WATCH: Resilient St Munchin's College stun PBC to reach Munster Schools Junior Cup semi-final

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent, Markets Field

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St Munchin's College

Action from St Munchin's College's Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final with PBC, of Cork at the Markets Field this Tuesday

RESILIENT St Munchin's College powered into the semi-finals of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup after scoring a stunning 10-5 quarter-final win over Cork heavyweights PBC at the Markets Field this Tuesday.

St Munchin's reward for this well-deserved success is a semi-final showdown with local rivals Ardscoil Ris at Thomond Park on Wedesday, March 4 at 2pm.

This was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes by the remarkably resilient Corbally side who had suffered a 40-0 thumping at the hands of CBC, of Cork, in their previous outing in the Junior Cup at the start of the month.

However, St Munchin's made the very most of the second chance afforded them in the competition as a result of their top-two finish in their group in the round robin phase of the new-look Junior Cup played out before Christmas.

St Munchin's will be bidding to reach the Junior Cup decider for the third successive year next week, following their memorable 2018 victory over CBC and defeat to Rockwell College in last year's final.

PBC led 5-0 at half-time after second row Jacob Sheahan powered over for a 21st minute try from close range.

The Cork side failed to add the conversion, but maintained their five-point advantage until the interval.

Indeed, had it now been for some tenacious St Munchin's defence during that opening 30 minutes, a threatening Pres' side might well have been further ahead at the break.

Just five points in arrears at half-time, St Munchin's remained very much in the contest and confidence levels among both the players and supporters rose as the second period wore on.

Back came resilient St Munchin's College in second period, and a 40th minute try from impressive number eight Oisin Minogue drew the Corbally side level. 

Oisin is a son of former Ireland women's international Rosie Foley.

St Munchin's then hit the front when out-half Cillian O'Connor added the conversion for 7-5.

Each and every member of the St Munchin's side, including their substitutes paid a significant role in a famous win for the Limerick side. The likes of hooker Sean Rice, second-row Mark Walsh, scrum-half Gordon Wood, son of former Munster, Ireland and Lions hooker Keith Wood, and centre Conor McCarthy were especially prominent.

Among the replacements introduced for St Munchin's College was Anthony Foley, son of former Munster head coach, the late Anthony Foley.

Out-half O'Connor then showed admirable composure five minutes from full time when landing a crucial penalty goal as the weather closed in with howling wind and hail sweeping across the Garryowen venue.

St Munchin's maintained their five-point advantage until full time to spark scenes of great celebrations among their ecstatic group of supporters at full-time.

St Munchin's College: Oisin Pepper; Josh McCarthy Burbage, Adam Cusack, Conor McCarthy, Eoin Walsh; Cillian O'Connor, Gordon Wood; Eoin  Sarsfield, Sean Rice, Conor Ward; Mark Walsh, Alex Finn; Danny Williamson, Harry Bennis, Oisin Minogue. Replacements: Ben McCarthy, Charlie Deedigan, Peter Dougan, Anthony Foley, Rian Burke, Ben Quane, Joseph Noonan, Azad Mohamad, Eoin McGurian, Rory McDermott.

Presentation Brothers College: Adam Twomey; Sean Condon,  Aodhan Cooke, Scott Sexton, Ronan Dwyer; Rian O’Donoghue, Oscar Nagle; Fionn Roussel, Danny Sheahan, Finn Cowhig; Jacob Sheahan, Casey Ford; Thomas McCarthy, Cillian Twomey, Rory O'Shaughnessy. Replacements: Paul O’Halloran, Peter Wall, Alex Davenport, Reuban Skuse, Joe McNamara, James Wixted, Jamie Barry, Ben O'Connor,  Tom Coughlan, Charlie Neville, Michael O'Sullivan.

Referee: Niall Kendall (MAR).