Not since Cromwell’s time, have the young men of the hinterland been mowed down so mercilessly. First it was Navan…then Ardee…now Tullow. St. Conleth’s SCT is now the nightmare that haunts the dreams of wannabe ruggers from Wicklow to Louth. They may grow ’em big down on the farm, but we now have our own monsters to match them, and the beasts of Clyde Road have a skill set which belies their power. The dirty work, as usual, was done by Dolan, Duffy and Cripwell at the breakdown, enabling Paddy Cahill and Pogie to flaunt their own strength and speed, scoring a brace of tries each. Simon Ghose came storming out of the backfield to touch down for five and Michael McCay stretched those lanky limbs for one of his own. Gav was even able to bring on the bench at halftime and Ozzie Carvill, in particular, made the most of it, with a scintillating run which left the Tullow Tanks spinning their treads in the muck and mire. There were many highlights but the best moment of the game had to be Ben ‘Dag it’ Doggett’s conversion which hit the uprights three times, and the cross bar, and then went over! Sometimes you just make your own luck. On to the semis in two weeks time! And Mr. Bolger’s JCT also deserve credit for a narrow 14-7 loss to perennial powers Columba’s in their second round replay. One unlucky bounce was all the difference as stalwarts such as Joe Hyland and Rory Smyth made heroic runs and new stars such as Josh Mullen laid on some memorable hits. Bolger’s boys have already exceeded expectations and now they look forward to lengthy shield and league runs.