Murphy denies Munchin's
St Munchin's -- complete with the Ryan triplets -- dug deep to hold favourites PBC to a draw at Clifford Park yesterday semi-final.
A draw was a fair result, but the fixing of the replay will pose problems for both sides as this was a very hard-fought contest from which both sides will take a few days to recover.
Both teams made one significant three-quarter move and in each instance it led to a try in the corner, both being superbly converted.
PBC led four minutes into the second half when Sean Og Murphy was on target from the 22 after a St Munchin's player was sinbinned for an off-the-ball tackle. Just as the seven and a half minutes in the bin ended, St Munchin's drew level when full-back Brian Mullins kicked a penalty.
After 54 minutes, St Munchin's went in front after Lucas Kuntz took off from inside his own half and sped past two defenders before managing a back-hand flick to winger Conor Cunnane, who got in at the corner. Mullins landed the touchline conversion superbly.
PBC let the ball out to their three-quarters after 25 minutes and full-back Seamus Glynn got in at the corner. Murphy added the points to force a deserved replay.
St Munchin's College -- B Mullins; C Cunnane, L Kuntz, E Carr, P Curtis; J Murry, D Ryan; S Gavin, E Hogan, J McGovern; E Ryan, G Ryan; J Sherin, (C Tsang, 64),K McManus, T Goggin.
PBC -- S Glynn; R Cullinane, J Costigan, D Horgan, E Dennehy; S og Murphy, R Barry, (E OShaughnessy, 57); C Keane, B Vaughan, N Scannell; R Herlihy, D O'Mahony; B Carroll, (R Murphy, 61), J Duffy, (R Murphy (49), C O'Flaherty.
Ref -- D O'Flynn (MAR).