St. Munchin’s College Progress in Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup
13th February 2007 By Munster Rugby
St. Munchin’s College have come through the second round quarter final qualifying stage of this year’s Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup with a 17-10 over last year’s champions Christian Brothers College at Thomond Park today.
Quarter Finals Qualifiers Round Two
St. Munchin’s College have come through the second round quarter final qualifying stage of this year’s Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup with a 17-10 over Christian Brothers College at Thomond Park today. The result sees the end of CBC’s Junior Cup campaign for another year as the defending champions bowed out with pride after a consolidated effort in the final stages brought them back into the game and set up an exciting climax. Having been defeated by the Cork side by just one point in last year’s final, it was a sweet victory for St. Munchin’s after last year’s disappointment. St. Munchin’s started brightly, crossing the line within five minutes of the start with a try from prop Cathal O’ Shea. Outhalf Eamonn Carr’s conversion gave the Limerick side a 7-0 lead in the early stages. This early score didn’t help CBC’s cause as the Limerick side settled early in the game. Eight minutes later, Carr was again on target with a well struck penalty to stretch their lead to 10-0, where the score remained going into the break. After the restart, another early St. Munchin’s try kept the Cork side on the back foot, with prop James McGovern touching down after 41 minutes. Eamonn Carr’s conversion made it 17-0, and CBC’s Junior Cup hopes seemed dashed going into the final stages. Having trailed for much of the game, two late tries from a very determined CBC brought them back into contention going into the final moments, setting up a nail biting finish. Tries from captain Darren Bowles and flanker Jack Daly bolstered the CBC side, and despite their best efforts in the dying minutes, CBC were unable to reduce the deficit any further.
St. Munchin’s College held on for the win, however, CBC showed great spirit by challenging right up to final whistle. St. Munchin’s College and will find out their next round opposition tomorrow afternoon when Ard Scoil Ris and Crescent College Comprehensive clash. The losers of this game will face St. Munchin’s College. As the premier under 15 schools competitions in the province, the Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup competition continues with the revitalised format introduced last season, ensuring that the last eight schools in the competition will have at least two matches in three rounds of quarter finals, rather than a straight knock out.
St. Munchin’s College
15. Keith McCarthy, 14. Paul Curtis, 13. Darragh Crawford, 12. Ger Quinlivan, 11. Ben Drew, 10. Eamonn Carr, 9. Brian Mullins, 1. Cathal O’ Shea, 2. Adam Connolly, 3. James McGovern, 4. Rory O’ Donnell, 5. Gavin Ryan, 6. Evan Hogan, 7. Keith McManus, 8. Cian Tsang
Replacements: Ian Wallace for Cian Tsang (35), Gearoid Cox for Keith McCarthy (10), Cian Moloney for Ger Quinlivan (50), Shane Madden for Gearoid Cox (50)
Christian Brothers College
15. Stephen O’ Sullivan, 14. Darren Byrne, 13. Simon Hambidge, 12. Darren Bowles, Captain 11. Thomas Harrington, 10. Greg Higgins, 9. Conor Buckley, 1. Philip O’ Callaghan, 2. David O’ Driscoll, 3. Cathal Gallagher, 4. James Vaughan, 5. Dylan
Mullins, 6. Brian Desmond, 7. Jack Daly, 8. Mark O’ Mahony
Replacements: Peter McCabe for David O’ Driscoll, Ronan McCarthy for Conor Buckley, Cathal Quinn for Greg Higgins, Darragh Daly for Stephen O’ Sullivan.
2nd Round Qualifiers Quarter Finals
Wednesday 14th February 2007
Rockwell College v Glenstal Abbey School, 3pm, Clonmel RFC
Castletroy v Presentation Brothers College, 3pm, Thomond Park
Ard Scoil Ris v Crescent College Comprehensive, 3pm, Thomond Park
*note- two games scheduled in Thomond Park- one on back pitch, one on main pitch
Avonmore Milk Munster Schools Junior Cup Final
21st March 2007
Quarter Final Qualifiers- Round 2
St. Munchin’s College 17-10 CBC
Quarter Final Qualifiers – Round 1
St. Munchin’s College 8 Castletroy College 20
CBC 5 PBC 14
Rockwell College 8 Ard Scoil Ris 10
Glenstal 0 Crescent 22