CBC Monkstown, Wesley College and Kilkenny College advance in Vinnie Murray Cup
January 11, 2018 / 10:00 am / Site Editor
CBC Monkstown put seven tries on scoreless Wilson’s Hospital (43-0) in the first of a Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Senior Cup first round double header at Donnybrook on Wednesday.
They were moving at more than a point a minute when leading by 24 through tries from right wing Theo Brady, full-back Harry Shaw, prop Tadhg St Ledger-Quinn and a stunning individual effort from flanker Niall Scully.
There was a gap in class but not in commitment as Wilson’s captain William Ashmore and flanker Alex Kenny flew to the tackle and out-half Ryan McHugh bumped off defenders and kicked creatively.
When Daniel Montayne was binned, it did open up space for Wilson’s to attack. They just couldn’t take full advantage.
Shaw made it a double and in the 42nd minute replacements Jake Doherty and Eoghan Grehan completed the victory.
In the second match-up, Wesley took time to shake off St Patrick’s, Navan, 29-12, eventually getting on top in the second-half.
Initially, it looked like Wesley were going to put on a clinic from their two tries from props Peter Costello and Noah Young, the second converted by scrum-half Jack Atkinson, for 12-0 in the 15th minute.
They had to think again when the Navan boys struck back in fine style, engineering tries for impressive full-back Cian McBride and prop Patrick McLoughlin,
centre Ciaran Morgan’s extras making it a tied game at the interval.
Wesley replacement Harry Fanning provided the spark for their third try and hooker Jamie Kavanagh added their fourth, for Atkinson to convert, for 24-12 in the 55th minute before centre Luke Fitzpatrick closed it out.
The winners now move on to a quarter-final with Kilkenny College, who had it all their way in a 47-0 whitewash of Coláiste Bhride, from Carnew, at Co. Carlow FC.
It was a bright display from out-half Craig Strong that guided the Marble City kids, providing 17 points, including one of the seven tries.
There was a double from wing Matthew Hodgins and further tries by flanker Chris Reynolds, prop Adam Earle, winger William Seale and replacement Keegan Bradley.
2018 Bank of Ireland Vinnie Murray Cup – Fixtures & Results
Wilson’s Hospital School 0 CBC Monkstown Park 43 (Donnybrook Stadium)
St Patrick’s Classical School, Navan 12 Wesley College 29 (Donnybrook Stadium)
Coláiste Bhride, Carnew 0 Kilkenny College 47 (Co. Carlow FC)
The High School v Mount Temple Comprehensive (Donnybrook Stadium, KO 2pm)
CUS v Dundalk Grammar School (Ashbourne RFC, KO 2.30pm)
Gorey Community School v The King’s Hospital (Greystones RFC, KO 2.30pm)
Salesian College v Skerries Community College (Donnybrook Stadium, KO 4pm)