CBS Roscommon 31-14 St Gerald’s Castlebar
CBS got their 2016 cup campaign back on track with a comprehensive 31 -14 win over St Gerald’s in Creggs this afternoon. With two teams to qualify from the pool stages it was vital that the local school were to come out on top of this encounter after last week’s narrow defeat to Summerhill College.
CBS back to full strength looked the stronger team in the opening encounters and were rewarded after just 5 minutes when prop Melvin Conteh got over from close range, Michael Farrell added a difficult conversion for a 7 nil lead. St Gerald’s were trying to use their strong pack to get back into the game but the next score on 12 minutes saw CBS full back Shane Purcell out pace his opposite number to score in the corner. This would be the last score of the first half with the side going in 12-0 in favour of CBS.
Conditions worsened into the second half and Castlebar’s strong centres Darragh King and Sean Tonra were getting over the gain line and looking very dangerous but somewhat against the run of play the excellent Conor Shanagher made the decisive break to score try number three with Farrell again adding the extras. CBS went looking for the vital bonus point try which had so far alluded all teams in their group and it did come when Captain Michael Farrell cut inside St Geralds scrum half Barry Walsh and then accelerated clear for an individual score of the highest standard. Bonus point secured, a fifth try followed in the 53rd minute, a second for Purcell leaving CBS 31 nil in front.
Two late consolation tries for St Gerald’s with a CBS player in the sin bin was a reward for the Mayo school’s efforts, never giving up in very difficult conditions.
CBS next game will be away in Galway against Colaiste Iognaid with their fate firmly back in their own hands, the final group match will see Sligo Grammar visit Creggs at the end of February.
CBS : Rian Biesty, Dan Butt, Daire Byrne ,Edward Clinton, Ian Conlon, Melvin Conteh, Eoghan Coyle, Patrick Fannon, Michael Farrell ,Eran Farrell, Michael Feeley, James Fetherstone, Jack Harkins, Jason Hoare, Ben McGahan, James McNally, John Murray, Ryan Murray, Shane Purcell, Sean Rayner, Conor Shanagher, Dylan Ward.