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Despite defeat coach Gerry Slattery hails his players

(St Munchin’e coach Gerry Slattery playing with Young Munster)

THE atmosphere in the St Munchin’s College dressingroom at half time this afternoon was not for the faint-hearted. Head coach Gerry Slattery asked questions and needed answers as to what was happening out on the Musgrave Park artificial turf. His side was trailing 35-10 and the damage inflicted on them by PBC in that first 35 minutes looked irreparable. The Corbally side conceded seven points within two minutes of the start, that score doubled when they were again caught napping midway through the half and when they got on the scoreboard thanks a remarkable bit of football talent by Matt T’Pau, they went 21-5 down within minutes. What happened next proved decisive. Oisin Minogue forced his way over to make it 21-10 but the Leesiders’ two seven pointers appeared to make a revival unlikely. A brace of tries from skipper Gordon Wood and a second try by Oisin Minogue and two conversions by Cillian O’Connor set up that nail-biting finale to an absorbing contest.
Speaking to one of the Munchin’s players after the game the group had never seen or heard their head coach so animated at the break. It appeared to work.
Minutes after the final whistle, we asked an emotional Gerry Slattery how he felt after the defeat: “Gutted. It’s hard to take. This squad has been the best that I have ever coached and it hurts to see them so disappointed. I’m particularly gutted for the Leaving Cert guys who will not get a chance to win the cup now. We made too many errors in the first half but few teams would have the confidence in themselves and ability to put in a second half like that. They showed great character. We were so close to getting what could have been a winning score at the end.”
Asked for comment on the game being played in Cork, the coach, who won the schools cup with St Munchin’s, togged out with Munster in season 2013/14 and was selected on the Ireland Club XV replied: “We were top seeds going into this stage of the competition but we got an away fixture! Few teams trailing by 25 points would stage a comeback like that.”
Just for the record: PBC scorers were Tries: Tom Coughlan, Gene O’Leary Kareem, James O’Leary, Fionn Roussel and Ben O’Connor with Ben O’Connor kicking five conversions. St Munchin’s had two tries each from Oisin Minogue and Gordon Wood and one try from Matt T’Pau. Cillian O’Connor kicked two conversions

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