Monday 26 September 2016

Old Crescent celebrate U-20s glory

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

Old Crescent U-20s enjoy their North Munster League triumph
Old Crescent U-20s enjoy their North Munster League triumph
Captain Rory Cunningham accepts the trophy from Brian Nolan

Old Crescent recently claimed the U-20s North Munster League title at Dooradoyle with a 17-10 win over Clanwilliam in a hard-fought final at Dooradoyle.

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Crescent opened the scoring after 10 minutes with a penalty from out-half Conor Lenihan.

Midway through the first half, Crescent drove over the line from a lineout, with Geoffrey Coyne claiming the score under a mass of bodies. Lenihan added the conversion to put his side 10 points clear.

Clanwilliam gradually got into the game and began to exert pressure on the Crescent pack.

On the half-hour, the Tipperary side were awarded a penalty which was converted by outhalf Niall Leahy.

With half-time approaching, Clanwilliam struck deep into the Crescent half and after a series of forward attacks Tommy Allen crashed over. Leahy added the conversion to leave the teams tied at 10 points apiece at half time.

Seven minutes into the second half, Crescent struck the decisive blow when Paul McNamara forced his way over the line after a series of Cattacks in the Clon 22. Lenihan added the conversion to put Crescent back in front.

For the rest of the second half, Clanwilliam had several chances to get back into contention and Crescent had several chances to go further ahead, but both teams showed superb defensive qualities in denying each other any further scores.

Old Crescent emerged winners after a thrilling game of rugby.

Old Crescent captain Rory Cunningham accepted the Frank Keane Trophy which was presented by Brian Nolan of the North Munster Committee.

Irish Independent

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