Last-gasp Noonan boots holders out
CBC 7 Arscoil Rís 9
Ardscoil Rís eliminated holders CBC with Maurice Noonan's injury-time penalty proving decisive at Irish Independent Park.
With Ardscoil having led by 6-0 after a wind-assisted first half, CBC found it difficult to make the breakthrough in the second period, but Scott Buckley's 55th-minute try, followed by Eoin Monahan's conversion, put them in front.
With just a point in it, Ardscoil always had hope of claiming victory and they were awarded a penalty just inside the 22 but way out on the right, which was to be the final action. Captain and kicker Craig Casey, who kicked two first-half penalties, had gone off injured by that stage, but winger Noonan judged his kick expertly and joyous scenes followed.
CBC - E Monahan; E Barrett, J Harrington (C King 70) , P O'Keeffe, JD O'Hea; J Taylor (T Downes 46), C Sisk; L Masters (J Buckley 70), D O'Connor (C Rasmussen 53), R Loftus; A Ryan, R Thompson; D McGinn (S Buckley 53), S Duffy, F Burke (B Roche 70).
Arscoil Rís - C O'Rahilly; M Noonan, C Madden, G Clancy M Gorman; D O'Gorman, C Casey (C Cusack 70); A O'Callaghan, C Slater, F Lyons; D O'Grady, R Whelan; L Clohessy, O Ring, I Brown (S Hanley 70).
Ref - T O'Donoghue (MAR)