James McDonagh double fires to secure Castleknock win
Castleknock 21 CBC Monsktown 10
Castleknock produced a clinical display as they dispatched a resilient CBC Monkstown side in the first round at Lakelands Park.
CBC started the game in fine fashion with James Reynolds firing over an early penalty before showcasing his tactical kicking skills.
Castleknock, however, would soon showcase some skills of their own when a maul from inside their 22 allowed centre Mike Leahy to break the line on halfway before offloading to Sean Mansfield who dotted down.
The ’Knock pack, expertly drilled by former Connacht hooker Adrian Flavin, dominated the breakdown and provided clean ball for their backs who once again showed a cutting edge as Jamie McGaley cut the line before feeding James McDonagh for the first of his two tries.
The game was dead and buried ten minutes into the second half when McDonagh scored a brilliant solo try in the right-hand corner.
CBC fought hard and were rewarded with a Tadhg Quinn try in the dying minutes.
Castleknock – J McDonagh; L McMenamin, M Leahy (A Doherty 40), J McGaley, S Mansfield; C Egerton, J Wallace (T Gilvarry 40); E Reilly, K Jones (S Picard 50), D Sinclair, M Mellett, D Waldron, K Ronan, A Corcoran (capt), C Clancy.
CBC Monkstown – D O’Higgins; C Byrne (S Hurley 60), C Watson, J Reynolds, L Brady (C Jones 40); S Power, H Shaw; L Hallam, R O’Shea (D Montayne 60), M Nolan (E Ryan 60), S Dooley, T Quinn, M Read, A Paray(J Brophy 50), Z Sattar (capt)
Ref – M Scoyne (Leinster Branch)