FAVOURITES Ardscoil Ris had to survive a stiff test from city rivals St Munchin’s College before securing a precious 21-13 victory in their Munster Schools Senior Cup first round tie played at a wet and windy Thomond Park this Wednesday.
Ardscoil Ris’ reward for their hard-earned win is a quarter-final meeting with pre-competition favourites CBC, of Cork, on the week of February 10-12.
Last year’s beaten finalists Ardscoil were grateful for theie excellent start to the game as a gritty St Munchin’s College side fought back bravely.
Ardscoil led 12-0 after 20 minutes, through an intercept try from Peader Collins and another five-pointer from his centre partner Jack O’Donnell. Out-half Conor Fitzgerald, who featured for the Limerick minor hurlers last year, added one conversion.
St Munchin’s trailed 6-12 at the break as two sweetly struck penalty goals from scrum-half Briain Bennett got them back in the game.
Fitzgerald added a penalty goal for Ardscoil soon after the re-start to stretch his side’s lead. However, St Munchin’s stormed back and a try from prop Peter Meyer, converted by Bennett, reduced Ardscoil’s lead to 15-13.
Ardscoil finished the game strongly and two further penalty goals from Fitzgerald guided his side to a 21-13 victory.
St Munchin’s Cup hopes remain very much alive despite this defeat. The Corbally side will take on Rockwell College in a repeat of the 2012 final at the quarter-final stage.
SCORERS: Ardscoil Ris: Peader Collins, Jack O’Donnell try each, Conor Fitzgerald three pens, con. St Munchin’s: Peter Meyer try, Briain Bennett two pens, con.
ARDSCOIL RIS: Darren Gavin; Liam Brock, Jack O’Donnell, Peader Collins, Marcus McMenamy; Conor Fitzgerald, Hugh Bourke; Pierce Lyons, Ty Chan (capt), Tom Walsh; Barra O’Byrne, Ronan Coffey; Oisin Bernard, Jerry McCabe, Darragh Ryan. Replacements used: Evan Cusack for Gavin, Nathan Randles for Brock, Ian Brown for McCabe. Not used: Andy Coffey, Jack Sexton, Stephen MonaghanConor Cannon, Diarmuid Scannell, Luke Moylan, Pa Ryan.
SY MUNCHIN’S COLLEGE: Marcus Browne; Matthew Lyons, Evan O’Connor, Josh O’Curry, Jonathan O’Hanlon; Jason Kiely, Briain Bennett; Peter Meyer, Jordan Prendiville, Emmet O’Callaghan; Shane Corbett, Liam O’Dwyer; Adam Moloney, Charlie Carmody, John Foley (Capt). Replacements used: James Burke for Carmody, Corey Wells for O’Callaghan, Aaron Fitzgerald for Corbett, Aaron Rice for Kiely, Sean Kelly for Browne. Not used: Keelan mcMahon, Conor Radcliffe, Adam Guerin, Adam Rice.
REFEREE: Mark Connolly (IRFU)