Classy Clongowes cruise into Schools’ Cup semis

Clongowes Wood College 27 CBC Monkstown 5: Clongowes Wood College registered three tries at Donnybrook yesterday afternoon, as the clinical Clane side finished with 22 points to spare over CBC Monkstown in the quarter-final of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup.
Classy Clongowes cruise into Schools’ Cup semis

Clongowes centre Benjamin O’Shea was short of the target from a fourth-minute penalty, but after Monkstown secured possession in front of the posts, he made no mistake from another close-range effort.

The eight-time champions held on to this slender advantage for the much of the opening period, before they finally enhanced their superiority with a powerful drive over the whitewash by Edward Carroll just beyond the half-hour mark.

O’Shea added the bonuses in routine fashion, but there was enough time for Monkstown full-back Tom Kelly to squeeze through for an unconverted try from the final attack of the half.

This meant only five points separated the teams during the break (10-5), but Clongowes were a rejuvenated side after the restart.

A successful 39th-minute place-kick from O’Shea created further daylight between the sides, and this was swiftly followed by a Jack Moore five-pointer.

It was beginning to look extremely ominous for Monkstown, and when flanker Sean McMahon touched down 14 minutes from time (after he blocked an attempted clearance), the outcome was placed beyond any doubt — and Clongowes will now compete at the semi-final stage for a third consecutive season.

Scorers for Clongowes Wood College:

E Carroll, J Moore, S McMahon try each, B O’Shea 2 pens, 2 cons.

Scorers for CBC Monkstown:

T Kelly try.

CLONGOWES WOOD COLLEGE:

M Silvester; F Lynch, M O’Connor, B O’Shea, B Maher; T Monaghan, J Murphy; J Martin, D Sheehan, E Carroll; J Moore, F McCarthy; P Nulty, S McMahon, S McCrohan.

Replacements:

P Celebi for McCrohan (39), J Gilheany for Monaghan (56-57), R Lemess for Maher (61), T Dooley for Sheehan, A Odlum for Martin, G Graham for Carroll, D Jeffares for McCarthy, J Gilmartin for McMahon (all 68).

CBC MONKSTOWN:

T Kelly; P Rogers, T O’Callaghan, D Forster, D Porter; S O’Hanrahan, R Jordan; C Kavanagh, A Holmes, E Clarke; J MacAteer, A Byrne; R Doyle, Z Sattar, W Fry.

Replacements:

D O’Regan for Kavanagh (39), K Kouadri for Doyle (45), A Guerin for Forster (50), C Watson for Jordan (51), C Montayne for Clarke (57), B Reynolds for Byrne, C Madden for Holmes (both 65), G Mahon for O’Hanrahan (68).

Referee:

C Hogan (LRR).

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