Clontarf see off depleted Munsters
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.