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Schools Cup round-up: Castletroy shock Rockwell in Munster Senior Cup

The Limerick school have ensured themselves a home draw for the quarter-final second round.

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Updated 18.24

CASTLETROY HAVE CAUSED an upset in the Munster Schools Senior Cup by beating 2012 champions Rockwell 20-13.

The quarter-final round one tie in Clanwilliam saw Martin Burke’s charges avenge their defeat to the same school in last season’s tournament, with a second half red card proving to be an insurmountable hurdle for Mark Butler’s Rockwell side.

Having held a 13-6 lead at the break, Castletroy found themselves hauled back to 13-13 heading into the final quarter, before the red card for Tommy Anglim allowed the 2008 winners to score the decisive converted try with just over 10 minutes left.

Tries from Conor Humphreys, David Rowsome and John Fox proved crucial for Castletroy, while fullback Conor Linehan kicked a penalty and one conversion. For Rockwell, Brendan Quinlan crossed the whitewash, with captain Aidan Moynihan kicking two penalties and a conversion.

The Jack O’Neill-captained Castletroy were beaten 25-7 by the same opponents in 2013, but the additions of members of last year’s Bowen Shield to the side this season have been helpful as the Limerick school continues to grow.

The fact that ex-pupil Ronan O’Mahony is performing well with Munster this season is an inspiration for the current students, although their immediate focus will now be on the second round quarter-final. This win against Rockwell ensure that that fixture will be at home, while the Tipperary-based school must travel on the 11/12/13 February.

Rockwell: Liam Casey; Alan McMahon, Rory Horgan, Aidan Moynihan [capt.], Shane Lanigan Ryan; Bill Johnston, David O’Mahony; Brendan Quinlan, Luke Hickey, David O’Dwyer; Sean O’Connor, Jack Binchy; Bryan McLoughlin, Tommy Anglim, Sam O’Connell.

Replacements: Jack Bolger, Niall Campion, James Kendrick, John Power, Ben Riley, Joss Murray, Lee Molloy.

Castletroy College: Conor Linehan; David Garry, John Fox, David Rowsome, Sean McBrearty; Mark McCarthy, Rory Cunningham; Joseph Conway, Mark O’Mara, Conor Myers; Noel Clohessy, Stuart Hoare; Conor Humphreys, Ronan Murphy, Jack O’Neill [capt.].

Replacements: Evan Slattery, Joe Doyle, Mike Finucane, Eoin Hourigan, Niall O’Shea, Ian O’Connor, Jamie Heuston, Paul Butler.

Teams via Munster Rugby.

Tomorrow, Pres [PBC] face St. Munchin’s in Musgrave Park, while Crescent Comprehensive take on Christians [CBC] at Rosbrien. Both games kick off at 3.00pm. Ardscoil Rís clash with Glenstal in Rosbrien at 3.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Leinster Schools Senior Cup encounter between Belvedere and Wesley scheduled for this afternoon was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch in Donnybrook. The first round tie will instead take place in Stradbrook [Blackrock RFC's grounds] tomorrow at 2.30pm.

The following Senior Cup ties in Leinster are scheduled for Wednesday:

  • Blackrock College v CBC Monkstown [Donnybrook, KO 2.30pm]
  • Newbridge College v C.C. Roscrea [Carlow RFC, KO 2.30pm]
  • Belvedere College SJ v Wesley College [Stradbrook, 2.30pm]
  • Gonzaga College v The King’s Hospital [Lakelands, KO 2.30pm]
  • Clongowes Wood College SJ v Kilkenny College [NUI Maynooth, 2.30pm]
  • Castleknock College v St. Andrew’s [Cill Dara RFC, 2.30pm]
  • St Gerard’s v St. Mary’s College [Anglesea Road, 2.30pm]

In Connacht, the Senior Cup Pool A clash between the Jes [Colaiste Iognaid] and Rice College was another victim of the weather, while the Junior Cup Pool C fixture between the Jes and Garbally College also had to be called off.

The Junior Cup Pool A tie between St. Gerald’s and Sligo Grammar has been confirmed for a 12.15pm kick-off in Castlebar tomorrow. The clash between Gort CS and Summerhill in the same group is also scheduled to for a 1pm start.

- Originally published 17.22

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