YOUNG Munster set up a Munster Cup quarter-final showdown with Shannon thanks to a comfortable 38-6 win over UCC on Saturday.
Choosing to play in the first half with the strong wind that blew from the pavilion end and gathered pace as it drove straight down the middle of the Tom Clifford Park pitch last Saturday proved to be a good call for Young Munster in this ODM Munster Senior Cup game.
Four penalties, a try and conversion from home out-half Willie Staunton put ‘Munsters’ into a 19-6 half-time lead and when they tagged on a second try five minutes after the re-start, Gerry Slattery forcing his way over, their place in the next round was almost guaranteed.
College looked positive in the opening stages but few visitors to this venue, who rely solely on their pack to make yardage, reap success. The home eight soaked up the pressure without conceding a touchdown and the penalty and drop goal from the boot of out-half Cormac O’Flynn on the 23rd and 37th minutes were to be the Cork side’s only reward.
This was Young Munster’s third win on the trot but their assistant coach John Broderick was not totally satisfied with the performance: “We are still miles off the standard for AIL division one A. We are not going to make a serious assault on that title if we concede the number of penalties that we gave away today and our execution also left a lot to be desired. On the plus side, it was great to see Mike Prendergast back after a year out with that knee injury while games like these give us a chance to blood young players in competitive fixtures.”
Coasting at 26-6 with 30 minutes remaining, the black and ambers cut loose in the closing stages with the outstanding Willie Staunton scoring a second try before limping off after a collision with fellow player Darren Gallagher while Darragh O’Neill’s interception saw the left winger score his third try in two games right at the death.
YOUNG MUNSTER: Harry de Stackpoole; Craig O’Hanlon, Matt Costelloe, Lucas Kunz, Darragh O’Neill; Willie Staunton, Declan Bannon; Ger Flaherty, Ger Burke, Donal Murphy; John Griffin, John Moroney; Shane Hassett, James O’Neill, Neville Melbourne. Replacements: Ger Slattery, Hugh McGrath, Darren Gallagher, Mark Rowley, Mark Doyle, Mike Prendergast, Andrew Burke.