Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup Quarter Finals- Round Two
Presentation Brothers College 23-8 Ardscoil Ris
Glenstal Abbey School 7-22 Crescent College Comprehensive
Castletroy College 10-8 St. Munchin's College
Ardscoil Ris' campaign for this year's Junior Cup title came to an end at Musgrave Park, with the defending champions, Presentation Brothers College booking their semi final place with a 23-8 victory.
In what proved a lively game with both teams playing end to end rugby, Ardscoil Ris had the better start and sought to put the first points on the board with a sixth minute penalty attempt kicked by outhalf Alan Dempsey. Although his first attempt went wide, he made no mistakes four minutes later with a longer ranged kick finding its target, giving the Limerick side a 3-0 lead after ten minutes of play. PBC's first attempt at goal also went awry, with Eamon Mills' effort after 16 minutes not finding its mark. With the sides well matched in the first half, and both sides continuing to test the defences, it wasn't until the 27th minute that PBC were able to gain a foothold in the scoring. This time around Mill's boot was spot on, levelling the sides as half time approached. Two minutes into injury time PBC took the lead with winger Michael O'Leary showing some great speed to loop around the Ardscoil Ris defenders and outpace them to cross the line for a try, giving PBC and 8-3 lead at half time.
PBC started the second half in the same manner as they finished the first half, with a try in the corner after 4 minutes from Captain Ryan Murphy who touched down after a super cross field kick from centre Chris Bannon. With Ardscoil Ris having difficulties making inroads into the scoreline, PBC led 13-3 for much of the second half. Centre Rory Cullinane touched down for the Cork side after 53 minutes, with Mills' converting to take PBC 20-3 ahead. Six minutes later Mills added another successful penalty kick to take them 23-3 ahead. To their credit, Ardscoil Ris fought hard for possession in the closing stages, and never stopped pushing for the PBC line. Full credit to the Ardscoil Ris pack for their Trojan work in trying to make some inroads into PBC's lead. Their perseverance paid off with a try in the eighth minute of injury time from second row Peter McGann, leaving the score 23-8 at the final whistle.
Castletroy College cemented their place in the semi finals of the Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup with a hard fought 10-8 win over St. Munchin's College.
Referee: Seamus Flannery (MAR)