St. Gerard’s progressed through to the quarter finals of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Senior School’s Cup after defeating St. Fintan’s 23-7 in Donnybrook on Thursday.
The League champions got off to the worst possible start when St. Fintan’s centre Darragh Kelly touched down for a try which was converted by Frank O’Dea in the third minute.
Gerard’s were level 12 minutes later as flanker Ethan Baxter gathered a block down to score a try which was duly converted by Oliver Haydock.
The game changed when Kelly was sinbinned in the 24th minute for the Sutton outfit. Gerard’s took advantage of the extra man eight minutes later when Rory Wilson went over to make it 12-7 in the 32nd minute.
St Fintan’s were put under immense pressure by the trio of Ethan Baxter, David O’Brien (out-half) and Cormac Foley (centre) all game. It was this combination that forced a penalty which was scored by Haydock in the 40th minute to make it 15-7.
When Fintan’s tried to counter from deep, a lack of discipline cost them three more points to Haydock in the 50th minute.
Despite late pressure, Gerard’s managed to create one last try to put the game to bed when right-winger Paddy Opperman went over in the 65th-minute following good work from scrum-half Jack O’Caoimh, replacement Marc Finn and full-back Max O’Reilly.