced side with the majority of last year's cup side available again.  Exciting prospect, Dermot Murphy will be prominent as the Jes attempt to retain the cup.  Another player for the future, Shane Conneely will join Dermot in the back row, while Fergus Myles and Killian Myles will bring valuable interprovincial experience to the side.


Once the remaining round two games are decided we will have a very exciting quarter final cup line up to look forward to.


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