Thursday 27 April 2017

McNamara sets the tone to send St Munchin's marching on

CBC Monkstown team-mates celebrate following the Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup semi-final match between Wesley College and CBC Monkstown at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
CBC Monkstown team-mates celebrate following the Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup semi-final match between Wesley College and CBC Monkstown at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

St Munchin's were always in control as they overcame Glenstal 20-3 at UL yesterday to reach the quarter-finals of the Clayton Hotel Munster Schools Junior Cup.

Niall McNamara's early try put Munchin's on their way and, despite playing against the wind, they restricted their opponents to just a penalty from Ruairí Woodcock in the first half.

A second try, from Josh Campbell, made it 10-3 at half-time. Keith McInerney and Ewan O'Brien got further tries for Munchin's, sending them into a last-eight clash with PBC.

In the other ties, CBC will meet Ardscoil Rís, Rockwell will do battle with Crescent CC and Castletroy will play St Clement's.

In Leinster, CBC Monkstown blitzed Wesley for 27 points in the first half at Donnybrook to ease into the Vinnie Murray Cup final against Kilkenny, winning 39-12.

Tries from wing Conor Newman and centre Darragh Forster (2) were complemented by the accurate kicking of full-back James Reynolds.

Wesley did mount a better challenge after the break, despite two superb tries by wing Luke Sweeney, as replacement Fergus Noonan and No 8 David Moran got consolation scores.

Max Patton scored four of his side's eight tries as new school Temple Carrig exploded into Leinster Schools Fr Godfrey Junior Cup final at Donnybrook, beating St Mary's Drogheda 44-17.

The way the Drogheda school fought back from a 20-5 deficit through tries by centre Karl Martin and wing Dominic McCabe to narrow the gap to three points suggested a rip-roaring second-half.

Instead, Temple shut up shop in defence, and prop Jordon O'Connor went over before Patton pick up three more tries to earn a Junior Cup first-round tie against Belvedere.

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