Line-out action from the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup group game between Castletroy College and Árdscoil Rís in Castletroy on Friday afternoon
ÁRDSCOIL Ris claimed the bragging rights over local rivals Castletroy College with a 10-0 victory in their Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup Group A fixture played at Castletroy on Friday afternoon.
There was little between the sides for much of the hour's play. However, Árdscoil Ris' greater composure in the attack zone proved the difference between the Limerick rivals on the day.
Both sides were guilty of committing their fair share of handling errors and mistakes as one might expect, given the greasy nature of the playing conditions and the fact that it was their first competitive fixture of the new season.
There was no shortage of endeavour or industry from either set of players, but they lacked that little bit of composure at crucial stages of the keenly-contested fixture.
Both sides are sure to improve as a result of having their opening group game now under their belts.
Árdscoil Rís enjoyed the lions share of possession and territory in the opening half. Despite some tenacious tackling from the home side, the visitors deservedly led 7-0 at half-time.
The crucial score of the half arrived after 20 minutes. From a line-out inside the Castletroy '22, Ardscoil Rís won clean possession and with the referee playing penalty advantage after the visiting side's well-executed driving maul was illegally brought to ground, the ball was quickly spun out across the line when centre Scott White collected possession, before spinning out of a tackle and powering his way over the tryline.
Highly influential out-half Harry Long duly added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Playing down the hill in the second half, Castletroy College enjoyed the upperhand, both in terms of possession and territory. Despite excellent showings from the likes of Evan O'Connell, nephew of former Munster, Ireland and Lions player Paul O'Connell in the pack, and lively full-back Stephen Kiely, the home side struggled to convert possession into points.
Inside centre Darragh Murray was halted inside the Ardscoil Ris '22 after a fine break up the left wing. Ardscoil Ris' defence was resolute throughout as the visitors tackled tenaciously even after being reduced to 14 players for a time due to a sin-binning.
Ardscoil made the game safe in the 58th minute when out-half Long added a penalty goal to kick the visitors into a two-score advantage.
Teams in this year's new-look Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup are divided into two groups, Group A and Group B, and play a round-robin series of fixtures before the knock-out stages, scheduled for January 2020.
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In the Junior Cup competition, Crescent College Comprehensive and St Munchin’s are in Group A along with FArdscoil Ris and Castletroy College, while Christian Brothers College Cork, Bandon Grammar School, Rockwell College, Presentation Brothers College, and Glenstal Abbey School form Group B.
Crescent College Comprehensive defeated Limerick rivals St Munchin’s College 24-17 in an exciting Group A fixture in Dooradoyle on Wednesday. The game produced no fewer than six tries, three to each side.
On Wednesday, November 6, Árdscoil Ris will host Crescent College Comprehensive in the second round of Group A fixtures, while on Friday, November 8, St Munchin's College entertain Castletroy College in Corbally.
ÁRDSCOIL Rís Junior Cup Squad 2019/2020: Thomas Collins*, Harry Cowton, Evin Crowe, Darragh Custy, Matthew Danaher, Alan Fitzgerald, Scott Gleeson, Sam Higgins, Jake Higgins, Adam Jordan, Harry Long*, Robert Lynch, Andrew Lyons, Adam McMahon, Killian McNamara, Aaron McNamara, Brian O’Keefe, Jamie O’Mahony*, James O’Mara*, Ciaran Pearl-McInerney, Aaron Rush, Adam Shawyer, David Varela, Scott White, Alex Breathnach, James Cronin, Savero Kara, Aidan Kearney, Edward McGrath, Adam McNamara, Alan Roche, Lee Ryan, Josh Smith, Liam Talbot, Sam Brown, Sam Connolly, Jo Costello, Luke Murphy, Emmett Calvey, Sean O’Sullivan, Mark Kelly.
Coaching Team: Roy Whelan (Forwards coach); Evan Cusack (Backs Coach); Craig Casey (Backs and Skills Coach), Keith Higgins (Forwards Coach); Tommy O’ Hora (Conditioner); Seamus Kelly (Manager); Darragh Kennedy (Physio).
CASTLETROY College Junior Cup Squad 2019/2020: Kamil Brezinski; Ronan Bromell; Andrew Clinton ; Ryan Djiopang; John Donohue; Max Hoare; Harvey Hogan; Stephen Kiely; Hughie Liston; Sam Lynch; Raid Mouras; Patrick Mulkern; Darragh Murray; James Myers; Paul O’Brien May; Evan O’Connell; Jack Roche; Gavin Rowsome; Aidan Ryan; Oisin Toland; Kingsley Unachukwu; Oisin Williams; Elyas Bernis; Ross Collopy; Finn Durack; Bobby Grehan; Cody Murphy; Tristan Ryan; Evan Lacey; Mark Murphy.
Coaches: Conor Keyes, Martin Burke, Kenny Smith, Ron Hogan; Physio: David Rowsome; S&C: Con Butler; Conor Igoe; Conor White.