Paul Hurley reports from the University of Limerick
Castletroy College have advanced to the semi-final of the Junior Cup with a comfortable victory over St. Clements.
The match started with Clements having the majority of possession and they applied pressure on the Castletroy defence. They weren’t able to capitalise on this pressure however and Castletroy soon began their attack.
The men in green forced some impressive defending from Clements but managed to grab a try under the posts from Rob Magill who barrelled over from close range. Conversion was made by Andrew Shanahan.
The game evened out after this until Clements started building some good phases together and Dylan Counihan eventually broke through for a try which was converted by the ever impressive Evan Barrett. However, Castletroy immediately responded as Rory Murphy scored in the corner to give Castletroy the lead back. Andrew Shanahan missed this conversion. Half time – Castletroy 12-7 Clements.
The second half was very back and forth for the first 20 minutes but Castletroy seemed to then wake up and dominate. This attacking onslaught saw Clement’s finding it very tough to cope with the pressure being applied. After good hands, Rory Murphy grabbed his second try. Andrew Shanahan converted the kick and Castletroy were able to hold this lead for the remaining minutes of the game.
FT: Castletroy College 19-7 St. Clements.
#MunsterHakaMOTM: Rory Murphy.