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Sunday 19 November 2017

Last-gasp Murray breaks CBC hearts

Castletroy 14
CBC cork 11
MUNSTER SCHOOLS SENIOR CUP Q/F

Peter Murray landed a drop-goal with the last act of the game to snatch a dramatic victory for Castletroy at a chilly Clifford Park yesterday.

A previously unremarkable encounter exploded into life in the last five minutes.

First, with the scores tied at 6-6, Murray burst through the CBC defence and when possession was recycled, fellow centre Stephen O'Carroll crashed over in the corner. The conversion was missed.

CBC refused to lie down and from a line-out on half-way, they worked their way upfield until winger Cathal Quinn flicked a pass for full-back Darragh McNamara to go over out wide.

McNamara could not add the extra and it looked as though the game would go to extra-time.

Instead of dropping their heads and pondering what might have been, Castletroy won possession and their forwards hammered away at the CBS defence.

The Cork boys held firm, but Castletroy scrum-half Neil Cronin fired out a lovely pass and Murray struck a beautiful winning drop-goal.

CASTLETROY -- P O'Connor; W Shanahan, P Murray, S O'Carroll, A Fullen; P Quinn, N Cronin; K Kennedy, J Rael, A De Souza; D O'Brien, M O'Dywer; K Doyle, M Dooley, E Carroll.

CBC -- D McNamara; C O'Halloran, K Slater, C Barry, C Quinn; B Monohan, R McCarthy; M O'Mahoney, K Stokes, R Martin (G O'Gorman, 45); D Mullins (C Keogh 55), Y Browne; S Handbidge, C Gallagher, S Glynn.

Ref -- D O'Flynn (IRFU)

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