Holders Glenstal exit Munster Schools Senior Cup at hands of Bandon Grammar

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, at Thomond Park


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, at Thomond Park



Holders Glenstal exit Munster Schools Senior Cup at hands of Bandon Grammar

Line-out action from Glenstal Abbey's Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final replay clash with Bandon Grammar School at Thomond Park

GLENSTAL Abbey School's reign as Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup champions was ended by a comprehensive 31-14 defeat to a clinical Bandon Grammar School side in their quarter-final replay played at Thomond Park this Tuesday afternoon.

The West Cork side outscored their opponents by four tries to two to reach their second Senior Cup semi-final in three seasons.

Bandon Grammar might have been disappointed to have been reeled in in the drawn fixture, but they made the best possible start to the replay when impressive out-half and captain Jack Crowley dotted down following a scrum for the West Cork side deep inside the Glenstal '22. Crowley also duly converted his own try for a 7-0 lead.

To their credit, Glenstal Abbey fought back strongly and drew level with a fine try from winger Dan O'Mahony.

An excellent conversion from the captain Caolan Dooley tied up the scores at 7-7.

However, Bandon Grammar dominated the remainder of the opening half, led by their excellent back-row trio of John and Niall Beamish and the tireless Jason Connolly.

A 24th minute try from second-row Joshua Brady, converted by Crowley, saw the West Cork side regain the upperhand and a 14-7 lead.

Bandon had doubled that advantage  by half-time when highly influential flanker Connolly dotted down after a period of concerted pressure.

Crowley's conversion stretched the advantage to 14 points at half-time.

Whatever hopes Glenstal had of producing a storming second half comeback were effectively ended when Crowley kicked a penalty goal three minutes after the restart.

Full-back Taylor Gleeson finished a terrific Glenstal move to give Glenstal a slight glimmer with Dooley again adding the conversion.

However, Bandon secured their semi-final date with PBC when Crowley struck for his second try of the game late on.

SCORERS: Bandon Grammar School: Jack Crowley try, pen, four cons, Moses Lynn, Jason Connolly try each. Glenstal Abbey School: Dan O'Mahony, Taylor Gleeson try each, Caolan Dooley two cons. 

BANDON GRAMMAR SCHOOL: Soren Minihane; Thomas Beare, Joshua D'Alton, Bruce Matthews,  Harry Hall; Jack Crowley (Capt), Ciaran Roberts; David Ogden, Michael Archer, Conor Heaney; Moses Lynn, Joshua Brady; Jason Connolly, John Beamish, Niall Beamish. Replacements: Brian O'Donnell, Alex O'Connor, Christopher Coomey, Nicholas Greene, Sam Golden, Rowan Palmer, Robert O'Connor.

GLENSTAL ABBEY: Taylor Gleeson; Daniel O'Mahony, Harry Benner, William Twomey, Emmet Aylward; Caolan Dooley (Capt), Brian Leonard; Donagh Hyland, Matthew Lynch, John Ashe; Tiernan Ryan, Cormac Frawley; Scott McKeown, Eoghan Fitzgerald, Niall  Queally. Replacements: Matthew Cannon, Seamus Kerrisk, Maxwell Downing, Angus McDonald, Daragh Butler, Marcus Esmonde, Cian O'Farrell, Darragh Hanly, Aidan Booth, Ruairi Woodcock.

REFEREE Joy Neville (MAR)