Grace try helps Young Munster to flying start
YOUNG MUNSTER proved that they are more than capable of holding their own by securing a well-deserved success over their great rivals Garryowen at Dooradoyle last night.
Most significantly, the victory was achieved without player-coach Mike Prendergast, who is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Their answer last night was to move Alan Kingsley from out-half to scrum-half, with Willie Staunton taking over in the No 10 jersey.
Young Munster raced into an early 13-0 lead only to see Garryowen fight back to lead 14-13 midway through the second half.
But Young Munster dominated the final quarter and secured victory with a well-taken try in the corner 14 minutes from time by centre Danny Grace. Kingsley's conversion from the touchline gave his team some breathing space.
Earlier, Kingsley was on target with two penalties and a conversion. Their try was a well worked effort with left-wing Dara O'Neill gathering a kick ahead from Staunton before diving over.
Garryowen hit back with three penalties from their excellent scrum-half Conor Murray to reduce the deficit to 13-9 at the interval.
When Robert Meyer went over for a try 20 minutes into the second half, Garryowen were 14-13 ahead. But they were unable to come back and Young Munster regained control to snatch the win with Grace's try.
Garryowen -- L Bourke; I Hanley, C O'Shea, K Hartigan (A Healy 74), C Hircock; C Doyle (Capt), C Murray; J P Cooney, R Meyer (J Rael 80), D Lavery, A McCloskey, F McKenna, P Neville, C Hartigan (C Fitzgerald 78), D Sherry.
Young Munster -- R Moloney; C O'Hanlon, M Costelloe, D Grace; D O'Neill; W Staunton, A Kingsley; G O'Flaherty, G Slattery (Capt) (D Sheehan 79), H McGrath, D Payne, S O'Neill, S Hassett (J O'Neill 60), L Murphy, N Melbourne.
Ref -- A Rolland.