THE Munster ‘A’ side’s hopes of making it through to the knock-out stages of the British and Irish Cup received a blow on Friday night when Peter Malone’s side suffered a disappointing 17-7 defeat to Plymouth Albion at Brickfields.
The defeat has seen Munster A slip four points behind Plymouth ahead of their return fixture at the Waterford RSC on this Friday night at 7.30pm.
On a positive note Friday night’s game at Brickfields saw a welcome return to action for Munster back-row forward Tommy O’Donnell, who was introduced as a replacement early in the second half. O’Donnell had been out of action since September with a knee injury.
Munster ‘A’ trailed Plymouth 10-7 at the break and a Tom Bowen try for Plymouth midway through the second half wrapped up the win for Albion.
Out-half Dan Mugford kicked his side in front on 21 minutes when landing a penalty goal
A try from Albion’s Fijian back-row forward Sam Matavesi, converted by Mugford saw the home side move 10-0 to the good.
Munster A fought back before the break and Garryowen winger Ronan O’Mahony touched down, with Johnny Holland kicking the conversion.
Ian Nagle was sin-binned shortly after the restart and Albion moved further clear when winger Bowen touched down with 20 minutes left.
Former Munster player, Limerickman Declan Cusack, who came on as a replacement, added the conversion to seal a 10-point win for the home side.
SCORERS - Plymouth Albion: Sam Matavesi, Tom Bowen try each, Dan Mugford pen, con, Declan Cusack con. Munster A: Ronan O’Mahony Try, Johnny Holland con.
PLYMOUTH ALBION – Ben Woods, Tom Bowen, Heath Stevens, Pale Nonu, Jamie Davies, Dan Mugford, Ruairi Cushion Capt, Tom Harrison, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Lloyd Fairbrother, Ien Ascroft-Leigh, Brett Beukeboom, Sean-Michael Stephen, Sam Matavesi, Herbie Stupple Replacements: Max Crumpton, Ben Rogers, Dave Morton, Rob Langley, Declan Cusack, Paul Rowley, Chris Elder.
MUNSTER ‘A’ – Rory Scannell; Luke O’Dea, Cian Bohane, Ivan Dineen, Ronan O’Mahony; Johnny Holland, Duncan Williams; Alan Cotter, Niall Scannell. John Ryan; Dave Foley, Ian Nagle; Dave O’Callaghan, Ryan Murphy, Shane Buckley. Replacements: Tommy O’Donnell for Murphy (48 mins), Darren O’Shea for Foley (61 mins), Niall Kenneally for O’Dea (68 mins), Brian Scott for Cotter (70 mins), Gerry Hurley for Duncan Williams (78 mins).