Denis Hayes reports…
Today’s game saw Glenstal participate in their fourth consecutive City Cup final as they took on Rockwell in a repeat of 2009’s centrepiece – an occasion that saw the Limerick side run out 9-8 winners. 26 time Munster Schools Cup winners Rockwell arrived with a strong squad, but Glenstal knew they would provide stiff competition as they themselves retained the core group of players who helped them get to their 2nd ever Munster Senior Schools Cup Final last season.
The first half was an action-packed one but it would be Rockwell who took the early lead through the boot of outhalf Jake Flannery.
Glenstal scored the first try of the afternoon when hooker George Downing went over the white wash, but just 3 minutes later Rockwell were back in front again as Flannery intercepted a loose pass and dotted down for the Cashel men.
Yet Glenstal would fight back. First they slotted a penalty, and the tries came soon afterwards. Efforts from Mark Fleming and Aaron Egan either side of a try from Rockwell’s Ciaran Ryan earning them a half time lead
HT: Glenstal 22-15 Rockwell
Ten minutes into the second half Rockwell leveled the score when they switched the play across the field with quick passes and a kick through the Glenstal defence eventually found substitute Mark Heffernan. Heffernan touched down and Flannery converted excellently once more.
The killer blow then arrived in the form of hooker James O’Meara not long after as Rockwell asserted their dominance with a fourth try.
Glenstal Abbey pushed late in the half but the Rockwell defence would hold out for a deserved win.
Full time Score: Glenstal 22-29 Rockwell