St. Jarlath’s Tuam enjoyed one of their best rugby playing days at The Sportsground by claiming the Top Oil Junior Development Schools Cup.
 
The win came just a few hours after the school also won the Senior Emerging Cup, capping off a unique double for the school which is historically known for its gaelic games prowess.
 

The sides exchanged three times in a frantic opening 20 minutes. Jarlath’s took the lead after just 4 minutes after a converted try from Carl Ward before Athenry responded through Luke White Martyn 10 minutes later with Kelvin Langan adding the extras. Barely 3 minutes had passed before Ross Fahy restored Jarlath’s lead to bring it to 14-7. Kelvin Langan then kicked his first penalty of the day to make 14-10 to Jarlath’s at the break.
 
The Tuam side regain their 7 point lead with a penalty, and the win was effectively secured when Ross Fahy crossed over for his second try with 5 minutes to go. Luke Whyte Martin then crossed over for his 2nd for Athenry, but the score came past the 60 minute mark with referee Joe O’Donnell blowing his full-time whistle straight after.
 

St. Raphael’s College 5-10 St. Jarlath’s College
 
St. Jarlath’s produced a brilliant defensive effort to withstand a St. Raphael’s onslaught and claim the Top Oil Connacht Schools Senior Emerging Cup.
 
In brisk but bright conditions at The Sportsground, the Tuam school were able to hold out an Athenry side who dominated territory and possession for much of the second half, with the game in the balance up to the final whistle.
 

It was Raphael’s who got the opening score of the game – Ewan Walsh crossing over in the Main Stand corner after 21 minutes. However Jarlath’s responded with a try from Daithi Gleeson which was converted by Luke Cronin, giving them a 2 point lead at the break.
 
A further Luke Cronin kick early in the 2nd half stretched the lead to 5, but from then on it was a case of the defence seeing the game out as Raphael’s couldn’t find a way through.
 

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