ICE cool second row Darragh Frawley proved the UL-Bohs hero as his terrific late, late conversion from close to the touchline sealed a dramatic 13-11 ODM Munster Senior Cup semi-final victory over city rivals Young Munster at Annacotty on Saturday.
Frawley, a Munster Schools Senior Cup winner with Castletroy College four years ago, showed admirable composure to add the extras to a smashing individual try scored by his former schoolmate Darren Moroney.
Twenty three-year-old Frawley took over the kicking duties when the home side’s out half Ben Martin went off injured at the start of the second half. The towering 6’ 6”, 18-stone, second row also kicked two second half penalty goals and hit the upright on two further occasions as UL-Bohs’ came back from an 11-0 half-time deficit to edge the outcome.
UL-Bohs will now aim to win the Cup for the first time in 50 years when they lock horns with Cork Con in this season’s decider at a Cork venue on Saturday, November 24.
Head coach Colm Tucker will be pleased that the win was secured despite the absence of a number of their contracted players who were on duty with Munster, including the likes of JJ Hanrahan, Sean Henry, Tommy O’Donnell, Dave Foley and Cathal Sheridan.
2009 winners Munsters’ had looked a good bet to overturn their Limerick Charity Cup final defeat to their hosts, with their significant half-time lead earned courtesy of a Mike Madden try and two penalties from their Munster U-20 scrum-half Brian Haugh.
Both sides should benefit from the competitive, intense nature of the game ahead of the recommencement of the AIL on Saturday next when UL-Bohs travel to Dublin to face Clontarf and Young Munster meet Cork Con at Temple Hill.
Afterwards match winner Frawley said: “It was 11-11. Maybe the pressure wasn’t on me. My focus when I was putting the ball down was to put it between the posts and thankfully it went through,” UL student Frawley said.
“I played a seconds game on Monday night against Garryowen in Dooradoyle and I had kicked four from four until I had a chance with the last kick of the game to win the match and I missed it. It was nice to come back from that, exorcise the demons.
“I have been kicking for as long as I remember. I have a bit of a GAA background with St Patrick’s.”
SCORERS – UL-Bohemian: Darren Moroney try, Darragh Frawley two pens, one con. Young Munster: Mike Madden try, Brian Haugh two pens.
UL-BOHEMIAN – Darren Moroney; Finbarr Ryan, Martin McPhail, Mossie Lawler, Rory Whyte; Ben Martin, Tim Rafferty; Alex Simpson, Eddie Rossiter, Gary Walsh; Ed Kelly (Capt), Darragh Frawley; Conor Kindregan, Ian Condell, Sean Rennison. Replacements: John Sutton, Tom Burke, Will O’Brien, Brian Walsh, Jack O’Donoghue, Derek Farrell, Rob Buckley.
YOUNG MUNSTER – Declan Bannon; Dom Lespierre, Mark Doyle, Lukas Kuntz, Darragh O’Neill; Gareth Quinn-McDonogh, Brian Haugh; Ger Flaherty, Ger Burke, Hugh McGrath (Capt); Mike Madden, Darren Gallagher; Colin Liston, Gearoid Phelan, Mark Rowley. Replacements: Cathal O’Connor, Darragh Cantillon, Pat Fitzgerald, Luke Russell, Mike Prendergast, Craig O’Hanlon, Derry O’Connor.
REFEREE – Frank Butler (IRFU)