KICK 350Garbally College got their new rugby year off to a great start. Both their Senior and Junior cup sides had comprehensive wins in the opening round of their respective cups.

Senior Cup 
Garbally College 24-8 Colaiste Iognaid

Despite going behind to an early penalty Garbally steadied the ship to lead 9-3 at halftime with three well struck penalties from outhalf Simon Keller. Garbally’s bigger pack and in particular Connacht representative tight head Conor Kenny dominated the collisions in the first half. Following some good forward momentum from a rumbling Garbally pack Jack Codyre crossed for a try from close range which was converted by Keller to ease Garbally into a 17-3 lead. After regaining the kick off the Jes coughed up possession which led to a sweeping move for the decisive Garbally try. A clever chip kick from Simon Keller was collected brilliantly by centre Ian Duffy who in turn fed captain Sean Horan whose timing of the pass released Cian Dooley who out sprinted the covering Jes defenders to score in the corner from  40m. After missing the conversion, Keller soon made amends with a well struck penalty to leave to score 24-3 to the home side. This seemed to spur the visiting side into action and after some relentless pressure, they were rewarded with a try when their back row broke through the Garbally centres. With time almost up the conversion was missed and Garbally saw out the remaining minutes for a well deserved victory. Final score Garbally 24:8 Colaiste Iognaid

Garbally: S Tierney, C Dooley(G Donoghue), S Horan (C)(R Glennon), I Duffy, S Keller, D Reilly, P Flannery, J Codyre, D Connolly, C Barrett, S Holland, P Claffey, C Kenny(A Curley), N Higgins, D O’Hara. Reps: O Lyons, A Foulger, A Kennedy, S Parker, D Ryan, L Murray

Junior Cup
Garbally College 34-7 Marist College

IMG 9471 350Garbally college’s junior cup side got their campaign off to the best possible start with a bonus point victory over their local rivals Marist College. After a bright opening by both sides Garbally were first to score when Horkan crossed for the first of his three tries after an impressive break from captain Micheal o’Neill, the conversion was missed to leave the score 5-0. Garbally furthered there advantage when centre Brian Horkan crossed the try line for the second time after a good break down the wing. Horkan converted the try this time to leave the score 12-0 at the break. Garbally refused to rest on their laurels and after further pressure from their dominant pack, back row Jeff Alova crossed for a deserved try. Marist found a way back into the game with a well taken converted try by centre Cory Reid.  Despite the setback  Horkan increased Garbally’s lead with a long range penalty to leave the score at 20:7. Marist burst into life and after some relentless pressure they were unlucky to be held up over the line by some brave Garbally defenders. Their bravery was rewarded when impressive winger Nathan Cooley scored with a breakaway try against the run of play. A further try from Man of the match Horkan put the gloss on a deserved  victory and left him on an impressive haul of 24 points. Final score 34-7.  

Garbally: C Tumulty, S McGuinness(D Potter) E Galvin, B Horkan, C O’Brien, B McKenna(C Reilly), N Cooley, M O’Neill(c), G Carrick, J Alova(D McDonagh), K Hendricks, M Burnell, Conor Smyth(C Feeney), R Ward(I Muldoon), K Manning. Rep: A McGreal, B Sinclair, C Kelly, A Connaughton.

U14  League
Garbally College 50-0 St Enda’s

Congratulations to the 1st year rugby team who had a comprehensive victory over St Endas which extends their unbeaten run in the league. In a game played in difficult conditions tries from Nathan Horan(3), Conor Clarke, Saul O’Carroll and further tries from Brian Burnell and Ronan Parker ensured a comfortable victory.

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