Second-half tries earn Rockwell a place in Munster Schools Senior final

Lee Molloy and Bryan McLoughlin touch down for Tipperary school

Rockwell’s Lee Molloy is tackled by Glenstal’s George O’Hara during the  Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Rockwell’s Lee Molloy is tackled by Glenstal’s George O’Hara during the Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

Rockwell College 22 Glenstal Abbey 3 Two second-half tries, one early and the other near the end, gave Rockwell a deserved place in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final against Ardscoil Rís on St Patrick’s Day.

At Thomond Park, Glenstal were hoping to reach their first final in 45 years and while very much in contention at half-time they were outsmarted in the second half.

Neither side could manage a first-half try but Rockwell were happy enough to be 6-3 in front at that half-time stage.

Bill Johnston landed a penalty to put the Tipperary side in front after only four minutes but Jack Stafford was then on target with a Glenstal penalty.

Fifteen minutes were played when Johnston struck his second penalty for Rockwell but it was very much all to play for.

Once Rockwell scored their first try six minutes into the second half from centre Lee Molloy it sparked a spell of sustained Glenstal pressure.

But the Rockwell defence was solid even when Glenstal had a five-metre scrum after an unsuccessful penalty attempt.

That effort came to nothing, however, and two more penalties from Johnston after 53 and 57 minutes had Rockwell in control, 17-3.

Glenstal emptied their bench in an effort to rescue the game but they conceded a second try, this time scored by Bryan McLoughlin, a minute from the end to finish off a brave Glenstal. Rockwell College: T McHale; S Lanigan Ryan, L Molloy, L Cashman, K Moynihan; B Johnston, D Egan; N Campion, B Murraym J Tierney; S O’Connor, M Wilson; T Anglim, B McLoughlin, M Casey. Replacements:D Barron, C Beary, J Kindrick, J Binchy, J Power, J Pickering, E Stone, J Stone. Glenstal Abbey: C Hogan; D Daly, J McAleese, T Costigan, S O’Sullivan; J Stafford, R Johnston; I Molloy, M Ryan, J Hartnett; A Donohue, B Clancy; N Mulvihill, J Murphy, G O’Hara. Replacements: J Williams, D Quane, P Molony, R Clarke, W McGann, D Kenny, M Boland.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.