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Schools Cup Roundup

2nd February 2022 By The Editor

Schools Cup Roundup

A view of today's Munster Schools Junior Cup game between Rockwell College and Bandon Grammar School at Musgrave Park

A busy Wednesday saw three games take place in the Munster Schools Junior Cup.

You can find a round-up of each game below.

Munster Schools Junior Cup Round 2 – Rockwell College v Bandon Grammar School – 12pm Musgrave Park

Rockwell College 19 – 17 Bandon Grammar School 

Rockwell College are through to quarter-finals of the Munster Schools Junior Cup after they recorded a 19-17 victory over Bandon Grammar at Musgrave Park this afternoon.

The opening 15 minutes was a tight affair with both teams trying to get a feel of the game. There were a number of turnovers from both teams as it was the respective defences which stood out.

After 16 minutes the deadlock was finally broken as continued Rockwell pressure saw Muiri Lambe power through a tackle and touch down. Cian Ralph’s conversion looked to be sailing between the posts but just drifted to the left at the last moment as the Tipp side took a 5-0 lead.

Bandon started to apply pressure themselves but a penalty aimed for the corner went dead before they followed that up with a excellently executed 50:22 kick. However, on subsequent phases, the ball was knocked on.

Five minutes into the second half, Bandon’s Cash Healy broke away down the touchline where he knocked back a would-be Rockwell tackler before using his pace to cross for a try in the corner. Rory Golden’s conversion attempt was wide.

With the scores tied, the Tipperary school continued to apply the pressure and they crossed for their second try through Lambe – the centre showing excellent strength to power over from close range. Ralph’s conversion was good and Rockwell looked to have the game wrapped up when Lambe secured his hat-trick with some excellent footwork and acceleration seeing him score from a long way out.

With the conversion, Rockwell led 19-5 but a yellow card to prop Alan Jayan opened the door for Bandon as the West Cork school got a try through Paddy Coughlan. The conversion from Golden cut the deficit to seven points and there was further late drama when Nicholas Sweetnam crossed in the corner with the clock in the red.

Unfortunately for Bandon, the conversion attempt drifted wide as Rockwell secured a quarter-final clash with Crescent College Comprehensive while Bandon’s time in the competition comes to an end.

Rockwell College: Mark Ryan, Charlie Nolan, Fionn O’Grady, Muiri Lambe, Dermot McCarthy, Cian Ralph, Mark Neville, Alan Jayan, Marcus Thompson, Max McInerney, Martin Baggott, Jack Finn, Lucas Sheil, Daniel Crotty Casey, Andrew Wall.

Replacements: Paul Maher, Robert O’Brien, Mateo Gutierrez, Joseph Michael O’Gorman, Kevin Kelly, Finn Fitgerald Madigan, Jack Ryan, Ben O’Donovan, David O’Brien, Jack Stokes.

Bandon Grammar School: Alex Hurley, Scott O’Driscoll, Michael Kennedy, Calem Harte, Darragh Walsh, Rory Golden, Scott Fuller, Maximillian Tubb, Marcus Kelly, Antony Cleary Zurek, Tadhg O’Conchuir, Cash Healy, Rino Dirollo, Paddy Coughlan, Jack Connolly.

Replacements: Bill O’Driscoll, Alexander Devlin, Denis Keane, Graham Cottrell, Joseph Clover, Ben Hathaway, James McDonagh, Nicholas Sweetnam, Oliver Williams, Sean Lynch.

Munster Schools Junior Cup Round 2 – Christian Brothers College v Crescent College Comprehensive – 2.15pm Musgrave Park

Christian Brothers College 53 – 5 Crescent College Comprehensive

CBC secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Munster Schools Junior Cup with a 53-5 victory over Crescent College Comprehensive at Musgrave Park this afternoon.

The impressive Christians out-half, Charlie O’Shea, opened the scoring with a penalty to give his side a 3-0 lead. O’Shea was in action once again soon after as he collected an overthrown Crescent lineout to race clear and score the opening try of the game. His conversion gave his side a 10-0 lead after eight minutes.

The out-half scored his second try just three minutes later when he snuck down the blindside of a ruck close to the Crescent line. His conversion hit the post but the Cork school were 15-0 up. Christians number eight Conor Galvin got in on the action minutes later with a try from close range. The successful conversion saw the lead stretch to 22-0 before they went further ahead when Alex O’Connell was the beneficiary of an overlap as he crossed for his side’s fourth try which was converted.

O’Connell got a second after his centre partner Leo O’Leary drew in the final Crescent defender before releasing a good pass. The successful conversion saw CBC take a 36-0 lead.

Just before the break, a lovely sweeping move from Christians yielded another try as Bill McCarthy crossed under the posts. McCarthy, who took over the kicking duties from the departed O’Shea, notched the conversion to give the Cork school a 43-0 lead at half-time.

In the second half, McCarthy added two more tries which went unconverted to give CBC as 53-0 lead.

Crescent, to their credit, were much improved in the second half and they got a deserved consolation score at the end when Charlie Fenton crossed for his side’s only try.

CBC progress to the semi-final while Crescent will have another opportunity when they meet Rockwell College in the quarter-final.

Christian Brothers College: Calvin Kilbride, Daire O’Callaghan, Alex O’Connell, Leo O’Leary, Bill McCarthy, Charlie P O’Shea, Christopher Barrett, Ronan O’Callaghan, Darragh Prenter, Ross McElhinney, Zach Coughlan, Ian Morton, Cian Walsh, Craig Hughes, Conor Galvin.

Replacements: Matthew Shalloe, Patrick O’Rourke, Ciaran Wallace, Reuben Coughlan, (21) Jamie McCarthy, Ben Mayer, Andrew Murray, Shea Glackin, Cian Corkery.

Crescent College Comprehensive: Evan Cusack, David Long, Eoghan Collins, Sean Morrissey, Thomas Bill Dervan, Fionn Rowsome, Rory O’Connor, Aleks Reddan, Alex McNamara, Michael Keane, Adedamola Obasa, Charlie Fenton, William Collins, Dan Le Gear, Ronan Ryan.

Replacements: Nathan O’Riordan, Ben Buckley, Robert Shields, Liam Gorman, William Bennett-Quaid, Nevilly Efe, Peter Gardiner, Brian Dolphin.

Munster Schools Junior Cup Round 2 – St Munchin’s College v Ardscoil Rís – 2pm Thomond Park Back-Pitch

St Munchin’s College 32 – 5 Ardscoil Rís

St Munchin’s College advanced to the quarter-final of the Munster Schools Junior Cup after they recorded a 32-5 victory over Ardscoil Rís on the Thomond Park back-pitch this afternoon.

The Corbally school took an early 3-0 lead with a well-struck Tom Wood penalty before out-half added another give his side a 6-0 lead.

Ardscoil hit back with a try from Kieran Shvaibovich on the stroke of half-time. The conversion was wide which saw Munchin’s with a one-point lead going into half-time.

Ardscoil had a chance to take the lead at the beginning of the second half but the penalty attempt drifted wide. Munchin’s took their chance soon after when Lee Collopy crossed in the corner with Wood adding the conversion to give his side a 13-5 lead.

A period of Ardscoil attack and pressure yielded no points as some good defence from the Corbally school kept their rivals out. The Corbally school then scored through their flanker Oskars Vitolins.

With an 18-5 lead, Munchin’s went further in front when Alex Quinn scored a try which was converted by Wood. To close out the game, Quinn scored his second try which was converted by Wood as St Munchin’s College now look forward to a meeting with the loser of the clash between PBC and Castletroy College.

St Munchin’s College: Ben O’Mahony, _, Tom Williams, Rio Tier, Cian Costello, Tom Wood, Cathal Glynn, Darragh Fogarty, Adam O’Shaughnessy, Sean Campbell, Eoin O’Callaghan, Lee Collopy, Oskars Vitolins, Charlie Grace, Billy Power.

Replacements: Cian Neiland, Anthony Jay O’Grady, Cian Brown, Kieran English, Eoin Coughlan, Gavin O’Regan. Killian Playon, Callum Kiely, Adam McGlynn, Alex Quinn.

Ardscoil Rís: Frank Sheehan Williams, Alexander Fennell, Leo Connolly, Desmond Hassett, Harry Keogh, James Butler, Daniel Collins, Lloyd Costelloe, Matthew Collopy, Lochlann Brown, Matthew Browne, Daniel O’Flaherty, Callum Byrne, Sean Horrigan, Kieran Shvaibovich.

Replacements: David Salmon, Jibril Koura, Darragh Leyden, Jack Murphy, Eoin Balfe, Aaron Kelly, Jack Rafferty, Oisin O’Grady, Paidi O’Gorman, Conor Smith.

Upcoming Fixtures


Munster Schools Junior Cup Round 2 | PBC v Castletroy College | 1pm Musgrave Park – Please check out Castletroy’s Twitter account before kick-off for a stream of the game.

Pinergy Munster School Senior Cup Round 2 Replay | Rockwell College v Ardscoil Rís| 2pm Clanwilliam FC.


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