Saturday 24 February 2018

Stallard sets Bandon on course for shock defeat of Glenstal

Bandon Grammar caused the first major upset in this season's Munster Schools Senior Cup when they booked their place in the last eight with a one-point victory over a fancied Glenstal Abbey side at the Bandon rugby grounds.

The Co Limerick side's out-half Conor Kearns will have nightmares about a simple penalty miss from in front of the posts on the 22 on the stroke of half-time.

Glenstal dominated the game territorially for long periods but never looked like breaching a solid home defence.

The turning point in this game came on nine minutes, when Bandon's out-half Darren Sweetman launched an up-and-under.

The defence knocked on the ball, but centre Conor Stallard was quick to react to gather and he raced away to touch down, with Sweetman converting.


Kearns and Sweetman exchanged penalties towards the end of the first half to leave Bandon 10-3 ahead at the break. However, Bandon's indiscipline was punished by Kearns who kicked penalties on 38, 42 and 50 minutes to put Glenstal in the lead.

However, Bandon raised their game and went ahead with 15 minutes remaining when Sweetman restored his side's lead with a penalty that hit the crossbar before dropping over.

Kearns saw two long-range penalty efforts in the final minutes go wide of the target.

Bandon Grammar -- C Pullin; C Moloney, C Stallard, W Godsil, R Skuse; D Sweetnam, J Robinson; S Kingston, D Boyd, S McElroy; D Reynolds, A Tanner (A Tyrell 22-27 blood, 47); S Hunter, J Bendon (capt), H Travers.

Glenstal Abbey -- A Moloney; B Connors, H Byrne, D Costello, P Barrett; C Kearns, T Crotty; D O'Callaghan, D Healy, N Frisby; P Deignan, M Allen; J Murray, I McCarthy, L Mungovan (capt).

Ref -- C McTaggart (MAR).

Irish Independent

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