Saturday 21 October 2017

Oliver's brace seals B&I Cup final berth

Munster A 25 Ealing Trailfinders 9

Munster A's Conor Oliver is tackled by Wille Ryan of Ealing Trailfinders during the British & Irish Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Munster A's Conor Oliver is tackled by Wille Ryan of Ealing Trailfinders during the British & Irish Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Conor Oliver's two tries helped Munster A reach a first B&I Cup final since 2012 in a convincing victory over English Championship outfit Ealing.

Oliver ran in tries either side of half-time and helped Sam Arnold score an early first, but a serious ankle injury to Bill Johnston marred the win, although Mark Chisholm returned after more than a year out.

Munster A's Bill Johnston is tackled by Rory Clegg of Ealing Trailfinders during the British & Irish Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Munster A's Bill Johnston is tackled by Rory Clegg of Ealing Trailfinders during the British & Irish Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Oliver has impressed for the first team, and it was his good work that sent the Arnold over for the opening try after 20 minutes.

Johnston converted for a 10-0 lead, but he was soon stretchered from the field. His brother Dave took over the kicking duties.

Rory Clegg got Ealing off the mark with a 26th-minute penalty, but five minutes from the interval Munster struck again; this time Oliver applied the finishing touches and Munster led 17-9 at the interval.

And four minutes after the restart Oliver wrapped up the win when he ran home an intercept try. Munster A now face London Irish or Jersey in the final.

Munster - D Johnston; D Goggin, S Arnold, C Bohane (c), A Wootton; B Johnston (S Fitzgerald 31), J Poland (J Stafford 72); P McCabe (L O'Connor 72), K O'Byrne (D Casey 72), B Scott (R Burke 72); J Madigan (M Chisholm 51), D O'Shea; S O'Connor (G Coombes 75), C Oliver, R Copeland.

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