Dundalk Grammar School made history recently by booking their first ever appearance in the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup final after a 7-0 victory over King’s Hospital at St Mary’s Rugby Club in Dublin
An 11 game unbeaten run, which included victories over Scoil Chonglais (15-10) and Templeogue College (27-10), propelled Dundalk Grammar School into the semi-final.
Along with a place in the final, the game also offered the extra incentive of qualification to the prestigious Leinster Schools Junior Cup for the victors.
In a hard fought encounter the Grammar outplayed King’s Hospital with the game’s only try - scored and converted by full-back Flyn Kiernan - sufficient to earn the Dundalk school the victory.
The crucial score came in the fifth minute when the Grammar worked a move off a solid scrum for Kieran to loop around Max McGloin for a confidence-setting try.
They were close to a second try shortly after when Murdock lost the ball with the line at his mercy. From there, the King’s Hospital maul started to churn out yards. But, Dundalk open side Andrew Cox was instrumental in completing turnovers to keep the Dubliners at bay.
The Grammar will now meet Gorey Community School in the final.
The victory ensures that a remarkable season for the Grammar continues at pace.
To date, the school’s junior rugby squad have already won the Leinster Junior Development Cup title and have now qualified for the Duff and Fr Godfrey Cup finals.
By qualifying for the Leinster Junior Cup, the Grammar also get to take on some of the more traditional names in schools rugby but CBC Monkstown had too much for the Dundalk lads in their first round tie at Anglesea Road on February 1, the Dublin school running out 24-0 winners.
DUNDALK GRAMMAR SCHOOL: Flyn Kieran; Thomas Clarke, David Murdock, Max McGloin, Dillon Dunne; Jack Connolly (capt), Gerald Boylan; Tobi Akinseloyin, Zac Coan, Peter Kerley, David Nwambu, Jake Moran, Luke McSharry, Andrew Cox, Daniel Molloy.