A Ross Hickey try, converted by out-half Brian Cox, proved the difference as Summerhill edged past Garbally in Sligo this afternoon to claim their place in the Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup final.
Two Colm Reilly penalties to one by Cox meant visiting Garbally led 6-3 at the break in very difficult conditions.
In a low-scoring affair, the first try was always going to be crucial and it was Summerhill star centre Hickey who touched down his fifth try in four Senior Cup games with the Cox conversion making it 10-6 to the hosts.
A third Reilly penalty narrowed the gap to a single point but Summerhill held on to claim their place in the Senior Cup final at the Sportsground on March 15.
Summerhill College: Hugh Kisby; Cormac Murray, Kevin Connell, Ross Hickey, Rett Solano; Brian Cox, Brendan Cunningham; Mark Keegan, Vincent Reynolds, Conor McGovern; Caoileann Carty, Gary Golden; Fiachra Doherty, Sean Wynne, Adrian Cummins (C).
Replacements: Ben Smith, Brian Flanagan, Andy Probst, Yusuf Shalabi, Darragh Feeney, Jack Gorevan, Thomas O Hehir, Ruairi Mulligan, Rodrigo Garcia.
Garbally College: Saul O’Carroll; Stephen Mannion, Shane Jennings, Joseph Devine, Nathan Horan; Colm Reilly, Aaron McGreal; Conor Smyth, Mark Burnell, Oisin Leyden; Nathan Cooley, Stephen Grenham; Matthew Comerford, Ciaran Tumulty, Iarla Muldoon.
Replacements: Conor Clarke, Jack Ryan, Barry Codyre, Jack Dempsey, Billy McKenna, Keoma O’Connor, Nathan Williams, Sean McGuinness.
Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Cup Semi-Final Results
Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) 29-7 Sligo Grammar, Hazel Park, Newcastle;
Summerhill College 10-9 Garbally College, Summerhill College;