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Watch: St Fintan's come within inches of famous victory as last-gasp penalty falls short

What a game of schools rugby.

INCHES. THAT’S ALL that separated St Fintan’s High School and a famous victory on their Leinster Schools Senior Cup debut this afternoon.

After one of the most absorbing games of rugby you’re likely to see all year, Frankie O’Dea pointed to the posts and called for the kicking tee with his side trailing eight-time winners Clongowes by just two points.

Watch the drama unfold below:

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The centre struck it sweetly but his attempt held up in the wind and fell agonisingly short as Clongowes held on to safely secure their place in the next round with a 31-29 win.

It was a thrilling finale to an end-to-end game which saw the momentum swing between the sides in-front of a large crowd at Donnybrook. In short, it was schools rugby at its very best.

Afterwards, Clongowes coach Brett Igoe admitted the better team lost.

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While the man behind the rise of St Fintan’s, Robert Forbes, was understandably proud of his team.

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