Ronan Calvert reports from Bandon RFC
Bandon have made it to their first ever Senior Cup semi-final, following their defeat of St Munchin’s College earlier today.
Munchin’s lead after 15 minutes when outhalf Jason Kiely knocked over a penalty but Bandon would score the first try of the day.
The home side had started to show signs of danger since falling behind and made their dominance count just after the 20 minute mark. The forward pack showed their class as they rumbled through the Munchin’s defence all the way to the try line and Sean Hudson took his opportunity to convert. 7-3 to Bandon.
Hudson kept his name in the headlines by again making the difference before the half was out. The fullback capitalized on his side’s efficient ball retention by picking a superb running line that would slice the defence in two and see him dart all the way through for the try. He converted his own effort from straight in front to widen the gap on the scoresheet to 14-3.
A further kick by Hudson from the halfway pushed Bandon into a demanding 17-3 lead, going into the break.
Just as in the first half, Munchin’s were the first to add points after the interval as Jason Kiely took his penalty shot with aplomb. However, that would be the only score of the half right up until the last play of the game.
Despite in the know that the result was beyond doubt, Munchin’s showed great spirit in over-time to lodge one final attack. Following an extended period of forward play, second row Kealan McMahon broke through to put some gloss on the scoreboard for the Limerick men.
It finished Bandon 17-13 Munchin’s.