YOUNG Munster powered their way into the quarter-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup thanks to a convincing 25-6 victory over Thomond at Clifford Park on Friday night.
Munsters’ prize for this 19-point win is a quarter-final clash with the winners of next Saturday’s first round clash of UL-Bohemian and Cashel at Annacotty.
After John Lillis had kicked Thomond into an early 3-0 lead, the home side responded with a penalty try which David O’Mahony converted.
However, Lillis responded with Thomond’s second penalty to cut Munsters’ lead to a point, 7-6.
Munsters’ regained the initiative when a quickly taken tap penalty saw Diarmuid McCarthy race away for a great solo try. And David Corkery’s side were 15-6 in front at half-time when David O’Mahony added a further penalty goal.
Tries from the in-form Darragh O’Neill and James O’Connor for Young Munster in the third quarter put the game beyond Thomond.
YOUNG MUNSTER: Craig O’Hanlon; Diarmaid McCarthy, James O’Connor, Mark Doyle, Darragh O’Neill; David O’Mahony, Gary Fitzgerald; David Begley, Shane Fenton, Benjamin Betts; Tom Goggin, Alan Kennedy; Alan Ross, Diarmuid Dee, Darren Ryan. Replacements: Ger Slattery, Pater Meyer, Yasin Browne, Paul Downes, Cian Clohessy.
THOMOND: Cian Coady; Eoin O’Carroll, Daragh Hartery, John Lillis, David Broderick; Kevin O’Mahony, Wayne Mullaney; Aleksander Slijepeevic, Eugene Payne, Timothy Relihan; Colin Liston, Eoghan Cunnane; Fintan Cross, David O’Halloran, Mike McMahon. Replacements: Geoff O’Donohue, Darragh Fitzgerald, James DeLacey, Dean Cronin, Richard Ryan.