Double joy for St Clement's College's Munster Schools Cup teams

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Double joy for St Clement's College's Munster Schools Cup teams

St Clement's College are one of six Limerick sides in the opening round of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cups

ST Clement’s College reached the first round proper of both the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior and Junior Cups after scoring qualifier wins over Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí in Cork this Tuesday.

St Clement’s rewards for their two victories in Wilton are first round Cup ties in both the Senior and Junior Cup with city rivals Crescent College Comprehensive in mid-January. The games are set to be played as a double header.

St Clement’s led Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí 12-0 at half-time in their Senior Cup qualifier. Full-back Evan Barrett and centre James Neville touched down for the Limerick side’s tries in the opening half with out-half John Bateman adding a conversion.

Number eight Shane Brosnahan added two further tries for Clement’s in the second period, while winger Adam Kiely also dotted down to bring the Limerick side’s try tally to five. Bateman added Clement’s remaining points with the boot in their 31-19 success.

The West Cork side hit back late on with two late tries.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Cup qualifier, St Clement’s had to fight back from a losing position in the second period before sealing a tense 15-10 victory also at PBC’s grounds in Wilton on Tuesday afternoon.

The Limerick side raced into an 8-0 lead against their Bantry opponents through a try from full-back Conor Galvin and a penalty goal from out-half Cian Casey.

Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí came storming back with 10 unanswered points to lead 10-8.

However, a second try from Galvin in the left corner two minutes from full-time, converted by Casey, edged the Limerick side to victory.

While St Clement’s can look forward to a first round clash with Crescent College Comprehensive, Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí will face another Limerick side, Ardscoil Ris in a play-off game to determine the final side to qualify for the first round.

ST CLEMENT’S College Senior Cup: Evan Barrett; Adam Kiely, Adam Marshall, James Neville, Alex Kiely; John Bateman, Evan Griffin; Aron Stacey, Adam Ahern, Colin Byrne; Alex Lloyd, David Bridgeman; Scott Duggan, Chris Heelan, Shane Brosnahan. Replacements: Damon Lee, Eoin Keenan-Quinn, Owen Coady, Craig O’Brien, Dylan Brosnan, Michael Kiely, Killian McCarthy, Aaron Walsh.

ST CLEMENT’S College Junior Cup: Conor Galvin; Desmond Cowhey, Gary O’Halloran, Ben Murphy, Liam Kelly, Cian Casey, Keith Punch; Ronan Madden, Shane Malone, Sean Farrell; Chima Ohanya, Jeffrey Rainsford; Tarkan Pinarci, Jason Murphy, Kian McGrath. Replacements: Adam McNamara, Noel Kinnane, Gerard McGrath, Jack McGarry, Adam Koyce, Sean-Patrick O’Halloran, Sean Clarke.

Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup

(First round draw)

CBC v Ardscoil Rís

Bandon Grammar v St Munchin’s College

PBC v Castletroy College

St Clement’s College v Crescent College Comprehensive

Glenstal Abbey v Rockwell College