ÁRDSCOIL Rís booked their place in the semi-finals of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup after scoring an exciting 24-21 victory over holders Rockwell College at Thomond Park this Wednesday.
Árdscoil Rís laid the foundation for this victory in the opening half after which the Limerick side had built a significant 24-7 advantage.
The North Circular Road side, who claimed the second of their two Junior Cup wins in 2005, scored three tries in that opening half.
Árdscoil raced into an early 12-0 lead with tries from centre Harry Long and full-back Andrew Lyons. Long also converted his own try.
2019 Junior Cup winners Rockwell hit back with a try of their own from powerful number eight Jack Ryan, with Kian O'Reilly also adding the conversion.
Resilient Árdscoil Ris hit back strongly before half-time when adding their third try of the half from Scott Gleeson.
Good work from Adam Shawyer set up winger Alan Fitzgerald for Ardscoil's fourth try before the break to stretch their lead further.
The Limerick side didn't manage to add to their points tally in the second half, however.
Rockwell hit back with two tries in the second period from hooker Joseph Lawrence and Jock Fogarty, both converted by O'Reilly, to reduce Árdscoil's advantage to three points.
The resilient Limerick side, who had won all three of their group games in the round robin phase of the Junior Cup before Christmas, managed to retain their three-point lead until the final whistle.
ARDSCOIL RIS: Andrew Lyons; Harry Cowton, Sam Brown, Harry Long, Alan Fitzgerald; Brian O’Keefe, Evin Crowe; Emmet Calvey, Killian McNamara, James O’Mara; Adam Shawyer, Darragh Custy; Scott Gleeson, Jamie O’Mahony, Thomas Collins. Replacements: Joe Costelloe, Adam McMahon, Sam Higgins, Jake Higgins, Luke Murphy, Matthew Danaher, Alex Kennedy, Adam Jordan, Aaron Byrnes, Aaron Rush.
ROCKWELL COLLEGE: Zane Lynch; Mathuín Carey, Oisin O’Dwyer, Conor Neville, Sean Leahy; Kian O Reilly, Luca Fitzgerald; Ben Everard, Joseph Lawrence, Michael Richard Long; Conor Bowen, Cathal Brennan; Dillon Crowley, Jock Fogarty, Jack Ryan. Replacements: Liam O’Connor, Alex Harold-Barry, Will Bermingham, Tom O’Dea, Osato Ediale, Isaac McCarthy, Daragh Burns, Rory Flanagan, Charlie Barlow.