Ardscoil through to Munster schools junior cup final 

The Eamon Mulcahy Munster Junior Schools Cup.

ARDSCOIL Rís will run-up against Presentation Brothers Cork (PBC) in the Munster Schools Junior Cup Final later in the month. 

At a busy Thomond Park yesterday, Ardscoil overcame Castletroy College while PBC defeated St Munchin’s College in their respective semi-finals.

Castletroy College 17, 23 Ardscoil Rís

Ardscoil got off to a fast start when Frank Sheehan Williams dotted down in the opening minutes after some good attacking play. James Butler converted.

Daniel O’Connell scored Ardscoil’s second try when he crossed in the corner and they took a 12-0 lead before Butler added two successive penalties to give his side an 18-0 interval advantage.

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Again it was Ardscoil who struck first in the second half when Lloyd Costelloe crossed for his side’s third try but that was their last score.

A try from Travis Tchokotieu was converted by Robbie Widger before Ronan Collopy crossed from close-range to reduce the deficit to 23-12.

Robert O’Donnell then went over in the corner for Castletroy seeing the lead reduced to 23-17.

Castletroy had possession ten metres out from the opposition line with the clock in the red but a knock-on put an end to the game as Ardscoil advanced to the final.

Castletroy College: Robbie Widger, Tyler Kelly, Robert O’Donnell, Joel Rowntree, Pierce Walter, Conor Gavin, Ronan Collopy; Mark Hickey, Cian O’Hanlan, Trevor Tchokotieu, Donncha Donnelly, Adam Power, Ben O’Connell, Travis Tchokotieu, Cillian McNamara.

Replacements: Kevin Griffin, Jordi Frigola Ward, Andrew Berkery, Denis Blackwell, Sam Prendergast, Cormac Devitt, Michael Flannery, Sean Quilter, Robert Sheehan, David Joseph.

Ardscoil Rís: Frank Sheehan Williams, Daniel O’Connell, Leo Connolly, Aaron Kelly, Dylan Quirke, James Butler, Ollie Desmond; Jamie Kelly, David Salmon, Lochlann Brown, Lloyd Costelloe, Daniel O’Flaherty, Jack Rafferty, Brendan Morrissey, Darragh Leyden.

Replacements: Jack Hartigan, Jake Das, Matthew Collins, Christian Cantillon, Brian O’Loughlin, Cathal O’Doherty, Conor Ryan, Louis O’Flanagan, Alexander Fennell, Jack Thorne.

Referee: Mike Scanlan

St Munchins 17, 21 PBC

Munchin’s got off to a quick start after a great run from Alex Quinn saw the winger cross in the corner. 

Later Quinn went over in the corner for his side’s second try which was converted brilliantly by Oisin Madden from the touchline.

This gave St Munchin’s a deserved 12-0 lead at the break.

Quinn’s hat-trick was completed in the new half as his acceleration helped Munchin’s jump into a 17-0 advantage.

All of a sudden, the game turned on its head and it went the way of PBC.

Fionn O’Sullivan got a much needed try for the Cork school which was converted by Daniel Murphy before a block down saw Bobby O’Callaghan go over for his side’s second try which was converted by Murphy to reduce the deficit to just three points.

O’Sullivan went over for his second try with just over five minutes remaining in the second half which was converted by Murphy which saw PBC move ahead, 21-17.

Munchin’s pushed for the winning score in the closing moments but were unable to find a breakthrough. 

St Munchin’s College: Ryan Angley, Adam Naughton, Adam McGlynn, Brendan Minogue, Alex Quinn, Oisin Madden, Darragh Dillon; Calum Kirwan, Adam O’Shaughnessy, Donnacha Colgan, Cillian McGrath, Eoin Coughlan, Ciaran Howard, Paddy Dowling, Dan Foley.

Replacements: Zaid Alkhous, Michael Landers, Cian Gibbons, Adam Burke, Alex Mitchell, Jack Meaney, Paddy O’Driscoll, Brian Carr, Denis O’Driscoll, Josh Aylmer.

PBC: Sé Clarke, Daniel Murphy, Daniel Mellerick, Charles Hill, Luke Neenan, Olan Healy, Frankie Og Sheahan; Diarmuid Sheehy, Joseph Healy, Fionn O’Sullivan, Olan Dillon, Cathal Bruhn, Conor McLoughlin, Cormac Bohan, Tom Murray.

Replacements: Ronan Twomey, Rory Cahill, Sam O’Leary, Daniel Ryan, Mikey Fitzgerald, Rian Macfarlane O’Shea, Dan O’Leary, Eddie Dooley, Michael Brown, Bobby O’Callaghan.

Referee: Tomás O’Sullivan.