Pres make impressive cup start

PRESENTATION Brothers College, Cork made a positive start to the Avonmore Munster Schools Senior Cup campaign with a resounding triumph against Glenstal Abbey at the Cork Institute of Technology grounds yesterday.

Glenstal had to play second fiddle for much of the 70 minutes against the holders, but still left the fray with heads held high after competing manfully throughout the first half before an inevitable capitulation to a stronger, bigger and generally wiser Pres outfit.

The reward for Pres is a home game next time out against St Munchin’s, while Glenstal go through the backdoor system and must play Christians in Cork.

It’s a tough ask for the Mike Prendergast-coached Glenstal but one the former Munster scrum half believes his charges will relish. “One thing is sure they won’t be in awe of the opposition; I thought they competed very well against Pres who are a very big and very physical side. I was pleased with the way the guys responded to get the try when 21 points down.”

Such a response was nothing less than Pres coach Peter Scott anticipated. “One thing you can always be sure of is competitiveness when you’re playing Glenstal,” he said.

Although Glenstal did compete vigorously — and they can take pride in quality performances from Ian McCarthy, Dan Healy and Kevin Prendergast up front as well as Luke Bradley and Conor Kearns behind the pack — this was still always more likely to be Pres’s day.

Apart from a couple of missed penalty opportunities from Kearns and one decent attacking movement stopped 10 metres out early on, Pres created more try-scoring opportunities but fell foul of referee Shane Kierans too often. The 7-2 first half penalty count against cost them territory, and a crucial decision came when Pres were deemed guilty of crossing just as captain Ryan Murphy was about to dive in for a try.

Glenstal will bemoan the two missed penalties, but Pres, who hit the front with a 20th minute drop goal from Eamonn Mills, might have stretched the lead when impressive full back Seamus Glynn was held up short after a superb break.

Glynn was in good company throughout the afternoon, with Mills, Steve Dinan and James Kiernan producing a number of menacing runs. Overall, it was a good performance by Pres, for whom forwards Murphy, Adam Hudson, Will Foley and Brian Scott appeared to be the best of a very good unit.

Still, it took Rory Scannell to calm the nerves for Pres with an early second half penalty and they scored the opening try after cranking up pressure in the following minutes. Mills made the crucial break and eventually Ian O’Donoghue sent Barry Fitzgerald over for a try 12 minutes in.

Five minutes later, Murphy charged through for a try near the posts and Scannell converted, but the architect was again Mills, with his break from inside his 22. With 15 minutes left, Scannell knocked over a penalty to secure a 21-0 lead but Glenstal had the last say with a try following the sin-binning of second row Paul Derham. Fittingly, Kearns was the try scorer.

PBC: S. Glynn, S. Dinan, R. Scannell, I. O’Donoghue, J. Kiernan, E. Mills, C. Bannon, B. Scott, W. Foley, K. Kingston, P. Derham, B. Fitzgerald, J. Fitzgerald, R. Murphy (captain), A. Hudson.

Replacements: D. Horgan for Kingston, R. Caplice for I. O’Donoghue (both 54), I. Silke for Murphy (58), A. Slattery for Hudson (63), D Keohane for Foley, F. Dinneen for Scott, D. Evans for Bannon (all 68)

GLENSTAL: R. Shanahan, B. Connors, C. Kearns, S. O’Donnell, S. Gleeson, L. Bradley, S. Costigan, D. Higgins, D. Healy (captain), N. Frisby, L. Egan, K. Prendergast, T. Ryan, I. McCarthy, C. McDonagh.

Replacements: M. O’Riordan for Prendergast (60, inj), C. McCarthy for Healy (68, inj).

Referee: S. Kierans (M.A.R).

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CourtsRugbyPerson: Mike PrendergastPerson: Peter ScottPerson: Ian McCarthyPerson: Dan HealyPerson: Kevin PrendergastPerson: Luke BradleyPerson: Conor KearnsPerson: KearnsPerson: Shane KieransPerson: Ryan MurphyPerson: PresPerson: Eamonn MillsPerson: Seamus GlynnPerson: GlynnPerson: MillsPerson: Steve DinanPerson: James KiernanPerson: MurphyPerson: Adam HudsonPerson: Will FoleyPerson: Brian ScottPerson: Rory ScannellPerson: Ian O’DonoghuePerson: Barry FitzgeraldPerson: ScannellPerson: GlenstalPerson: Paul DerhamPerson: S. GlynnPerson: S. DinanPerson: R. ScannellPerson: I. O’DonoghuePerson: J. KiernanPerson: E. MillsPerson: C. BannonPerson: B. ScottPerson: W. FoleyPerson: K. KingstonPerson: P. DerhamPerson: B. FitzgeraldPerson: J. FitzgeraldPerson: R. MurphyPerson: A. HudsonPerson: D. HorganPerson: KingstonPerson: R. CaplicePerson: I. SilkePerson: A. SlatteryPerson: HudsonPerson: D KeohanePerson: FoleyPerson: F. DinneenPerson: ScottPerson: D. EvansPerson: BannonPerson: R. ShanahanPerson: B. ConnorsPerson: C. KearnsPerson: S. O’DonnellPerson: S. GleesonPerson: L. BradleyPerson: S. CostiganPerson: D. HigginsPerson: D. HealyPerson: N. FrisbyPerson: L. EganPerson: K. PrendergastPerson: T. RyanPerson: I. McCarthyPerson: C. McDonaghPerson: M. O’RiordanPerson: PrendergastPerson: C. McCarthyPerson: HealyPerson: S. KieransEvent: Munster Schools Senior CupEvent: DayOrganisation: Presentation Brothers CollegeOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: Glenstal AbbeyOrganisation: Cork Institute of TechnologyOrganisation: GlenstalOrganisation: PresOrganisation: St MunchinOrganisation: ChristiansOrganisation: Munster
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