CastletroyCollege defeated C.B.C. in the final of the McCarthy Cup (U15) 21-10 at Musgrave Park on Friday to be crowned Munster champions.
The Limerick team put in a wonderful performance to defeat the Cork side in a hard fought contest and win the Mc Carthy Cup for the first time in their ten year history.
After the initial exchanges Castletroy were the first off the mark with a Conor Linehan penalty in the seventeenth minute after some excellent ball carrying by Stuart Hore and Eoin Fitsgerald. Christians struck back within minutes with a penalty from Michael O’Halloran.
It was the limerick side who played all the rugby in the latter stages of the first half and took control of the fixture with a very well worked try from Conor Linehan. Ronan Murphy broke from the back of a scrum and made great yards before being hauled down just short of the line. Castletroy recycled quickly giving Castletroys captain Rory Cunningham the time to send Linehan over on the short side to score.
Further Castletroy pressure was rewarded with a second penalty by Linehan to leave it 11-3 in favor of the Limerick College at half time.
Christians got the better of the exchanges after half time but never looked like scoring until Castletroy were reduced to 14 men. This left the space for Killian Doyle to cross in the corner. Michael O’Halloran kicked an excellent conversion to keep the cork side in the tie.
Restored to their full compliment Castletroy regained control of the fixture stretching their lead to four points with an impressive long range effort from Conor Linehan. This was a very important score at a crucial stage of the game.
Christians needing a try went on the attack but Castletroy never looked like letting them through as Rory Cunningham, Stuart Hore, Niall O’Shea and Ronon Murphy led a strong defensive effort. Christians were punished as they went for broke six minutes into injury time when Brian Donovan intercepted and ran the length of the field to score. Castletroy were well worth their 11 point margin of victory.
There was barely space for Linehan to tap over the conversion as the Castletroy Supporters invaded the pitch prompting great scenes of celebration amongst the Limerick men.
Castletroy were worthy winners of this tough competition after finishing the group stage undefeated notching up victories over Crescent College, Glenstall Abbey, C.B.C, St Munchins, P.B.C and Ardscoil Ris. In the semi final they defeated Ardscoil Ris 18-0 in their new school grounds.
Pictured, The boys after their win.
Front Row L to R
Jamie Porter, Barry Hurley, Eoin Fitsgerald, Rory Cunningham (C), Brian Donovan, Sean McBrearty,
Back Row L to R
Mike Finukane, Stuart Hore, D.J. Cuddithy, Diarmuid Hickey, Ronan Murphy, Niall O’Shea, Conor Linehan, Barry Nash, Shane O’Hara.
By: R Feeney
The Castletroy College U 15 Rugby team continued their unbeaten run with an impressive performance at the new school grounds when they defeated the Ardscoil Rís 18-0 to reach the Mc Carthy Cup Final.
Barry Nash and Niall O’Shea scored a try each for Castletroy and Conor Linehan kicked a penalty and a conversion. In a man of the match performance Conor also scored a wonderful drop goal at a crucial stage in the match. Ardscoil showed how they got so far in the competition keeping possession for long periods and looked very threatening at times. Ronan Murphy, Rory Cunningham and Stuart Hore shone in a defensive effort which was enough to keep them out.
Castletroy will now face Christian Brothers College (CBC) in the final later in the week. CBC defeated PBC in the other semi-final. There will be a supporters bus travelling to the game and we would welcome any support we can get.
Pictured : Man of The Match Conor Linehan
On Friday 1st October, Castletroy senior hurlers started their County Championship campaign against Doon C.B.S. The game finished in a draw 3-10 to 2-13.
Castletroy trailed by 5 points at half time playing with a strong wind at their backs. Doon had the momentum and looked good to go on and win the game, however Castle-troy showed true character with a fine second half display from Dan Morrissey, Liam O’Rourke, Gearoid Hegarty, Luke Murphy and Cathal Ryan. A brilliant goal from Kevin Mulcahy gave Castletroy another chance to progress.
Congratulations to our U-15 footballers on an outstanding performance to beat the highly fancied Rochestown (Cork) on Wednesday 6th October on a score line of 3-8 to 2-5.
Our first year hurlers had a good competitive workout on Thursday 7th October, competing in a Limerick schools blitz. They started well by beating Doon C.B.S., however they were beaten by a stronger side from Ard Scoil Rís and Newport.
Well done also to the senior football team who took on Ab-bey C.B.S. Tipperary on Wednesday 13th October.
Congratulations to the senior hurlers who had a great win over Doon C.B.S. in the replay of the Limerick Colleges. They now advance to play Newport in the quarter final.
Thirty-three students departed Castletroy College for Dublin on Thursday, 7th October at 6pm for two days of matches against the following schools: Mount Sackville, Kings Hospital and Mount Anville. The U-19 girls opened their tour against Mount Sackville on Friday morning with a 2-2 draw when Meg Hoare and Lucy Dillon put the ball in the net.
Friday afternoon the girls put in a spirited performance against Kings Hospital and were unlucky not to score when they hit the post with the last shot of the game. On Saturday morning tired legs set in and the girls were unlucky not to equalise.
The U-16 team won their first two games with goals from San-dra O? Sullivan in the Mount Sackville game and Sarah Loughran and Emily Mc Carthy against Kings Hospital.
Unfortunately they were narrowly beaten by a goal on Satur-day morning. The U-19 team was captained by Alison O? Car-roll and the U-16 team by Nicole Haugh.
Well done to all the girls that travelled. Many thanks to George Blackwell for organising the trip and Ms. Fogarty and Ms.Jones for travelling with the girls.
On Friday 8th October the 6th Year Prefects held a breakfast morning for the First Years. It was a great success and all the money raised went to Childline. Thanks to the First Years for participating in the event. We would also like to thank the
Home Economics teachers who helped us oversee the morning and helped to make it such an enjoyable day!
The Prefects would also like to thank our sponsors, Jim Flavin, Butcher, Superquinn, Dawn Dairies and Synotts who donated all the food for the breakfast. We hope this will become an annual event. By Catherine Robinson and Ciara Murray (6th Year Prefects)