Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fitzgerald brace rescues Pres

PBC Cork 22 Glenstal abbey 22
Munster Schools Snr Cup

Presentation Brothers clawed back a 14-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to secure a replay in this pulsating quarter-final clash at CIT yesterday.

A brace of tries from centre Ian Kenny, Hugh Connor's touchdown and two conversions and a penalty from out-half Luke Bradley looked to have set Glenstal up for victory.

But Pres responded late on with a pair of tries from captain John Fitzgerald and two sensational conversions from full-back Steve Dinan.

The inspirational No 15 had already contributed a penalty and a try of his own to keep his side in the running early on.

Based on statistics, Presentation should have won this game easily enough.

They had the better of the line-outs and scrums and they dramatically dominated the possession stakes.

But they struggled to finish off their opportunities and they looked like they had run out of options before Fitzgerald's heroics late on.

Glenstal, for their part, will feel they left this game behind them as they led for the majority of the game (12--8 at the break) and showed a clinical ability to take their chances when they managed to get some decent ball.

All told, a draw was a fair enough result and if the replay is half as good as this tie, it will be well worth attending.

PBC CORK -- S Dinan; J Barrett, S Glynn, C Murphy, B Crowley (D O'Keeffe 46), R Scannell, P O'Leary. A Slattery (R Callanan h-t), M Abbott, D Hartnett, R McCarthy, I Silke (K Farmer (46), P Derham, W Foley, J Fitzgerald (c).

GLENSTAL ABBEY -- S Gleeson (c), H Connors, A Boland, I Kenny, R Shanahan, L Bradley, A Devereux, D Higgins, C McCarthy, K Grennan (B Dunne 65), K Lynch, M O'Riordan, I McCarthy, R Dooley, T Ryan.

REF -- T Collins (Mar)

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