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