Young Munster Do Cup Double
1st May 2022 By Leonard Allen
Young Munster won their ninth Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup title with a 35-24 win over Thomond at Takumi Park and with this did a Cup double in the Senior and Junior competitions, last done by the club in 1984.
The winners did all the damage in the opening half building up a 28-0 interval lead but Thomond left themselves with too much to do after the break.
A great start by Young Munster saw a break by Luke Fitzgerald setup Donnacha O’Callaghan for a try under the posts and Shane O’Brien converted.
Substitute winger Conor O’Shaughnessy extended “The Cookies” lead with a try following a cross-field kick and O’Brien converted.
Munster’s continued to control the game and further tries by Bailey Faloon and Paul Allen both converted by O’Brien saw Young Munster lead 28-0 at halftime.
Mike McMahon opened Thomond’s account with a try early in the second half and Adam Guerin converted. A second Thomond try from Eoghan Sherlock closed the gap to 28-12.
Further Thomond pressure was rewarded with a try from Evan O’Connor which Guerin converted, but Young Munster responded with a try from Conor Moloney and Shane O’Brien converted to give “The Cookies” a 35-19 lead with ten minutes remaining.
Aaron Rice scored a fourth Thomond try in the closing minutes but it was Young Munster who were celebrating at the final whistle.
Thomond: Gary Bateman; Berto Kelly, Eoghan Sherlock,Evan O’Connor, Darragh O’Neill; Adam Guerin, Aaron Rice; Nigel Clancy, Colin Slater, Jordan O’Donnell; Conor Radcliffe, Mike McMahon; Evan Sheehan, Shane Kelly, Kealan O’Shea.
Replacements: Jack O’Shea, Darren Radcliffe, Maksymilian Zerdel, Dean Cronin, Callum Walters.
Young Munster: Jason Kiely; Stephen Lyons, Patrick Ryan, Luke Fitzgerald, Conor Philips; Shane O’Brien, Donnacha O’Callaghan; Paul Allen, Shane Malone, Colm Skehan; James Horrigan, Craig Hannon; Conor Moloney, Liam Neilan, Bailey Faloon.
Replacements: Kean Sheehy, Gary Hoban, Jack Cosgrave, Aidan Quinlivan, Conor O’Shaughnessy.
Referee: David O’Leary (MAR).