GLENSTAL Abbey stunned holders Crescent College to book their place in the semi-finals of the SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup on the day Castletroy College bowed out of the competition at the hands of PBC, of Cork.
Glenstal were full value for their 6-3 win over a Crescent College side which was bidding to secure a third successive Munster Schools Senior Cup title this season.
Two penalty goals from the boot of out-half Jack Stafford steered Glenstal Abbey to a deserved success at Thomond Park. Crescent’s sole points came courtesy of a drop goal from out-half Dylan Sheehan which had levelled the game early in the second half.
Glenstal Abbey, coached by former Garryowen, Munster and Ireland scrum half Tom Tierney will enjoy home advantage for their semi-final clash with Rockwell College on the week of March 3-5.
In the opening game at Thomond Park, Castletroy College suffered a 22-15 defeat to PBC.
Despite a very bright start to the game, Castletroy trailed 17-3 at half-time and a fourth Pres’ try early in the second half left the Limerick side facing a 19-point deficit.
To their credit, Castletroy battled back strongly in the final quarter and tries from Niall O’Shea and hooker Mark O’Mara were just rewards for their battling efforts. Jamie Heuston added five points with the boot.
GLENSTAL ABBEY: Colm Hogan; Gordan Daly, Jamie McAleese, Tim Costigan (Capt), Sean O’Sullivan; Jack Stafford, Ryan Johnston; Ian Molloy, Matthew Ryan, Joe Hartnett; Alex Donohoe, Ben Clancy; Neilus Mulvihill, John Murphy, George O’Hara. Replacement: Dave Quane for Molloy.
CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE: Jack Harrington; Evan Moloney, Calvin Nash, Andrew Harrison, Billy O’Hora; Dylan Sheehan, Jack Lyons; Niall Mulcahy, Caolan Moloney (Capt), Brian Considine; Andrew Reeves, Geoffrey Coyne; Gary O’Sullivan, Peter Ian Hickey, Sean Fitzgerald. Replacements: Sean Hensey for Considine, Sean Naughton for Coyne, Matthew Hanley for Harrington, Anson Thai for Harrison, Daniel Hurley for Nash.
CASTLETROY COLLEGE: Tom Ryan, Colum Carroll, David Garry, Ronan McDonnell, Sean McBrearty; Jamie Heuston, Stephen Atkinson; Joey Conway, Mark O’Mara, Conor Myers; Mike Finucane, Sean English; Ronan Murphy (Capt), Niall O’Shea, David Rowsome. Replacements: Sean Fitzpatrick for Finucane, Shane Hogan for Ryan, Muiris Rowsome for McBrearty, Darragh O’Neill for Fitzpatrick.
Glenstal Abbey v Rockwell College
PBC v Ardscoil Ris
(Ties to be played week of March 3-5 with first named side having home advantage
Dates, venues and kick-off times to be confirmed later this week)