Doyle, Mahon tries win it for Monkstown

CBC Monkstown 18 CUS 11: Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup: Second-half tries from Sean Doyle and Ben Mahon were crucial as CBC Monkstown booked their place in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final at the expense of CUS at Donnybrook yesterday.

In a tentative opening, CUS centre James O’Kane and Mahon were both off-target from kicks at goal. O’Kane’s miss three minutes before the interval meant the sides were scoreless at the break. Mahon and O’Kane finally had some luck from the kicking tee in the 38th and 42nd minute respectively, before Monkstown replacement Doyle broke over with his first touch at the end of the third-quarter.

After cancelling out a second O’Kane penalty, Mahon added a converted five-pointer of his own, and despite conceding a stoppage-time try to CUS replacement Brendan Meehan, Monkstown advanced to the last eight.

Scorers for CBC Monkstown: S Doyle try, B Mahon try, 2 pens, 1 con.

Scorers for CUS: B Meehan try, J O’Kane 2 pens.

CBC MONKSTOWN: S Sweeney; D Porter, K Shaw, P Rogers, T O’Callaghan; B Mahon, R Jordan; M McGrath, A Holmes, E Clarke; J McAteer, H O’Neill; R Courtney, M Hallam, J Halwax.

Replacements: P Lyons for McAteer (35+2-h/t), C Byrden for Courtney (44-49), S Doyle for Rogers, Courtney for McGrath (both 51), Lyons for O’Neill (59-62 & 67), E McCabe for Jordan (69).

CUS: A Craig; O McGovern, S Quinlan, J O’Kane, L McConkey; J Cox, H Cronin; H Bodkin, D Byrne, D O’Neill; D McCarthy, J O’Connor; A Fleming, L Garvey, H O’Connor.Replacements: S Russell for J O’Connor (42), S Butler for Bodkin (49), L Opperman for McGovern (59), C O Cleirigh for McCarthy (67), B Meehan for Fleming (69).

Referee: B MacNiece (Leinster Rugby Branch).

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