Moyne Community School junior rugby side stormed to a comprehensive 16-point victory over St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Drogheda on Tuesday of last week to book their place in the Leinster Schools Development Cup Semi-Final. Opting to play with the aid of the strong wind in the first half, the north Longford school quickly started to stamp their authority on the game played in Drogheda. Forwards James McGahern and Cathal McCabe caused havoc all though the contest and Moyne’s opening try arrived inside the 10th minute.
A scrum was awarded to Moyne 10 metres from the St. Joseph’s line. Scrum half Mark Hughes played the ball out to Cathal McCabe and he made a dash to get over the line - evading three heavy tackles on his way to scoring. By the midway stage in the first half Moyne had cruised into a 15-point lead thanks to another try by James McGahern and two well-taken conversions by Mark Hughes and they had built up a commanding 28-0 advantage at the break. On the resumption, St. Joseph’s endeavoured to find a way back into the game and managed to reduce the deficit with a couple of tries but Moyne held out for a comfortable victory. Scorers: James McGahern (2 tries), Paul Donnelly (try), Cathal McCabe (try), Mark Hughes (4 conversions).
MOYNE CS: Danny Ellis, Morgan DeVere Browne, Joseph Reynolds, Paul Donnelly, James Kiernan, James Heslin, John Martin, James McGahern, Mark Hughes, Cathal McCabe, Shane Hamilton, Cormac McCabe, Oisin Sheridan, Aaron McGee, Ryan McGahern. Replacement: Francis Flynn for R. Mc Gahern (injured, 27 mins).