Bandon GS one step from final after they see off St Munchin’s

Cork school reach Munster Senior Cup semi-finals for first time in their history

Bandon Grammar School 17 St Munchin’s 13

Bandon created their own slice of history by reaching the Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-finals for the first time following a deserved win over St Munchin’s in difficult conditions in Bandon.

Despite playing with the strong wind, Bandon fell behind to a 19th-minute penalty from St Munchin's outhalf Jason Kiely, but they responded immediately with a try from prop James French, converted by fullback Sean Hudson.

They stretched their advantage with a Hudson try on the half-hour, which he also converted, before he struck a long-range penalty for a 17-3 interval lead.

The Limerick side reduced the deficit with an early second-half Kiely penalty, but couldn't score again until the fourth minute of injury time, when captain Kealon McMahon crossed for a try, converted by Kiely, but it was too late.

BANDON GS: S Hudson; V Lovell, B Gur, E Greene, J Donnelly; E Palmer, J Crowley; J French, T Coomey, A Deane; C Scully, J Bradfield; N Beamish, R Stokes (capt), N Beamish. Replacements: P Jackson for Beamish (57 mins), M Archer for Deane (68 mins).

ST MUNCHIN'S: L Costello; P Clancy, G Quilligan, E Carr, S Murphy; M O'Driscoll, D Radcliffe, G McCoy; P Kelly, K McMahon (capt); M Crowe, S Kelly, J Murphy. Replacements: E Sheehan-O'Donnell for Radcliffe and K Hyland for McCoy (both 59 mins), J Pendijito for Carr (69 mins) .

Referee: G Finn (Mar).