Marist College kicked-off the Top Oil Schools Junior Cup at the Sportsground on Wednesday and they enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening exchanges with scrum half Tom O’Carroll kicking a long range penalty to take the early lead after just three minutes. Garbally’s stout defence was no match for the Marist attacking line and centre Mattie Nally sliced through the defensive line to score the games opening try under the posts. O’Carroll converted to extend their lead to ten nil with ten minutes gone.
Garbally enjoyed a period of dominance after a big hit from fullback Cian Treacy forced a knock-on which was cleared downfield by centre Shane Jennings but winger Nathan Horan was just wide of the posts from the resulting penalty.
Marist’s big #8 Liam Winnett and lock Mark Tallon made some excellent carries in the first half but Garbally put in some solid tackles to bring the big men down and they kept the halftime score ten nil.
Garbally started the second half the brighter of the two teams with incisive breaks from Jennings and winger Nathan Horan but they were unable to convert their dominance into points
Marist had chances of their own with, flanker and captain Mathias O’Neill penalised for a double movement when it looked like the Athlone based school had crossed for their second try of the day. It wasn’t long until the brute strength of prop Cathal O’Grady and tenacity of O’Neill put Marist deep into the Garbally 22 and there was no stopping Winnett as he barrelled over from close range, O’Carroll unable to add the conversion.
Marist’s Mattie Nally scored an excellent try on the right wing after skinning the Garbally defence on the outside to give Marist a 20 point cushion and Winnett added his second try of the match with the virtually last play of the game to leave the final score in the Top Oil Schools Junior Cup final at the Sportsground Marist College 25 – 0 Garbally
Garbally College:
1 Paul Reddy
2 Patrick Grehan
3 Jack Dempsey
4 Odhran Dooley
5 Conor Clark
6 Oisin McCormack
7 Rian Donnellan
8 Matthew Comerford
9 Stephen Mannion
10 Shane Grenham
11 Ronan Parker
12 Saul O’Carroll
13 Shane Jennings
14 Nathan Horan
15 Cian Treacy

16 Jack Noone
17 Fergus Finneran
18 James Carry
19 Sean Horkan
20 Morgan Smyth
21 Ryan Devine
22 Cillian Ryan
23 John Coughlan

Marist College:
1 Cathal O’Grady
2 Darren Browne
3 James Downes
4 Mark Tallon
5 Jack Scouler
6 Fergus Galvin
7 Mathias O’Neill ©
8 Liam Winnett
9 Tom O’Carroll
10 Ciarán Sugrue
11 Conor Larkin
12 Rory Dempsey
13 Mattie Nally
14 Darragh Mulvihill
15 Adam Murtagh

16 Cian Daly
17 Patrick Ryan
18 Robert Lowe
19 Ruairi Campion
20 Leo McFarlane
21 Keith Rushe
22 Nathaniel O’Neill
23 Enrique Cuadrado

Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Schools Cup Final, Sportsground, Galway 16/3/2016 Marist College vs Garbally College Marist's Mathias O’Neill, James Downes, Ciarán Sugrue and Nathaniel O’Neill celebrate after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior Schools Cup Final, Sportsground, Galway 16/3/2016
Marist College vs Garbally College
Marist’s Mathias O’Neill, James Downes, Ciarán Sugrue and Nathaniel O’Neill celebrate after the game
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

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