Cork's CBC crowned Munster Schools Senior Cup champions
CBC Cork 9 Crescent College Comprehensive 8
Solid defending from Cork's Christian Brothers College saw them hold for a one-point victory in the Munster Schools Senior Cup final at Irish Independent Park today.
Seeking their first title since 2009 and 29th overall - the one to push them ahead of great rivals PBC at the top of roll of honour - CBC had fought back from 8-3 down thanks to two James Taylor penalties on 50 and 60 minutes, but they were tested by the Limerick side in a second half which ran to 39 minutes. Ultimately, though, they prevailed.
With the wind in the first half, Crescent drew first blood with an 11th-minute penalty from Daniel Hurley. While Taylor responded in kind with a super kick from 40 metres, Crescent would still lead at half-time as they profited from a Christians knock-on four minutes from the break.
From the scrum, flanker Niall Mulcahy was prominent and the ball was worked wide to Hurley, who crossed. He prepared to take the conversion himself but the wind knocked the ball from the tee and his drop-kicked effort was wide.
Coming up to half-time, Crescent might have got in again when a penalty from deep was sent to touch, but the lineout came to nothing and CBC prevailed.
Within 15 minutes of the restart, Taylor had cut the gap to just two points with another penalty and Crescent were reduced to 14 when centre Billy O'Hora was harshly penalised for a delivberate knock-on. Just as he returned, CBC won another penalty, Taylor striking what proved to be the winner from the 10m line.
There was enough time for Crescent to search for a response and they did their best to summon one. A break by captain Calvin Nash seemed destined to produce another try but CBC's Richard Thompson made a vital game-saving interception.
Even then, the danger wasn't over as Crescent went for touch from a penalty in injury time but Thompson was again the hero, stealing possession and ensuring that Christians would take the silverware.
CBC CORK - L Coombes; B Galvin, J Harrington, A McHenry, I Casey; J Taylor, R Cassidy; L Masters, G Good (S Bushe 45), C Leahy (P Kelleher 37); R Thompson, S Duffy (F Hennessy 69); R O’Neill, D Feeney, R Hyde (D Barry 57).
CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE - D Hurley; J Fehilly, C Nash, B O’Hora, C Phillips; M Hanly, J Lyons; J Henchy, J Barry, T Connolly; J Blake, F Coleman; N Mulcahy, B Faloon, D Feasy (P Hickey 50).
Ref - K Barry (MAR).