Two Cian Taaffe tries helped Ardee Community School’s senior rugby team secure their place in the quarter finals of the 2017/2018 McMullen Cup, as Andy Robb’s team look to go one further and claim the trophy after last year’s crushing final defeat.
The Ardee boys travelled to Malahide Rugby Club on Tuesday morning to face Malahide Community School in round two of the competition, and captain Joe Mulholland (pictured above) added a try to Taaffe’s brace in seeing off the hosts 19-0. Liam Devitt converted two of those three tries to seal a comfortable enough win.
After their round one clash with Drogheda Grammar was conceded last week, this was the first McMullen Cup outing of the campaign for ACS and their first since a chastening 60-15 to Wexford’s Good Counsel College at Donnybrook Stadium last March.
There will be tougher assignments to come, starting in round three where Ardee now await the winners of St Marys Drogheda and Dundalk Grammar School.
The seniors have already enjoyed wins over DGS and St Ciaran’s Kells in Division 2A Northeast Pool 1 action this season – and while Robb will be impressing on his team the need to improve, Ardee once again fancied to be competing at the buisness end of the competition come Spring.
Despite missing a number of first XV regulars for the trip to north Dublin, Ardee took command of proceedings from an early stage and never looked in danger against their opponents.
Malahide themselves were denied by some strong work in the Ardee backline, while the visitors did have opportunities to put the game to bed – but they themselves were guilty of over-carrying and forcing the ball.
If Ardee are to overcome St Marys or Dundalk Grammar in the third round (last eight), one team they won’t be meeting in the latter stages are last year’s winners Good Counsel New Ross.
The winners lost out to Colaiste Bhride today in their first round encounter in Gorey, going down 7-17.