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5 great tries to whet your appetite ahead of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup final

Sunday’s decider is a rematch of last year’s final between Roscrea and Belvedere.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS ROSCREA must once again overcome Belvedere to retain the Leinster Schools Senior Cup on Sunday.

There have been plenty of thrills along the way, and below are some of this year’s best tries to feast your eyes on ahead of the eagerly anticipated final.

Sam Dardis (TERENURE COLLEGE v St Mary’s College)

This Sam Dardis try is one of the more unusual tries you will see in any competition this season.

His attempted pass fortuitously bounced back to him after hitting the head of a St Mary’s player, but his quick reactions and sublime finish thereafter show that sometimes you make your own luck.

Source: Ian Cameron/YouTube

Barry Fitzpatrick (ST MICHAEL’S COLLEGE v Terenure College)

St Michael’s second try against Terenure in the quarter-final was a combination of quick thinking and ruthless finishing.

Huge credit must go to Harry Byrne, after his superb pass through his legs helped continue the momentum of the counter-attack. Barry Fitzpatrick finished off the move after a clever one-two with Christopher Carey.

Source: Setanta Sports/YouTube

Peter Maher (BELVEDERE COLLEGE v Blackrock College)

In an exhilarating quarter-final replay, this Peter Maher try sums up the adventurous, attacking intent shown by both sides on the day.

Belvo were trailing by eight points with a man in the bin, when an excellent cross-field pass allowed Maher to narrow the deficit and put the Great Denmark Street school back in the game.


Michael Milne (CISTERCIAN COLLEGE ROSCREA v Clongowes Wood College)

A stunning breakaway from Roscrea’s Eoghan Maher helped provide Roscrea with the lifeline they needed in the semi-final against Clongowes.

Although the initial counter-attack was halted, the defending champions showed plenty of guts and guile to cross the line.

Source: Setanta Sports/YouTube

James McKeown (BELVEDERE COLLEGE v St Michael’s College)

James McKeown scored the first of his hat-trick of tries in this year’s semi-final after cutting through the Michael’s defence.

A dummy run by Paraic Cagney created the space for McKeown to break free before exchanging passes with Hugh O’Sullivan to set Belvo up for the win.

Source: Setanta Sports/YouTube

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