Munchin's keep defence alive despite late Castletroy scare
St. Munchin's College 21 Castleroy College 15
St Munchin's, the holders and favourites to repeat last year's feat, led 21-3 in the second half but Castletroy made them sweat in the closing stages after rallying impressively.
The St Munchin's forwards dominated the first half with two tries coming from the pack - Cillian O'Connor converting efforts by prop Gus Harrington and flanker Stephen Hayes for a 14-3 interval lead.
It looked all over when Ryan Nugent added another but Castletroy fought back with tries by Reece Kelly and Harry Lynch but ultimately came up short.
St Munchin's: J O'Brien; O Pepper, J Costello, L Angermann, R Naughton; C O'Connor, K Tracey; M Imbierowski, H Bennis, G Harrington; S Hannon, S Hayes; S Griffin, K Rea, K Jezierski. Reps: C O'Brien, R Costello, B Dillan, M Kelly, D McNamara, E Moore, G Wood, J Madden, J Fitzgerald, N McCarthy.
Castletroy - S Kiely; L Morgan, C O'Farrell, A Walter, A Cummins; G Rowsome, J Oliver; A Sands, D Aylward, N McLoughlin; E O'Connell, O O'Shea; R Whyte, R Kelly, L Burke. Reps: C Davies Molloy, A Clinton, O Toland, L Bennett, J Roche, N Clancy, L Hueston, H Lynch, G Ryan, R Collins.
Ref - P Sheehan (MAR).
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