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Ardscoil book final place despite late scare

Published 17/03/2011 | 05:00

ArdScoil Ris survived a late scare at Dooradoyle to secure a berth in the final. This semi-final looked destined for a replay when Castletroy were awarded a penalty two minutes from the end, but after lengthy deliberation the touch judges ruled that Stephen Power's effort had curled inches wide.

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Stephen Fitzgerald had landed the opening penalty for Ardscoil after a number of close-in drives. Just after the restart Conor Linehan landed a superb penalty from 30 metres way out to the left to draw level but Fitzgerald landed the winning penalty on 46 minutes.

Ard Scoil Ris -- B Moriarty; J Walshe, W Leonard, S Fenton, O Lyons; S Fitzgerald, R Deegan; K Brown, K Bracken, K Brown; F Bradshaw Ryan, D Wixted; J Cannon, J O'Halloran, P Obande.

Castletroy College-- C Linehan (S Power); J Fox, C Malone, P Butler, R Joyce; M McCarthy, R Cunningham; C Humphreys (E Fitzgerald), R Sweeney, J Tiernan (J Deegan); J O'Neill, R Larby; P O'Kane, D Kennedy, R Murphy.

Ref -- S Currie (MAR).

Holders Crescent kept their hopes of back-to-back successes alive when they proved much too strong for Glenstal at Clanwilliam.

Within a minute Crescent went in front when second-row Michael O'Donnell stormed in for a try that Greg O'Shea converted. Glenstal kept in touch thanks to two penalties by their captain Kevin O'Keefe, but a try by Crescent winger James Beary left it 12-6 at the interval.

Crescent captain Gearoid Lyons landed a penalty seven minutes into the second half and a few minutes from the end Jack Hogan nipped in for a try, which Lyons converted.

CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE -- J O'Sullivan; J Hogan, G O'Shea, JJ O'Neill, J Beary (T Moloney 47); G Lyons (capt), E Barry; J Tuohy, C Rea, L McMahon (M O'Connor 56); M O'Donnell, J Kavanagh; R Noone, J Green, C Blake.

GLENSTAL ABBEY -- C Healy; M Boland, K O'Keeffe (Capt), H Connors, M Hogan; O Bradley, R Hogan; A Plettenberg, J Healy, J Murphy; B Clancy, N Mulvihill; K Glynn, G O'Hara, J Boland (H Healy 58).

REF- F Butler (MAR).

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