Garryowen are through to the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup
HOLDERS Garryowen booked their place in the semi-finals of this season’s Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup after scoring a dramatic 26-23 come-from-behind win over local rivals Young Munster at Dooradoyle on Friday night.
Garryowen’s grip on the famous old trophy looked to be slipping after Munsters’ raced into a significant 16-0 lead after 28 minutes.
The Greenfields side had a try from debutant scrum-half Stephen Kerins on six minutes, while new out-half Clayton Stewart added a conversion and three penalty goals.
Conan Doyle’s side did hit back with two penalty goals from centre Peader Collins just before half-time to trail 6-16 at the break.
And a try from a well-executed maul soon after the restart reduced Munsters’ lead to 16-11.
However, a smashing try from flanker Daniel Walsh, converted by Stewart, had the visitors, who were playing their first competitive fixture of the season, 23-11 to the good after the hour mark.
While Young Munster failed to score in the final quarter, Garryowen racked up 15 unanswered points, including two tries, one a crucial intercept effort from Collins, while the same player kicked the decisive match-winning penalty goal in the 76th minute.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.