Presentation Brothers College advanced to the quarter-finals of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup with an impressive win over Castletroy College at Musgrave Park this afternoon.
Pres’ had to wait for the outcome of the second game as the Mardyke side will be away to the losers of the Christians v Munchin’s tie, while it is the end of the road for Castletroy.
Pres’ ability to find gaps in the Castletroy defence at crucial stages proved decisive as they ran in six tries in what was an entertaining contest.
Castletroy were on top territorially in the opening minutes but Pres’ broke the dead lock with a try after four minute when they turned over ball; Aodhan Cooke linked up with Tom Coughlan who sent winger Sean Condon racing away to score and Ben O’Connor converted for a 7-0 lead.
Castletroy’s best attacking option was kicking for territory and Stephen Kiely and Ryan Djiopang were quick to chase down but Pres’ cleared their lines.
A kick deep into the Pres’ 22 from Darragh Murray was knocked on by the Cork side but the Ref playing advantage went back for the penalty.
A break by Kiely resulted in a penalty for Castletroy and Murray converted to reduce the defect.
Castletroy’s captain Evan O’Connell was leading by example to get his side back in the game but the home side weathered the storm with excellent work by Rian O’Donoghue and Cillian Twomey as the visitors were finding it difficult to break down the Pres’ defence.
O’Connor restored the Mardyke School side’s advantage to seven with a penalty on nineteen minutes,
The turning point in the game came in a three minute spell before half time when Pres’ ran in two tries.
Quick ball out the back line saw winger Ronan Dwyer race away to touch down in the corner.
Two minutes later a move by Dwyer, O’Connor and Scott Sexton saw Fionn Roussel touch done in the corner.
O’Connor was just off target with the two difficult conversions from the side line as Pres led 20-3 at the interval.
Pres’ continued to press home their advantage at the start of the second half with O’Donoghue making sniping breaks from the rucks and Scott Sexton made some strong carries.
Their pressure was eventually rewarded with a penalty from O’Connor after forty one minutes.
Again Castletroy were annoyed when a kick ahead was grounded by Pres’ for a 22 kick out but big vocal Limerick support felt it was carried over the line.
Castletroy pressure was eventually rewarded on forty eight minutes when a move involving Stephen Kiely, John Donohoe and Gavin Rowsome sent Aidan Ryan in for a try and Murray added the extras.
Any hopes of a comeback were dashed two minutes later when Rory O’Shaughnessy gave substitute Adam Twomey the ball deep inside his own half and he raced away to score the try of the match and O’Conner converted.
It was Pres’ who finished the stronger as they ran in two further tries in the closing five minutes.
The half backs of O’Connor and Rian O’Donoghue combined to send Jamie Barry in to score.
Their sixth try came when a break by Captain Rory O’Shaughnessy from forth meters out and O’Connor’s conversion saw the final whistle sound.
S Condon, R Dwyer, F Rousell, A Twomey, J Barry, R O’Shaughnessy tries, B O’Connor 2 pens, 3 cons.
A Ryan try D Murray con and pen.
T Coughlan; R Dwyer, A Cooke, S Sexton, S Condon; B O'Connor, R O’Donoghue; F Roussel, D Sheahan, F Cowhig; C Ford, J Sheahan; T McCarthy, C Twomey, R O'Shaughnessy.
P O’Halloran, P Wall, D Sheehan, R Skuse, J McNamara, J Wixted, J Barry, A Twomey, A Davenport, M O'Sullivan.
D Murray; R Djiopang, S Kiely, A Ryan, P O'Brien May; G Rowsome, J Donoghue; A Clinton, S Lynch, J Myers; H Hogan, M Hoare; O Toland, J Roche, E O'Connell.
H Liston, R Bromell, K Unachukwu, R Mouras, P Mulkern, L White, O Williams, O Olatilewa, M Murphy, B Grehan.
P Sheehan (MAR).