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Schools Cup: Munchin's mauled as Ardscoil Rís advance to Munster final

Agony and ecstasy were both on full display in today’s senior cup action.

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Ardscoil Rís 11

St Munchin’s College 7

THE CLASS OF 2014 in Ardscoil Rís have already earned a place in their school’s history books.

Victory in today’s closely-contested Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final Limerick derby against St Munchin’s earned them a place in the final for just the second time.

As you may guess from the result, scores were at a premium throughout this intense and physical contest. Neither Alan Wallace or David O’Mahony were able to change that fact in the first half, both guilty of wayward efforts in the opening period.

Munchin’s in theory had the advantage of the wind and they would not go into the half-time huddle empty handed. Loosehead Peter Meyer forcing his way over and Wallace adding the extras to give Munchin’s a maximum-score 7 – 0 lead at half-time.

It was an uphill battle from there for Ardscoil, but they wasted no time in hitting back, Paul McNamara grounding in the corner. Not a good angle for O’Mahony’s conversion, but a vital inroad into the deficit to make it a one-score game.

15 minutes later, Ardscoil Ris hit the front, forward pressure forcing Munchin’s to kick out on the full near their own 10 metre line and from there they went to work and created the penalty opportunity which O’Mahony slotted with ease.

Schools Cup: Munchin's mauled as Ardscoil Rís advance to Munster final
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  • Alan Wallace kicks

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  • Fans watch the game

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  • Paul McNamara celebrates scoring his side's only try

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  • Patrick Staff and Tommy Walsh celebrate at the final whistle

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  • Brian Benett dejected at the final whistle

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  • Patrick Staff and Tommy Walsh celebrate at the final whistle

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  • Bobby Price dejected at the final whistle

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  • Kelvin Brown congratulated by Adam Guerin

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  • Brendan Keogh consoled by a fan after the game

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  • Peter Meyler dejected after the game

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St Munchin’s never wilted, never gave in despite Ardscoil dominating the final quarter of the game. And so it was only a late drop-goal from O’Mahony that finally put this semi-final to bed.

To go one better than the class of ’96, Rís must take on and beat either Crescent College or Castletroy College, who go head to head in Friday’s second semi-final in the hope of booking their place in the St Patrick’s Day final.

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