Halpin's opening try proves key as Munchin's squeeze through
St Munchin's 8 PBC Cork 8
St Munchin's will have a home quarter-final after drawing with Cork's PBC at Musgrave Park yesterday.
The Limerick school were leading 8-3 when Pres wing Cian Collins scored a late try, but with John Poland unable to convert, Munchin's are considered winners after scoring the first try.
Pres were given the chance to go ahead in the 17th minute when David St Leger was the victim of a dump tackle and scrum-half Poland made no mistake from just inside the 10m line. Shortly afterwards, Poland was unlucky to see a more difficult penalty come back off the post. Just before the half-hour, though, Munchin's levelled when out-half Alan Wallace converted a penalty from close range.
Pres pressure before half-time failed to pay off, and then 10 minutes into the second period Munchin's had the lead. After a loose pass in the Cork side's defence, Halpin was able to touch down, though the conversion attempt hit the post.
Full-back Bobby Price was unlucky not to add a drop-goal late on, and when Collins scored his try it gave Pres a chance, but they could not take it.
ST MUNCHIN'S – B Price; M Devanney, E O'Keeffe (J O'Curry 66), S Halpin (S Collins 70), S Doona; A Wallace, B Bennett (A Guerin 70); P Meyer, L O'Halloran, B Keogh (J Prendiville 54), D Begley (J Burke 66), N Nugent, T O'Dwyer, B Kilkenny, J Foley.
PBC – R Reardon; D Dennehy (B Pope 61), P Kiernan, S Daly, C Collins; C Flanagan, J Poland; J Ring, C Stanton (J O'Donovan 39), S MacCarthy (Stanton 70), D Fitzgerald, M Carey (C O'Flynn 48), E Perry, G Smith, D St Leger.
Ref – D O'Flynn (MAR).