Glenstal earn hard fought victory in City Cup Final

Limerick Senior City Cup Final: Glenstal Abbey School vs Saint Munchins College

Date: 4/12/16

Time: 11:30am

Writer: Denis Hayes.

Venue: Thomond Park

Preview: The last time these two sides met Glenstal edged a 1 point win, with Munchins missing a penalty in the last moments of the game, so we are in for a exciting game. This is the third consecutive year that Glenstal have reached the City Cup Final, winning it back in 2014.

Verdict: Glenstal

First half: Glenstal started well and were over the Munchins line within 10 minutes when hooker George Downing made a great break and managed to offload the ball to Luke Fitzgerald who ran it in. Ben Healy made the conversion. But Munchins replied with a penalty from outhalf Jason Kiely. Glenstal responded straight from the kick off with captain Rory Clarke making a great catch and ran it in to offload to Conor Booth for Glenstal’s second try. Munchins were nearly over the try line themselves a few minutes later but Glenstal’s defence held out. A couple more Munchins penalties made it 14-9, the next score would be crucial and Glenstal got it after a Garryown was caught and Jamie Mawhinney made a great run and it was spread quickly out to Ronan Quinn who sprinted over the line. A Munchins penalty miss, left Glenstal with a 10 point halftime lead.

Half time: score Glenstal 19-9 Munchins

Second half: Munchins dominated the possession in the second half, Glenstal’s best play was a great solo run by Mark Fleming who used his footwork, nearly scored, but besides that and a Ben Healy penalty Glenstal were defending for most of the second half. Munchins outhalf Jason Kiely added two more penalties to make it a converted try game but Glenstal’s defence held out to win.

Full time score: Glenstal 22-15 Munchins

Review: Glenstal will be very pleased with their victory as they had to grind the victory out with Munchins pressing hard for most of the second half. Glenstal will come up against Clements in the first round of the Senior Cup while Munchins face a tough test against Rockwell.

MOTM: Luke Fitzgerald (Glenstal) He got on the scoresheet early on, to settle things down for Glenstal, he also made some brilliant line breaks throughout the game. He was Glenstal’s real driving force in attack. Mentions: Jason Kiely (Munchins) George Downing (Glenstal) Mark Fleming (Glenstal)

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