Title gaps of either 5 or 8 years will come to an end when Colaiste Iognaid (The Jes) and Sligo Grammar face off in the 2022 Connacht Schools Senior Cup Final on Tuesday 15th March (k/o 4pm).
 
The Jes were last victorious in 2017 when they overcame Summerhill College Sligo, and this is their first appearance in the decider since 2018 when they came up short to Garbally College. With 14 titles to their name, they’ll be hoping to add to the list at the expense of opponents Sligo Grammar.
 
This is back-to-back appearances for the Sligo school, having come up just short against Garbally the last time the final was held in 2020. The last time both these clubs faced off in the final was in 2010, which was won by Sligo Grammar 26-11.
 
This year the three Senior Cup finals will take place on the same day as part of a triple-header. First up on Tuesday is the meeting of Presentation Headford and Sancta Maria College in the ‘C’ final at 12pm, and that’ll be followed by St. Paul’s Oughterard versus Colaiste Einde Salthill in the ‘B’ decider at 2pm.
 
Tickets are on sale at the link below and we wish the best of luck to all six competing schools!
 
Tuesday 15th March – Connacht Schools Cup Finals
1200: Presentation Headford v Sancta Maria College (Senior C Final)
1400: St. Paul’s Oughterard v Colaiste Einde Salthill (Senior B Final)
1600: Sligo Grammar v Colaiste Iognaid (Senior A Final)
 
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Garbally College 22
The Jes 15

 
The Juniors of Garbally College ensured they went one better than the agony of 2018 as they clinched the Top Oil Connacht Schools Junior A Cup with an impressed victory over Coláiste Iognáid (The Jes).
 
It was Marist College that got the better of Garbally in last year’s decider by just 3 points so those involved with the Ballinasloe side again this year were looking to make sure they didn’t fall at the final hurdle again. Despite a gallant effort from The Jes, a 22-15 victory gave Garbally the first of a brilliant double at Junior and Senior level.
 

The opening quarter was mostly played on Garbally’s terms as they dominated territory and possession but were being held back by a strong Jes defence. The pressure eventually told on the 16 minute mark as a converted try gave them a 7-0 lead, but the Jes struck straight back with their first dangerous attack of the game when James Harrison touched down out wide to bring it back to 7-5. However Garbally finished the 1st half strongly with 10 unanswered points from a Daithi Blackweir try and Adam O’Carroll penalty to make it 17-5 at the break.
 
The second half ebbed and flowed before The Jes started to narrow the deficit thanks to a try from Adam Madden and a Charlie Power penalty. Like the Senior Development Cup before it we were down to a one score game entering the closing minutes, but again it was the leading side that secured a late try to seal the deal. Samuel Almeida was the man to touch down in the corner for Garbally and the final whistle blew soon after.
 

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