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Munster Schools Boys & Girls Junior Cup Roundup

19th January 2024 By The Editor

Munster Schools Boys & Girls Junior Cup Roundup

The captains of St Mary's Nenagh and Sacred Heart Clonakilty ahead of their Munster Schools Girls Junior Cup Round 1 clash.

It was busy week as the Munster Schools Boys & Girls Junior Cups got underway at venues throughout the province.

Munster Schools Boys Junior Cup Round 1 

Crescent College 15 – 13 Rockwell College

On Wednesday, Crescent College Comprehensive and Rockwell College who went toe-to-toe at Takumi Park in Round 1 of the Munster Schools Boys Junior Cup.

Crescent took the lead after 15 minutes when Alan Cleary put his side into the lead with a well struck penalty.

5 minutes later, Andrew Wallace got over for a maul try which Cleary converted to give Crescent a 10-0 lead.

The Limerick school went further ahead when a cross-field kick was collected by Rory O’Callaghan who popped the ball back inside for Daniel Kirby to score.

The conversion was unsuccessful and this gave the initiative for Rockwell to get back into the game. Daithi Lambe got Rockwell’s first try with a strong carry before James Murphy powered over after a series of carries close to the line. Both conversions were unsuccessful which gave Crescent a 15-10 lead at half-time.

Early in the second half Rockwell notched a penalty from Robert O’Brien to cut the deficit to just two points but they were enable to get that next crucial score as Crescent College advanced to the next round where they will face St Munchin’s College.

Munster Schools Girls Junior Cup Round 1 

St Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh 0 – 30 Sacred Heart Clonakilty

On Thursday, St Mary’s Nenagh took on Sacred Heart Clonakilty in the Munster Schools Girls Junior Cup. It was a strong performance from Clonakilty, who were making their debut in this competition, as they ran out 30-0 winners over St Mary’s at the 4G pitch in UL.

Clonakilty raced into a commanding 25-0 lead at half-time but St Mary’s put in a much improved defensive effort in the second half as they conceded just one try.

Maria O’Donovan, Elva McAuley, Lani O’Donovan, Niamh Hilliard, Mia Domes and Julie Finn were among the try scorers for Clonakilty on the day.

Munster Schools Boys Junior Cup Round 1

Glenstal 32 – 8 High School CBS Clonmel 

On Friday, Glenstal took on High School CBS Clonmel, who came through the qualifiers, in Round 1 of the Munster Schools Boys Junior Cup at the 4G pitch in UL.

It took 22 minutes for the opening score of the game and it went the way of CBS Clonmel when out-half Conall Morrison notched a penalty to give his side a 0-3 lead. Just before half-time Glenstal hit back with a try from captain Caden Smith to give his side a 5-3 lead at half-time.

Glenstal pushed on in the second half with a penalty from Patrick Peters before Logan O’Connor scored his side’s second try which was converted by Peters. O’Connor went over for another try soon after which was unconverted to give Glenstal a 20-3 lead after 43 minutes.

Hugh Dillon put the game to bed with a try of his own which was converted by Peters before Daniel McCarthy scored a try of his own which went unconverted.

CBS Clonmel did get a try which their performance deserved when Manuel Fontan-Abad crossed for his side’s only try as the match finished 32-8 in Glenstal’s favour.

The Limerick school will now meet last year’s finalists Ardscoil Rís in the next round.

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