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The Jes and Codyre steal spotlight as Marist fall short in Connacht semi-final

Galway’s Colaiste Iognaid held the Athlone school scoreless to advance to their first final since winning the Senior Cup in 2011.

Colaiste Iognaid 6

Marist College 0

COLAISTE IOGNAID FRUSTRATED the Connacht academy-bound Luke Carty and Marist in today’s Connacht Schools Senior Cup semi-final.

Neither side could thread the crucial final pass in a scoreless first half. And when opportunities did come, conditions appeared to conspire against ‘The Jes’ as Marist were pinged for not releasing in the eighth minute. However, the ball fell off the tee, and out-half Morgan Codyre was forced into a hasty drop-goal attempt.

With Connacht out-half Jack Carty watching on, his younger brother Luke dropped a long-range penalty just short four minutes into the second half. Jes made the Athlone school pay.

After Marist were penalised for not rolling away from a ruck, Codyre slotted the opening score of the game. And despite some tremendous link play between Ireland U18 internationals Carty and Corey Reid in midfield, Marist couldn’t find a maximum score to see them through to their first Connacht final since 2013.

Once star centre Reid was sin-binned for a late offside, Codyre secured a six-point win and a first final for the Galway school since their 2011 win over Sligo Grammar.

Colaiste Iognaid scorers

Penalties: M Codyre (2).

Colaiste Iognaid: Diarmuid Codyre; Cilian McCabe (Conor Briscoe ’56), Ryan Hunt, James Hill, David Molloy (Michael Higgins ’65); Morgan Codyre, Jasper Byrne; Adam Corbett, Conal Fallon, Gary Keane; Ross Gorey, Aaron Mannion; Cian Parson, Fionn Durkin, Jake Gallagher.

Marist College: Jamie O’Keefe; Fabian Cooke, Corey Reid, Luke Carty, Kristian Jocher; Michael Hanley, Patrick Browne; James Kelly, Tadhg Prendergast, Daniel McGlynn; Jimmy Curley, Jamie Milling; Robert Teape (Jamie Donoghue ’45), Kieran Rigney, Brian Collins.

Referee: Jason Cairns.

Source: The42 Six Nations Show/SoundCloud

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