JCT V St Munchins

Glenstal Abbey School played St Munchins College in the second play off stage of the Munster Schools Junior Rugby Cup at the University of Limerick (UL) today (26/01/17).
 
Munchins started well and finished with a try within the first few minutes. In fairness Glenstal regrouped with a penalty from the boot of Ruairi Woodcock. The Glenstal pack worked well under sustained pressure from Munchins with Matthew Cannon, Donagh Hyland, Cormac Frawley, Keith Floyd, Tom Rooney, Adam White and Niall Queally leading the charge. Munchins scored another try ten minutes in and the score would stay this way until the second half. Ruairi Woodcock relieved the pressure with some good clearance kicks. Marcus Esmonde and Taylor Gleeson played solidly throughout and Aidan Booth played a nice rubber kick through which nearly bore fruit. Glenstal continued to work hard but were unfortunate as Max Downing received a yellow card as the half drew to a close.
 
In the second half both Queally and especially Downing made some great carries deep into Munchins territory and were unlucky not to be awarded a disallowed try. William Twomey and Cian O Farrell combined well throughout the match. Darragh Hanley also helped bring the fight to Munchins in attack. Munchins withheld the Glenstal onslaught and managed to score a third try fifteen minutes into the second half.
Glenstal fought valiantly but playing against the wind in the second half was always going to be a challenge and Munchins finished with a fourth try. Seamus Kerrisk came on as a sub which bodes well for the future.The final score was 20-3. Overall Glenstal’s performance was a marked improvement from the St Clements match and the team should be proud of how they represented the school.