GLENSTAL Abbey’s hopes of progressing to a first Munster Schools Senior Cup final in 45 years were ended by a powerful Rockwell College side in their semi-final showdown at Thomond Park this Wednesday.
Rockwell, who emerged winners on a 22-3 scoreline, will now face Ardscoil Ris in this season’s Senior Cup final at Thomond Park on St Patrick’s Day.
Despite an impressive first half showing, Glenstal Abbey still trailed 3-6 at half-time, with the Limerick side’s points coming courtesy of a penalty goal from the boost of out-half Jack Stafford.
Rockwell gained a firm grip on the game shortly after the re-start when the Tipperary side’s centre Lee Molloy scored their first try.
Glenstal, who had knocked holders Crescent College out in the previous round, were also unfortunate to lose influential out-half Stafford to injury for the start of the second half.
Two further penalty goals from the boot of Rockwell out-half Bill Johnston, brother of UL-Bohs player David, helped Rockwell stretch into a 17-3 lead.
Rockwell also added a late try through flanker Bryan McLaughlin to run out 22-3 winners.
SCORERS: Rockwell College: Lee Molloy, Bryan McLaughlin try each, Bill Johnston four pens. Glenstal Abbey: Jack Stafford pen.
ROCKWELL COLLEGE: Tom McHale; Shane Lanigan-Ryan (Diarmuid Gallagher), Lee Molloy, Conor Cashman, Kieran Moynihan (Jamie Stone), Bill Johnston, Daryl Egan (Josh Pickering); James Kendrick (Conor Beary), Ben Murray (Diarmuid Barron), Jack Tierney (Niall Campion); Sean O’Connor (Capt), Mikey Wilson; Tommy Anglim (Jack Binchy), Bryan McLaughlin, Mike Casey (John Power).
GLENSTAL ABBEY: Colm Hogan; Gordon Daly (Bobby Fleming), Jamie McAleese, Tim Costigan (Capt), Sean O’Sullivan (David Kenny); Jack Stafford (Michael Boland), Ryan Johnston; Ian Molloy (Dave Quane), Matthew Ryan (Paddy Molony), Joe Hartnett (Johnny Williams), Alex Donohoe (Rory Clarke), Ben Clancy; Neilus Mulvihill, John Murphy (Will McGann), George O’Hara.
REFEREE: Kieran Barry (IRFU)