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Schools Cup Roundup

26th January 2022 By The Editor

Schools Cup Roundup

CBC throw into a lineout against Bandon Grammar in the second round of the Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup

It was a busy day of action in the Munster Schools Junior Cup and the Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup with three games taking place on Wednesday across both competitions.

In the Junior Cup first round, Ardscoil Rís came from behind to earn a victory against Glenstal Abbey.

In the second round of the Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup, Christian Brothers College and Crescent College Comprehensive both secured their passage into the semi-finals thanks to victories over Bandon Grammar School and Presentation Brothers College, respectively.

Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup Round 2 – Bandon Grammar v Christian Brothers College – 2pm Musgrave Park

Bandon Grammar School 25 – 37 Christian Brothers Cork

Christian Brothers College are through to the semi-final of the Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup after an exciting 37-25 victory over Bandon Grammar School at Musgrave Park this afternoon.

In an end-to-end first-half which yielded five tries, Bandon had the first opportunity to register points but out-half Jeff Williams’ penalty attempt drifted wide.

However, just moments later a powerful carry from Peter O’Sullivan saw him score the first try of the game. Williams’ conversion saw the West Cork school go 7-0 in front.

CBC to their credit went back up the other end of the pitch and crossed for their opening try from Shane Maloney who collected a lovely floating pass from Matthew O’Callaghan in the build-up. Daire Burke’s conversion saw the team level 7-7 after 11 minutes.

Bandon regained the lead two minutes later through a Williams penalty but CBC responded through their powerful maul which saw Thomas Land cross for his side’s second try of the match. Burke’s excellent touchline conversion gave CBC a 14-10 lead.

Bandon responded once again with arguably the best try of the first half as Williams produced a sublime crossfield kick for Barry Spearman to collect with the winger doing well to cross in the corner despite the attention of two CBC tacklers. Williams missed the difficult conversion attempt.

With Bandon leading 15-14, they scored another try with half-time approaching when scrum-half Dylan O’Driscoll snuck over in the corner. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful so the West Cork side took a 20-14 lead.

On the stroke of half-time, CBC added three points through the boot of Burke to leave just three points between the sides at the break.

Half-time: Bandon Grammar 20 – 17 CBC

Just two minutes into the second half, CBC scored a try through Matthew O’Callaghan with Burke adding another tough conversion from the touchline.

With CBC now leading 24-20, they went further ahead when Kamis Novak crossed over from close range. Burke’s conversion saw CBC lead 31-20 with Bandon facing an uphill battle to get back into the game.

With 10 minutes remaining Bandon crossed for a try through Fionn O’Neill after a period of pressure in the CBC 22′. Williams’ conversion hit the post to leave six points between the sides.

In the final minutes of the game, Bandon desperately tried for another score but CBC extended their advantage with two penalties from Burke to see CBC safely into the semi-finals.

Bandon Grammar will have another chance and they will meet either Ardscoil Rís or Rockwell College who face off on Thursday.

Bandon Grammar: Paddy Gaffney, Barry Spearman, Peter O’Sullivan, Liam McCarthy, Conor Ryan, Jeff Williams, Dylan O’Driscoll, Fionn O’Neill, Daniel William McGarvey, Mitchell Connolly, Sean Coughlan, Ben Kingston, Conor Miskella, Jay C Van Der Westhuizen, Adam Murphy.

Replacements: Jack O’Regan, Karl O’Regan, Shadrach Nnamani, John O’Brien, Liam Prior, Rory O’Callaghan, Peter Symington, Ben O’Connor, Louis McVitty, Daniel Lynch.

CBC: Benjamin Lynch, Billy O’Riordan, Matthew O’Callghan, Evan Cahill Murphy, Shane Maloney, Daire Burke, Jack Casey, Sam Loftus, George Rasmussen, Harry Foster, David Novak, Kamis Novak, Thomas Land, Adam Wrona, John Coleman.

Replacements: Stephen O’Shaughnessy, Alexander O’Leary, Adam Logan, Conor Kidney, Gavin Hyde, Odhran Prenter, Sean Crowe, Finn Whooley, Victor Ugwah, Andrew Egar.

Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup Round 2 – Crescent College Comprehensive v Presentation Brothers College – 2.30pm Thomond Park Back-Pitch

Crescent College Comprehensive 17 – 13 Presentation Brothers College 

Crescent College Comprehensive backed up their pre-Christmas form with a 17-13 victory over Presentation Brothers College in Round 2 of the Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup.

This victory sees the Limerick school go directly into the semi-finals.

In what was a tight contest, both sides exchanged penalties in the opening quarter. Ben O’Connor gave PBC an early 3-0 lead before Crescent responded themselves through the boot of Oscar Davey.

PBC then took to lead with a try from Danny Sheehan who scored off the back of a rolling maul. O’Connor added the extras to give PBC a 10-3 lead.

Crescent responded with a try from Mark Fitzgerald which was converted by Davey which left the sides evenly matched at 10-10 at half-time.

In the second half, O’Connor put PBC into the lead once again with a penalty before Crescent took the lead for the first time through a penalty try. With a 17-13 lead, Crescent held on for victory despite losing Werner Hoffman to a yellow card.

While Crescent look forward to a semi-final, PBC must play the winner of St. Munchin’s College or Castletroy College who meet on Friday.

Crescent College Comprehensive: Jed O’Dwyer, Henry Ezomo, Cian O’Halloran, Werner Hoffman, Joe McEnery, Oscar Davey, Jamie Duggan, Lee O’Grady, Conal Henchy, Mark Fitzgerald, Jack Somers, Cillian Kelly, Max Clein, Jubril Olamiposi Olakunle Obasa, Ruadhan Quinn.

Replacements: Conor Clery, Anthony O’Connor, Jack Madden, Diarmuid Murphy, Andrew Ahearne, Fionn Casserly, Marcus Lyons, Eoin O’Callaghan, Brandon Nash, Evan Bennett.

Presentation Brothers College: Ben O’Connor, Zach Dinan, Scott Sexton, Rory O’Shaughnessy, Sean Condon, Harry Coughlan, Liam Tuohy, Finn Cowhig, Danny Sheahan, Salvador Patricio, Louis Herdman, Aidan Keane, James Harrison Lynch, Ivor Dennehy, Jacob Sheahan.

Replacements: Michael O’Sullivan, Padraig Doyle, Thomas McCarthy, Fionn Roussel, Daniel Noonan, Matthew Murphy, Gene O’Leary Kareem, Aodhan Cooke, Adam Twomey, James Wixted.

Munster Schools Junior Cup Round 1 – Ardscoil Rís v Glenstal Abbey – 12.30pm 4G UL.

Ardscoil Rís 22 – 14 Glenstal Abbey

Ardscoil Rís came from nine points behind to earn a Round 1 victory in the Munster Schools Junior Cup.

Glenstal took an early lead in this first round clash played on the 4G pitch at the University of Limerick as Sean McCormack crossed for the county Limerick school. Oliver Springett made no mistake with the conversion attempt to give Glenstal a 7-0 lead.

The score line remained unchanged for the rest of the first half and it was Ardscoil who struck first at the beginning of the second half with their first try of the game through Alex Fennell which went unconverted.

Glenstal extended their lead further through flanker McCormack and Springett was accurate with the conversion once again to give Glenstal a 14-5 lead.

Ardscoil cut the gap to just two points when number eight Kieran Schaibovich powered over and James Butler converted.

The Limerick City school then took the lead for the first time in the game when Butler crossed for his own try which he himself converted. Butler then added a penalty to see his side into the second round where they will meet St Munchin’s College.

Ardscoil Rís: Frank Sheehan Williams, Harry Keogh, Leo Connolly, James Butler, Alexander Fennell, Daniel Collins, Aaron Kelly, Lloyd Costelloe, Matthew Collopy, Lochlann Brown, Matthew Browne, Darragh Leyden, Callum Byrne, Sean Horrigan, Kieran Shvaibovich.

Replacements: David Salmon, Jibril Koura, Daniel O’Flaherty, Jack Murphy, Fergus Bell, Jack Rafferty, Desmond Hassett, Paidi O’Gorman, Oisin O’Grady, Conor Smith.

Glenstal Abbey: John Kerr, Shane Leahy, Michael Bennett, Scott Connolly, Edward Franklin, Oliver Springett, Teak Williams, Donncha O’Murthuile, Callum Hughes, Walid Muhtaseb, Edward Keena, Leopold Himmelreich, Sean McCormack, Ronan O’Donnell, Cillian O’Donovan.

Replacements: Olivier Hillaire, Eric White, Alexander Courtney, Cormac Murphy, Oisin Rowan, Frederic Japy, Colum Hanley, Tommy McNamara, Fionn Stacl, Oskar O’ hAolain Lindbaek.

Upcoming Fixtures


Munster Schools Junior Cup 

Bandon Grammar School v High School CBS Clonmel 1.30pm Musgrave Park

Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup 

Ardscoil Rís v Rockwell College 2pm Thomond Park Back-Pitch


Pinergy Munster Schools Senior Cup 

St Munchin’s College v Castletroy College 2pm Thomond Park Back-Pitch


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