The Jes reach last four with last minute winner

27 January 2023

The Jes reach last four with last minute winner

Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes) will be in this year’s Connacht Senior Cup semi-finals after a closely fought victory over St Muredach's.

Shay McGovern crossed the line in the last minute of play to score his second try of the game and give the Galway school a 21-22 victory over their Ballina counterparts.

Both sides exchanged the lead in the opening half, with Jack Quinn touching down for an early try for Coláiste Iognáid, which Calum Elwood converted. Billy Ruane responded with an excellent score beneath the posts for Muredachs, which Blair Norton duly converted to bring the sides level.

However, Elwood once again pushed his side in front with a well-taken penalty, before Cian Anderson got over, scoring St Muredach's College's second try. Billy Ruane added the extras to put them into a 14-10 lead at half-time.

The second half was a tighter affair, with the first score coming with just 10 minutes left on the clock. Shay McGovern pushed over for The Jes, with Elwood once again slotting over the extras.

However, St Muredach's College showed excellent spirit, with Jason Duggan scoring what many thought was the winning try. Ruane once again proved reliable from the boot for the conversion.

However, Colaiste Iognaid had plenty of grit themselves, with McGovern once again at the centre of a move to touch down and claw victory from the jaws of defeat in the dying moments.

Elwood wasn’t able to add the extras this time around, but it mattered little as The Jes guaranteed themselves a route into the last four, consigning both Garbally and St Muredach's College to a Senior Cup exit.

In a repeat of last year’s final, they will play Sligo Grammar. The defending champions, Grammar, had a comfortable victory over Marist College in this week’s other game.

Conor Creaven, Ambrose Bamber, and Diarmaid O'Connell all touched down to help guide the reigning champions to a 10-22 win.