Schoosl rugby - St Munchin’s book semi-final spot

Aidan Corr

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Aidan Corr

St Munchin's David Begley charges the Rockwell defence with Jimmy Feehan in support
ST Munchin’s have booked their place in the semi-finals of the Munster Senior Cup with a23-10 winn over Rockwell College this Wednesday afternoon in the St Marys club grounds.

ST Munchin’s have booked their place in the semi-finals of the Munster Senior Cup with a23-10 winn over Rockwell College this Wednesday afternoon in the St Marys club grounds.

IF St Munchins can reproduce a performance like this they could very well be lifting silverware on St Patrick’s Day.

This was a most competent 70-minutes from the Corbally side - their set-piece was faultless, their maul most effective and their back row of Tom O’Dwyer, Ben Kilkenny and John Foley were dominant.

The outcome of the game was never in doubt after St Munchin’s led 9-3 at the break.

Alan Wallace kicking three fine penalties, with Aidan `Moynihan replying with a single penalty for the County Tipperary side. St Munchins added to their tally five minutes into the second half with a fourth Alan Wallace penalty.

In the 53rd minute their outstanding No7 Ben Kilkenny went over for their try after sustained pressure.

Rockwell responded immediately when Rory Horgan made a wonderful break down the centre and right wing Willie Coffey forced his way over.

Moynihan landed the conversion and the revival looked possible.

Then some wonderful play by wing Mike Devanney when he fielded a kick and turned sharply to race down the field 30-metres set up a further three points to ease the tension. Alan Wallace landed the penalty and then the out half capped a fine display when he dropped a goal to seal the win.

Afterwards a happy St Munchin’s coach Gerry Slattery praised his side.

“I am so proud of their effort but there is a lot of work still to be done,” he said.

ST MUNCHINS: Bobby Price; Mike Devanney, Edward O’Keeffe, Shane Halpin, Shane Doona; Alan Wallace, Ryan Meagher; Peter Meyler, Luke O’Halloran, Brendan Keogh; David Begley, Nathan Nugent; Tom O’Dwyer, Ben Kilkenny, John Foley. Replacements: George Prendiville, Adam Moloney, Corey Wells, Liam O’Dwyer, Stephen Collins, Adam Guerin, Josh O’Curry, Kealan Stephenson.

ROCKWELL COLLEGE: Liam Casey; Willie Coffey, Rory Horgan, Aidan Moynihan, Alan McMahon; Bill Johnson, Jake O’Mahony; Brendan Quinlan, Luke Hickey, David O’Dwyer, Sean O’Connor, John Power; Bryan McGlaughlin, Jimmy Feehan, Tommy Anglim. Replacements: Jack Bolger, Niall Campion, Jack Tierney, Jack Binchy, Mikey Wilson, Ben Reilly, Lee Molloy, Kieran Moynihan.