Christians power past Bandon to reach Munster Schools Junior final but Pres are out

Christians power past Bandon to reach Munster Schools Junior final but Pres are out
Mark Ludgate, CBC, trying to break the tackle of Tom Blennerhassett, Bandon. Picture: Dan LInehan

CBC reached their fourth successive Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Junior Cup final after a 15-0 win over Bandon Grammar School at Temple Hill.

And they remain on course for a possible double as they meet great rivals, PBC, in the senior cup semi-final at Musgrave Park on Wednesday, kick-off, 2pm.

Pres’s double dream ended in disappointment after losing 26-20 to a highly rated St Munchin’s in the other junior semi-final.

Holders, Christians, now put their title on the line in what should be another high quality final against St Munchin’s in Limerick in a fortnight.

The Cork school are seeking their third success in recent years, having also captured the cup in 2015 and they were champions three years before, too.

The final is a repeat of the 2006 decider, which Christians won. St Munchin’s last won the junior cup 20 years ago.

Christians took a while to break Bandon’s stubborn resistance before tries from Ben McGarry, George Coomber and Jason Ahern eventually secured their passage.

Pres also scored three tries from Ben Comiskey, Darragh French and Ronan Wilson, but they weren’t enough to deny an impressive St Munchin’s side.

Pulling the strings at out-half was Alexander Wood, whose father, Keith, captained Ireland and the Lions during a glittering career.

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