Ardscoil Ris see off St Munchin's in dramatic clash

Ardscoil Ris see off St Munchin's in dramatic clash

ARDSCOIL RIS, finalists for the past two seasons, booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Munster Schools Senior Cup with a dramatic 18-15 win over local rivals St Munchin's College at Clifford Park on Thursday.

An injury time try from centre Pa Ryan, converted by out-half Conor Fitzgerald, saw favourites Ardscoil Ris edge out their spirited opponents before a large crowd of supporters.

St Munchin's led 12-11 at half-time, thanks to four penalty goals from the reliable boot of out-half Jason Kiely. The Ardscoil first half points came courtesy of an Evan Cusack try mid-way through the half and two Fitzgerald penalty goals.

A fifth Kiely penalty goal had St Munchin's 15-11 to the good as the clock ticked into added time, but Ryan's dramamtic try in the third minute of stoppage time saw Ardscoil Ris secure a dramatic victory.

While Ardscoil Ris are through to the quarter-finals on the back of this win, St Munchin's College can join them by beating Bandon Grammar School in a play-off game.

Meanwhile, St Munchin's College booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Munster Schools Junior Cup earlier in the day in Greenfields with a convincing 19-3 first round victory local rivals Ardscoil Ris.

Clinical St Munchin's laid the foundation for this victory in the opening half after which the home side led 12-3.

The Corbally side had first half tries from Evan Sheehan-O'Donnell and impressive out-half Jude Marlo Pendejito who also converted the first five pointer.

Ardscoil's Adam McNamara kick his side's only points with a 28th minute penalty.

St Munchin's wrapped up the win late on when  when winger Joshua O'Neill touched down after the opening was created by out-half Pendejito.

While St Munchin's are through to the quarter-finals, Ardscoil can still make the last eight of the Junior Cup through to the last eight by beating St Clement's College.