Parata keeps Rockwell on treble course
Rockwell College 13 St Munchin's 6 Munster Schools Senior Cup
Rockwell College advanced to the final with a dramatic injury- time victory over St Munchin's at Clanwilliam.
The Limerick school enjoyed the majority of the territory in the first half and were first on the scoreboard when Shane Airey struck a penalty from in front of the posts.
The bulk of the opening 20 minutes was spent deep inside the Rockwell half, but Munchin's were unable to capitalise on their dominance.
Midway through the opening period, however, Munchin's were made to pay for some missed opportunities when a rare Rockwell attack resulted in a penalty and Rory Parata delivered his side's first score of the game. Thus, the sides went in at the break at three points each.
A fine break by Sonny Dwyer lead to Munchin's Dylan Kelly being penalised for hands in the ruck. Kelly was given a yellow card as Parata gave his side the lead for the first time with a fine penalty.
Munchin's weren't behind for long, however, as two minutes later an Airey penalty drew the sides level. Rockwell then started to apply considerable pressure but couldn't find a way through a solid Munchin's defence.
As the game looked like heading for a replay, an injury-time break from David O'Mahony lead to Parata putting full-back Steve McMahon in for a try in the corner.
Parata brilliantly slotted the conversion from the touchline to hand his side a 13-6 victory to keep alive the Tipperary college's hopes of claiming their third senior cup title in a row.
Rockwell College – S McMahon; D O'Mahony, S O'Donoghue, R Parata, W Coffey; A Moynihan, B Riley (A Horgan 10); D O'Connell, S McNulty, J Maxwell (R Horgan 51); N Flynn, S O'Connor; J Feehan (T Anglim 51), S O'Dwyer, A Butler (capt) (L Hickey 56).
St Munchin's – S Halpin; E O'Keefe, D Goggin, D Kelly, G Bateman; S Airey, R Meagher; D Begley, P Meyer, B Keogh (J Prendeville 51); S O'Mullan (J Sheehan 49), T O'Dwyer; K Browne, L Nicholas (capt), B Kilkenny.
Ref – O Hodges (MAR)