Glenstal Abbey into Senior Cup final after brave Ardscoil comeback falls short

GLENSTAL Abbey will take on Presentation Brothers, Cork in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final after a nail-biting win over Ardscoil Ris at Thomond Park.

The Abbey stormed into an early 21-0 lead, with tries from Jack O’Mahony, George Downing and Luke Fitzgerald.

It looked set to be a cruise in difficult conditions, but that was the end of the Glenstal scoring.

Resilient Ardscoil got a foothold when Alex O’Callaghan charged over before half-time.

Then out-half Evan Cusack, back after injury, landed a drop-goal as the comeback gained momentum.

As the rain teemed down after the break, scrum-half Craig Casey edged Ardscoil closer with a penalty.

And with plenty of time left on the clock, there was just  the minimum between the sides when hooker Colin Slater touched down and Casey converted.

A miracle turnaround looked on, but Casey’s drop-goal attempt was blocked and Glenstal held on in a thriller.


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