Clontarf see off de­pleted Mun­sters

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Rugby -

An un­der­strength Young Mun­ster team suf­fered their third semi-fi­nal de­feat in as many years as Clontarf proved too strong at Cas­tle Av­enue.

Clontarf ran in six tries, in­clud­ing a brace from for­mer Le­in­ster winger Mi c k McGrath. Young Mun­ster were with­out Dan Gog­gin, Cian Bo­hane, Robin Copeland and Gavin Coombes, who started for Mun­ster ‘A’ in Fri­day’s B&I Cup fi­nal suc­cess.

McGrath led the way, scor­ing un­der the posts in the third minute with David Joyce con­vert­ing. Young Mun­ster’s teenage out­half Alan Ty­nan cut through for a brace of first-half tries. Cru­cially, Clontarf took ad­van­tage of a yel­low card to score 10 points in the lead-up to half-time, out­half Joyce land­ing a penalty and con­vert­ing cap­tain Ben Reilly’s late score.

Ei­ther side of Ty­nan’s 50th minute penalty, McGrath burst through for his sec­ond try and cen­tre Conor O’Brien touched down. Rob McGrath joined his brother as a try scorer on the hour mark and scrumhalf Mark Sutton tagged on the sixth try late on.

Mun­sters had a penalty try in the fi­nal play and a 72nd-minute con­verted try from Ire­land Un­der-20 Jack Lyons.

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