Captain Dee sets tone as Crescent shade tough PBC battle
Crescent College will meet fellow Limerick school Castletroy in the next round after overcoming Presentation Brothers, Cork at Dooradoyle yesterday.
A penalty after just three minutes, the only score of the half, by captain Dermot Dee gave Crescent the lead, which they held until the end despite being reduced to 14 men just before half-time.
Tries from David Culhane and Greg Barry -- along with a Greg O'Shea conversion -- had Crescent leading 15-3 with 12 minutes left, but Pres narrowed the gap to a try when Gavin O'Callaghan went over. However, Crescent held on.
Crescent CC -- G O'Shea, J Frawley, D Culhane, G Barry, M Mulvihill, C Monaghan (G Lyons 30), G Fitzgerald, J Dineen, D Dee, J Sheehan, E Casserly, C Blake, S Gleeson, J Green, S McGee (J O'Connell, 56)
PBC -- P Hegarty, J Daly, G O'Callaghan, P O'Brien (C Lee 52), I Long(R Fenton 50), T Duggan, E Healy(M O'Callaghan 48), D Lane, M Murphy, M Curtin, C Casey, A Lynch, R Callanan, M Abbott, G O'Herlihy (A O'Brien 17).
CBC marched into the next round after seeing off Glenstal at Clanwilliam yesterday. Glenstal led 10-7 at the break thanks to a Kevin O'Keeffe try, conversion and penalty, with CBC responding with a Patrick Leahy try, which Ryan Foley converted.
In the second half, Foley added a penalty to level the scores and then the scrum-half scored a try to give them a 10-15 lead. Nearing full-time, Adam Finn ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts and Foley converted.
Castletroy narrowly overcame Rockwell at Annacotty yesterday.
Rockwell raced to a 10-3 half-time lead thanks to a David Johnston try after 23 minutes, converted by Colman Kennedy, who also added a penalty on 31 minutes.
In the second half, Conor Burns scored a try to narrow the gap to 8-10. In the dying minutes, Castletroy earned a penalty which McDonald kicked to edge them through.