Skerries make the most of their chances to overcome CUS

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


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.