Christians prove too good for St Munchins in schools junior cup

Christians prove too good for St Munchins in schools junior cup
CBC’s Billy O'Riordan scores a tryMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

CBC 40 

St Munchin's 0

CHRISTIANS took the lead from their great rivals, PBC, to also record a comprehensive victory over Limerick opponents in the Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Junior Cup at Musgrave Park this afternoon.

They, too, crossed for six tries in a strong declaration of intent, more than hinting that the Cork rivals are the teams to beat in pursuit of ultimate glory.

Out-half Ben Lynch brought his kicking boots to land five of his six conversions, including a superb effort from the right with his third successful kick.

When referee Chris Harrington finally called a halt, almost nine minutes into stoppage time, it left CBC with a home semi-final and St Munchin's facing the daunting prospect of trying to stop the other Cork juggernaut in their efforts to reach the last-four.

At least, the Shannonsiders will be at home on the next occasion, one of the benefits of doing well in the new format of a round-robin seeding tournament earlier in the season.

Christians finished top of their group by winning all four games, defeating Pres 10-5, Rockwell College 33-10, Glenstal Abbey 28-10 and Bandon Grammar School 24-10.

Teams in either first or second places in their groups get to play a back-door game should they lose their first-round game in the cup proper.

In the other section, Árdscoil Rís were the most successful school as they ended with a 100% record followed by St Munchin's, Crescent College Comprehensive and Castletroy in that order.

Árdscoil were also in action against Rockwell at Thomond Park yesterday, winning 24-21 in a thriller to ensure a home semi-final against a quarter-final winner.

Conditions were ideal in Cork and on the 3G pitch there was plenty scope for players to express themselves which Christians availed of to St Munchin's detriment.

And there was a return of Christians' supporters, too, following their stint in the sin-bin and missing out on the senior action last week.

CBC’s Jack Casey and Rory McDermott of St Munchin'sMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane
CBC’s Jack Casey and Rory McDermott of St Munchin'sMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

The Cork side couldn't have wished for a better start as St Munchin's fumbled the kick-off and they showed sound handling skills and support play to send second-row David Novak through for the opening try.

His identical twin brother, Kamil, completes the second-row pairing in a team featuring many sons of former past-pupils and players.

Try number two came within six minutes as the ball flashed along the back line with left wing Billy O'Riordan linking well for full-back Billy Kingston to cross at the Sundays Well corner.

It was beginning to look like a long afternoon for the Limerick school, who fell further behind in the 16th minute, when scrum-half Jack Casey sniped to cross between the uprights for the third try.

Christians swept 26-0 in front, eight minutes from the interval, with a fourth try from powerful centre Matthew O'Callaghan and the watching Pres players saw enough to begin heading for the exists.

Dynamic hooker Adam Wrona completed the first-half scoring in the closing act for a 33-0 lead at the break.

There was no let-up either on the resumption as Christians added a sixth try within five minutes, O'Riordan crossing in the corner, 40-0.

Somewhat surprisingly the scoring finished there as the second-half saw both sides empty their respective benches though the pattern of Christians attacking and St Munchin's defending continued before the inevitable conclusion.

The St Munchin's team included second-row Tony Foley, son of the late Munster coach, Anthony, whose widow, Olive, was in the attendance.

And there was another Foley connection because Anthony's sister, Rosie, a former Ireland international herself, had son Oisin Minogue at number eight.

Scorers for CBC: Tries: D Novak, B Kingston, J Casey, M O'Callaghan, A Wrona, B O'Riordan

Cons: B Lynch (5)

CBC: W Kingston; L McGinn, M O'Callaghan, E Cahill-Murphy, B O'Riordan; B Lynch, J Casey; H Foster, A Wrona, S Loftus; D Novak, K Novak; G Hyde, O Prenter, J Coleman. 

Subs: S O'Shaughnessy, A O'Leary, A Logan, D Woods, J O'Shea, C Barry, C Foley, S Maloney, D Lucey, C Kilbride.

ST MUNCHIN'S: A Cusack; J McCarthy-Burbage, O Pepper, C McCarthy, E Walsh; C O'Connor, R McDermott; E Sarsfield, S Rice, B McCarthy; H Bennis, A Foley; D Williamson, M Walsh, O Minogue. 

Subs: C Ward, C Deedigan, P Dougan, A Finn, R Burke, B Quane, J Noonan, A Mohammad, R Deegan, E McGurian.

Referee: C Harrington (MAR).

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