Skerries make the most of their chances to overcome CUS

Robert McKey makes critical intervention to turn Vinny Murray Cup tie in their favour

Skerries’ Robert McKey and his team-mates celbrate  at the final whistle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Skerries’ Robert McKey and his team-mates celbrate at the final whistle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

SKERRIES CC 19 CUS 13

The refusal of Robert McKey to give up on a hopeless cause was the key to Skerries overcoming CUS to make the final four in the Vinnie Murray Senior Cup at Donnybrook yesterday.

This game was tied at 8-all, mainly because CUS could not take their gilt-edged chances, when Skerries Dean Lacey launched a long ball forward in the 46th minute.

Wing McKey ate up the ground to make the most of a fumble and hammer in a tackle that shook the ball loose for centre Ruairi Woods to pounce.

Two quick penalties from scrum-half Michael Woods made it an 11-point game and gave Skerries the buffer they needed to hold on, despite a try by lock Luke O’Higgins.

SKERRIES: H Lennox; R McKey, R Woods, L Jones, D Dowling; D Lacey, M Woods; B Guildea, C Marrey, M McElroy, J Mulvany, E Attley, J Deering, T Carroll, G Harrington. Replacements: C Hogan for Guildea 24 mins; R Murphy for Deering 54 mins.

CUS: N King; D Collum, C Byrne, J Cox, C Barton; D O’Leary, A McDonnell; H Bodkin, B Sheil, S Butler, L O’Higgins, B Perryman, J Macguire , A Fleming, S Power (capt). Replacements: I Banahan for Bodkin 38 mins; M Dent for Barton, J Shiel for Maguire both 57 mins; B Minihane for McDonnell 65 mins.

Referee: J Fitzgerald, Leinster Branch.

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