Castletroy College's Evan O'Connell, nephew of former Munster, Ireland and Lions captain Paul, in action against Glenstal Abbey in the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup Picture: Dermot Lynch
CLINICAL Castletroy College powered their way into the second round of this season's Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup when recording a convincing 40-0 victory over local rivals Glenstal Abbey School at a foggy Markets Field this Thursday afternoon.
Castletroy's reward for this emphatic success is a Wednesday, February 5 meeting with PBC, of Cork, at Musgrave Park at 12.30pm. A stiffer test will lie ahead for the two-time Junior Cup winners next month on Leeside.
The winners racked up six tries in all against opponents who lacked for nothing in terms of industry or endeavour, but were powerless to halt the progress of their impressive opponents.
Castletroy stunned the Murroe side with four first half tries to build a significant 26-0 interval lead. There was much to admire about the winners enterprising, free-running approach during that opening half.
Taking a firm grip of the game from the first whistle, Castletroy were 19-0 to the good inside as many minutes.
WATCH: The @CastletroyC Junior Cup side greet their fans at full-time in their @ClaytonHotels Munster Schools Junior Cup first round win over Glenstal Abbey at the Markets Field #LLSport #MSJC @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/RXQQpBBpLH— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) January 23, 2020
Powerful number eight Evan O'Connell, a nephew of former Munster, Ireland Lions second-row Paul O'Connell, fleet-footed centre Stephen Kiely and influential flanker Max Hoare scored the opening three tries of the contest.
Talented sporting all-rounder Darragh Murray also landed three conversions, including the extras to Castletroy's fourth try, scored on the stroke of half-time by inside centre Aidan Ryan.
WATCH: One of Castletroy College's 6 tries from their Munster Schools Junior Cup first round win v Glenstal Abbey this afternoon at a foggy Markets Field #LLSport #MSJC @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/pglFrEkSYb— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) January 23, 2020
Glenstal Abbey needed a quick start to the second half if they were to somehow find a way back into the game. However, instead it was their opponents who struck for their fifth try of the contest five minutes after the restart when O'Connell powered his way over for his second of the game. Murray's successful conversion made it 33-0 and there was no way back now for the Murroe side.
WATCH: @CastletroyC convert their second try at a foggy Markets Field. They lead local rivals @GlenstalSchool 19-0 after 22 mins in @ClaytonHotels Munster Schools Junior Cup #LLSport #MSJC @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/y5LOUxLGSD— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) January 23, 2020
Castletroy added a sixth try through replacement Lee White, converted by John Donoghue, with 10 minutes to go to complete a comprehensive success.
Fourth try for @CastletroyC right on half time as the Newtown school lead local rivals @GlenstalSchool 26-0 at half-time in @ClaytonHotels Munster Schools Junior Cup first round at the Markets Field #LLSport #MSJC @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/ilSLndYdUv— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) January 23, 2020
Castletroy College: Darragh Murray; Ryan Beni, Stephen Kiely, Aidan Ryan, Paul O'Brien May; John Donohoe, Oisin Williams; Andrew Clinton, Sam Lynch, James Myers; Harvey Hogan, Kingsley Unachukwu; Max Hoare, Patrick Mulkern, Evan O'Connell. Replacements: Hugh Liston Ronan Bromell, Raiid Mouras, Lee White, Evan Lacey, Mark Murphy, Bobby Grehan, Olatokumbo Olatilewa, Kamil Brzezinski, Finn Durack.
Glenstal Abbey: Tom Ryan; William Cahir-Whelan, Nyoleme Agbanobi, Ke Burke-Young, Conor McCormack; Killian Brennan, Michael McDonagh; Harry Gleeson, Paddy Frawley, Jonathan Cunningham-Ash; Ciaran Woodcock, Conal Ó Murthuile; Garvan Woodcock, Diego Sun, Kieran Roche. Replacements: Alex Waller, Ronan Walshe, Oisin Portley, Bobby Kerr, Tom Breslin, John Twomey, Maximilien Japy, Grégoire Francois, Ian Supple, Harry Kenny.
Referee: Sean Moore (MAR)