Lyons holds nerve to land winning conversion
Crescent College Comprehensive left it very late as they struck at the death to overcome Cork's CBC in a thrilling climax to this replay at Musgrave Park.
In a game that was tight on chances and had defences on top throughout, the local side led 6-0 thanks to two penalties from fly-half Tomás Quinlan, which looked as though it was going to send CBC into the final against Rockwell on Monday.
However, there was to be a sting in the tail for CBC as the game moved into the 13th minute of injury-time and Crescent wing Greg O'Shea found enough space to make a mazy run along the right flank, which ended with him crossing the try-line to put his side back in with a chance.
The turnaround was not quite complete, however, as it took an outstanding conversion kick from out-half and captain Gearoid Lyons to make it 7-6 and break Christians' hearts.
Despite having the wind in the first half, Crescent could not forge an advantage and the game remained scoreless at half-time.
Christians fly-half Quinlan sent over two penalties early in the second half, but they could not get a try to put themselves further ahead and Crescent took advantage in that dramatic finish.
CRESCENT CC – J Frawley (J Leonard 66); J O'Sullivan, JJ O'Neill, W Leonard (J Purcell 52), G O'Shea; G Lyons (captain), G Fitzgerald; S McGee (M O'Donnell 28), J Green, L McMahon; J Keane, R Scott (E Casserly 52); D Dee, J Dinneen, J Kavanagh (C Blake 40).
CBC – C McAuliffe; R Slater, M Clune (O Hanly 68), J Dowling, S McAuliffe; T Quinlan, R Foley; L O'Connor, D Fitzgerald (V O'Brien 2), R Burke; S Gill (55), D Moloney; A Penney (E Mintern 64), A McCarthy, T Arrigan.
REF – E Hogan-O'Connell (MAR)