MSSC Semi-Final



Glenstal took on Ardscoil Rís in a thrilling semi final match at Thomond Park today.  

Final Score: Glenstal 21     Ardscoil Rís 20

Glenstal are now through to the MSSC final on March 17th for the first time in 47 years  when they will meet Presentation Brothers College.

Match Report

This Munster Senior School’s Rugby Semi Final was all about achieving a favourable result and Glenstal Abbey School achieved that. The match versus Ard Scoil in Thomond Park on thursday the 2nd of March 2017 started off at a frantic pace with Jack O Mahony going over for a try after 2 minutes. Glenstal heaped on the pressure and moved the ball at pace. Mark Fleming and Luke Fitzgerald took the battle to Ard Scoil with some strong running. Midway through the first half George Downing went over for well worked try. After roughly 20 minutes Luke Fitzgerald scored another try after excellent link up play with Ronan Quinn.
Ben Healy continued to kick for territory and put Ard Scoil under pressure. Little did we know that Glenstal would not score again for the remainder of the match. Five minutes from half time Ard Scoil scored a try and converted it, as well as scoring an excellent drop goal which left the score at 21-10 to Glenstal. Early in the second half Glenstal conceded a penalty which Ard Scoil converted. Rory Clarke was unlucky to receive a yellow card but Ard Scoil didn’t score in his absence and then one of their players received a yellow card. Ben Healy was unlucky when his excellently kicked penalty hit the post. Glenstal conceded a few more penalties and Ard Scoil scored and converted another try to make it 21-20 to Glenstal 22 mins into the second half. Glenstal put up a stout defence for the remainder of the match and executed excellent line speed overall. Mark Walsh and Andrew Hogan came on as substitutes and did their part along with the rest of the team.
This was nail biting stuff for the remaining 10 mins of the match but Glenstal retained their composure. It was fantastic to see so many Glenstal old boys at the match particularly some from the 1970 team when Glenstal last made it to a final among them Billy Gabbett and team mates. This was an excellent team performance and huge credit is deserved by the Head Coach Sean Skehan, Assistant Coaches Tom Hayes, Lee Nicholas and Nick Miller. 
We look forward to the Final on St Patrick’s Day where once more Ravens will fly together!!!


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