It’s been a good week for Glenstal Abbey School, with the Junior Cup team continuing the winning streak started by their Senior Cup team on Wednesday, with a 13-8 win in extra time over Rockwell College.
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup
Quarter Finals- Round One
Glenstal Abbey School 13-8 Rockwell College (et)
This result finalises the line up for the second round of quarter final games in the Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup, with Glenstal set to meet Crescent College Comprehensive in the next round, and Rockwell College meeting Christian Brothers College.
Rockwell College opened the scoring with a successful penalty kicked by out half Conor Holland after 5 minutes of play, despite a strong cross wind that made it very difficult for the kickers on both sides throughout the game. As the game swung from end to end, the tight defensive work on both sides ensured that it wasn’t until the 25th minute that Glenstal levelled with Stephen O’Donnell’s effort finding its target. At half time the sides remained level at three points a piece. The break in the siege came after 41 minutes with a try from Glenstal’s second centre Ian Kenny, giving Glenstal an 8-3 lead. Not to be outdone, Rockwell College levelled six minutes later with scrum half David Hannigan scampering over the line after a series of phases. At full time the score remained level with ten minutes of extra time needed to separate the sides. After 69 minutes, Glenstal’s Ian Kenny crossed the line for the second time, and thus claimed the win for his side.
In a game that could have gone either way, onlookers were treated to an open running game and end to end rugby with plenty of grit and determination on display from both sides. Best for Glenstal Abbey School included the centre partnership of Stephen O’Donnell and Ian Kenny. Despite a physically stronger opposing pack, the Glenstal eight matched them in every respect. For Rockwell College prop Cian O’Donnell from Charleville was a powerhouse for the Tipperary side, Captain Mark Cummins, playing his second year of JCT, was also very influential as well as out half Conor Holland and Darren Brennan.
Quarter Finals- Round One
7th Feb 2008- A: Glenstal Abbey School 13-8 Rockwell College (aet)
30th Jan 2008- B: Crescent College Comprehensive 3-12 Castletroy College
31st Jan 2008- C: St. Munchin’s College 5-8 Presentation Brothers College
30th Jan 2008- D: Christian Brothers College 17-7 Ardscoil Ris
Quarter Finals Round 2:
Q1: Glenstal Abbey School v Crescent College Comprehensive, 20th Feb
Q2: Castletroy College v St. Munchin’s College, 20th Feb
Q3: Presentation Brothers College v Ard Scoil Ris, 19th /20th Feb (tbc)
Q4: Christian Brothers College v Rockwell College, 21st Feb
Semi Finals: 4th & 5th March 2008
Semi Final 1: Q1 v Q3
Semi Final 2: Q2 v Q4
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup Final
12th March 2008
15. Conor O’Sullivan, 14. Sonny O’Dwyer, 13. Andrew Wallace, 12. Darren Brennan, 11. Jack Reilly, 10. Conor Holland, 9. David Hannigan, 1. Cian O’Donnell, 2. Billy Duggan, 3. Odhran McCarthy, 4. Michael J. Murphy, 5. Brian Moloney, 6. Richard Moran, 7. Mark Cummins (Captain), 8. Stephen A. Maguire
Replacements: (65) David Johnston for O’Sullivan, Ryan Murtagh for Moloney
Glenstal Abbey School
15. Dean Moore, 14. Eoin Mullen, 13. Ian Kenny, 12. Stephen O’Donnnell. 11. Bill Connors, 10. Cormac Hayes. 9. Conor Kearns, 1. Thomas Gaisford, 2. Charlie Clarke, 3. Noel Frisby, 4. Fergal Blake, 5. Michael Gallagher, 6. Cillian MacDonagh, 7. Paul Deignan, 8. Dan Healy (Captain)
Replacements: Billy Shanahan for Gaisford (et), Ian McCarthy for Clarke (et)
Referee: Johnny Lacey (MAR)