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Four-try Ardscoil Ris prove too good for St Munchin’s

(Sam Browne celebrates after scoring Ardscoil Ris’ second try today)

By Aidan Corr
Munster Junior Schools Cup:
Ardscoil Ris 26, St Munchin’s College 0
THE northside school put on an impressive all-round display today, holding ‘Munchin’s’ scoreless and winning comfortably. Two tries in each half, three of them converted, emphasised their superiority against a school who reached the final of this competition last season.
St Munchin’s had little luck. They were forced to field without some key players and with 12 minutes played they also lost two players through injury. They had to defend from the kick-off and it was only through some heroic defending that they trailed by only 12-0 at the break. Ardscoil Ris scored their first try on 11 minutes, working the ball well down the right flank and Killian McNamara got clear for a well-taken touchdown. The conversion was missed. ‘Munchins’ were finding it difficult to work the ball downfield and they conceded another try after coughing up possession around halfway. Ardscoil ran the ball through the hands and Sam Brown made a dazzling run that saw him beat a couple of defenders to touchdown alongside the right hand upright and Harry Long popped over the easy conversion.
The Corbally side showed their attacking skills as the second half got underway, camping inside the opposing 22 for a long period, but they lacked the ability to open up the Ardscoil defence. The home side’s tackling was a feature of their play and when they got into the ‘Munchin’s’ 22 they always threatened to come away with points. Another good break by Sam Browne set up the next try, finished by Adam McMahon and converted by Harry Long and Ardscoil finished in style, Andrew Lyons powering over near the left hand corner and Aaron Byrne kicking the conversion.
Ardscoil now top their table but St Munchin’s will have to show big improvement if they are to remain in this competition.

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