Sunday 19 November 2017

Hanrahan's last-gasp kick snatches glory for Rockwell

Rockwell College 12
Castletroy College 10
Munster Schools Senior Cup

JJ Hanrahan scores a drop-goal with the last kick of the match to give
Rockwell a dramatic 12-10 victory over Castletroy at Clanwilliam Park.
DIARMUID GREENE / SPORTSFILE
JJ Hanrahan scores a drop-goal with the last kick of the match to give Rockwell a dramatic 12-10 victory over Castletroy at Clanwilliam Park. DIARMUID GREENE / SPORTSFILE

JJ Hanrahan gave Rockwell victory with the last kick of the game, 11 minutes into stoppage time in enthralling semi-final at Clanwilliam.

His dramatic drop-goal broke the hearts of a spirited Castletroy side who must have thought they had done enough to win when out-half Padraig Quinn crossed for the only try of the game, and full-back Padraig O'Connor converted three minutes from the end of normal time.

The unusual amount of added time was due, in the main, to referee Dermot Moloney suffering a calf strain. In the end, he had to be replaced by Olly Hodges.

In what was a superb contest all through -- with some big hits from both sides -- a draw would not have been an unfair outcome.

Castletroy got off to the best start possible when O'Connor landed a penalty after only five minutes when Rockwell were penalised for playing the ball on the ground.

Six minutes later Hanrahan had the Co Tipperary side level from almost in front of the posts, before being off target three minutes later from out near the touchline.

It remained 3-3 to the interval, but two penalties from Hanrahan meant that Castletroy had to find a way through for a try.

And they they finally did just that when, after several forwards tried to barge over, the ball was finally moved wide to out-half Quinn, who wriggled in for the try, which O'Connor converted.

But Rockwell sealed it with that Hanrahan drop goal, with no time left for a restart.

Rockwell -- B O'Rahelly; S Horgan, H McNulty, D McGillycuddy, R Mullane; JJ Hanrahan, T Rafferty; T Doyle, R Moran, C O'Donnell; S Maguire, S McCarthy; S Buckley, J Meagher, L Cahill.

Castletroy College -- P O'Connor; S Cunningham (L Clohessy 60), P Murray, S O'Carroll, A Fullen; P Quinn, N Cronin; K Kennedy, J Rael, A De Souza; D O'Brien, M O'Dwyer; M Dooley, K Doyle, E Carroll.

Ref -- D Moloney (MAR). Replaced by O Hodges.

Irish Independent

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