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Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup Final

28th March 2006 By Munster Rugby

Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup Final

Christian Brothers College triumphed in the Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup, with a 15-14 victory over St. Munchin’s College in what proved a hugely exciting encounter

AVONMORE MILK MUNSTER SCHOOLS JUNIOR CUP FINAL

Christian Brothers College 15-14 St. Munchin s College

Christian Brothers College came out on top as champions in one of the most tightly contested Junior Cup finals in recent years. Having come into the game with a 6-0 defeat to St. Munchin s behind them in their quarter final Round Two clash, CBC were determined to make amends, holding out for the victory despite a late onslaught by the Limerick side at Musgrave Park on Wednesday.

CBC opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a penalty landed from the boot of out half Joe Holland, only for St. Munchin s to reply four minutes later with flanker Michael Madden converting a penalty. With the side s remaining locked for much of the first half, CBC edged ahead after 29 minutes, with a try from second row Ian O Gorman, who crossed the line after stealing a St. Munchin s throw on the 5 metre line and driving over. Joe Holland added the extras with a superb touchline conversion, to put CBC 10-3 ahead. Two minutes into injury time, St. Munchin s clawed with another Madden penalty to reduce the deficit- leaving the score 10-6 at half time to CBC.

Madden added another penalty to his tally, while Joe Holland claimed a try of his own after 51 minutes, without converting, to stretch CBC s lead to 15-9. With CBC s triumph looking secure as the minutes counted down, St. Munchin s has other ideas, with full back Craig O Hanlon catapulting his side back into contention for the Cup with a dazzling solo try in extra time, scoring in the corner to set up a difficult kick for Madden to win the game for St. Munchin s. However, the awkward angle proved too much of a challenge for the right footed kicker, and CBC held on- just about- to claim the prize.

It was a hugely entertaining game for the spectator, complete with the drama and excitement that has become synonymous with Schools Cup rugby. As this year s campaign draws to a close, CBC will bask in the glory of their triumph, while St. Munchin s will certainly be proud of their consistency in this year s competition and a tremendous performance in the final.

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE

15. Robert Clune, 14. Graham Mackesy, 13. Darragh Dunne, 12. Bryan O Leary, 11. Thomas Harrington, 10. Joe Holland, 9. Jack Moloney, 1. Evan O Sullivan, 2. Mark Carroll, 3. Damien Attridge (Captain), 4. Brian Hayes, 5. Ian O Gorman, 6. Derry Nagle, 7. Willie Ryan, 8. Ronan Barry

Replacements: 16. Michael Meehan, 17. Jack Lynch, 18. Chris Corkery, 19. Emmett Doyle, 20. Brian Slater, 21. Alex Daly, 22. Eoin O Donnell

ST. MUNCHIN S COLLEGE

15. Craig O Hanlon, 14. Pat Tobin, 13. Darragh Turner, 12. Cathal O Neill, 11. Alan Peters, 10. Robert Guerin, 9. Conor O Driscoll, 1. Michael Kirby, 2. John Sherin, 3. Rory Sargent, 4. Mark Healy , 5. Sean Duggan, 6. Michael Madden, 7. Adam Kennedy, 8. Ger Burke (Captain)

Replacements: Ben Sargent for O Driscoll (58)

Not Used: 16. James McGovern, 17. Aaron Dineen, 18. Cian Tsang, 19. Darragh Crawford, 20. Paul Loughran, 21. William White, 23. Conor Cunnane, 24. Eoin Rowley

Referee: Ger English (MAR)

AVONMORE MILK MUNSTER SCHOOLS JUNIOR CUP

FIXTURES/RESULTS

Quarter Finals

First Round

  1. Thursday 2/2/06: Castletroy College 3-14 St. Munchin s College
  2. Tuesday 7/2/06: Glenstal Abbey 10-29 Christian Brothers College
  3. Wednesday 1/2/06: Rockwell College 15-14 Presentation Brothers College
  4. Wednesday 1/2/06: Crescent College Comprehensive 25-10 Ard Scoil Ris

Second Round

  1. Thursday 23/2/06: Castletroy College 15-12 Glenstal Abbey School
  2. Wednesday 22/2/06: Presentation Brothers College 62-0 Ard Scoil Ris
  3. Thursday 23/2/06: St. Munchin s College 6-0 Christian Brothers College
  4. Wednesday 22/2/06: Rockwell College 8-3 Crescent College Comprehensive

Third Round

  1. Tuesday 7/3/06: Castletroy College 3-10 Crescent College Comprehensive
  2. Wednesday 8/3/06: Presentation Brothers College 10-22 Christian Brothers College

Semi Finals

  1. Tuesday 14/3/06: St. Munchin s College 12-7 Crescent College Comprehensive
  2. Wednesday 15/3/06: Rockwell College 10-17 Christian Brothers College

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