Quarter Finals of MSSC

Glenstal Abbey School played Rockwell College in the quarter final of the Munster Senior Schools Cup Rugby competition today Wednesday (01 Feb 17). Glenstal applied pressure early on in the game with Ronan Quinn threatening on the wing and some incisive running from Luke Fitzgerald.
After eight minutes Ben Healy scored a penalty. The wind was favourable to Rockwell but they failed to capitalise on it.
The Glenstal pack led by Rory Clarke, Sean Scanlon Garry, George Downing, Eoin Bergin, Conan O Sullivan, Shane Downes, Mark Walsh and Mark Fleming retained the ball excellently and dominated at the Lineout. Glenstal applied sustained pressure with good tackling from Tim Molony and Jamie Mawhinney.
After 24 Minutes Healy slotted another penalty. Rockwell conceded more penalties than Glenstal.
 Just before half time Quinn turned on the gas on the wing and scored an excellent try after dominant possession and clean ball presentation by the pack.
The score was 11-0 at half time to Glenstal. Rockwell then opted to run a number of penalties. Glenstal made better use of the wind in the second half and Healy was unlucky not to score a drop- kick. Jack O Mahony displayed some very good running lines and this was complimented by excellent passing by our scrum half Thanade McCoole.
George Downing continued with excellent throwing at the lineout. Glenstal continued to ring the changes and Henry Downing, Declan Floyd, James Fitzgerald, Padraig Mulligan, Aran Egan, Eoin Callaghan and Andrew Hogan all saw action to their credit which coppperfastened the win.
Hogan got on the end of an excellent passage of play to score a well worked try which Healy converted. Overall Glenstal used the possession and the wind well kicking in behind Rockwell which maintained the pressure on them. Mark Fleming was unlucky not to be awarded a try near the end. The final score was 18-0 to Glenstal and they deserved their victory against a team with a proud rugby tradition.
Special thanks to the cohort of Old Boys who made their way from Dublin to support Glenstal!  The semi final beckons.