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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Harrington completes St Munchin's dramatic fightback

St Munchin's 23 Ardscoil Ris 21

Glen Clancy, Ardscoil Ris, is tackled by Shane Murphy, right, and Shane Kelly, St Munchin's College
Glen Clancy, Ardscoil Ris, is tackled by Shane Murphy, right, and Shane Kelly, St Munchin's College
Killian Markham, St Munchin's College, is tackled by Aaron Walshe, Ardscoil Ris
Cameron Crowe, Ardscoil Ris, is tackled by Jake Murphy, St Munchin's College

Tom Harrington finished off a move worthy of winning any game to gave St Munchin’s a dramatic come-from-behind victory against local rivals Ardscoil Ris at The Grove.

Ardscoil must have thought they were in for a comfortable afternoon when they raced into a 14-point lead inside as many minutes.

 Glen Clancy had an early try to settle the nerves which skipper Craig Casey converted.

They doubled the score with out-half Darragh O’Gorman racing through the cover to touch down, and this time Maurice Noonan added the extras.

Scrum-half and captain Evan Maher brought St Munchin’s back in contention with a try that Killian Markham converted.

Luke Clohessy had a third try for Ardscoil, with Noonan converting, to make it 21-7.

However, three penalties from Markham reduced the deficit to 21-16 and the late try by substitute Harrington, under the posts, allowed Markham to land the crucial conversion to earn a home quarter final place.

St Munchin’s – C Broderick; K Browne, J Curry, J Pendejito, S Murphy; K Markham, E Maher; M Crowe, S Ryan, M O’Driscoll; P Kelly, A Casey; J Murphy, B Shanahan, S Kelly. Reps:  K McInerney, E Kelly, S Naughton, R Duggan, E Sheehan O’Donnell, T Harrington, A Lyons, L Clancy, A Duggan, N Morris, R Walsh.

Ard Scoil Ris – C O’Rahilly; M Noonan, G Clancy, C Murphy, A McNamara; D O’Gorman, C Casey; M Gaule, A Walshe, F Lyons, R Whelan, B Noonan, J Taylor, C Crowe, L Clohessy. Reps: I Cullen, R Tucker, N O’Donoughue, S Hanley, M O’Callaghan, M O’Gorman, C Shiels.

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