Saturday 16 December 2017

Cork and Limerick braced for derbies

John Madigan and James Cronin with Bank of Ireland’s Morgan Whelan at the underage competitions launch.
John Madigan and James Cronin with Bank of Ireland’s Morgan Whelan at the underage competitions launch. Sportsdesk

The city rivalries continue next week, as once more it's a Cork and Limerick derby at the penultimate stage, this time in the Clayton Hotels Junior Cup semi-finals.

On Tuesday, March 7 Crescent College Comprehensive face Castletroy College at Thomond in the first of what's sure to be an extremely tight contest (2.0).

Crescent's first-round game was a thriller, drawing 15 apiece with Christians, with the Cork club progressing on the first-try rule. The Limerick side saved their better performance for the knockout stages, beating Rockwell 21-5.

Castletroy's opening game also went down to the wire, with Cian White's try four minutes from time - his second of the game - edging out Bandon Grammar 12-10 at Bandon RFC.

The quarter-final draw pitted them against St Clement's, a game which went more smoothly for the Limerick side. A converted Robert Magill try put them ahead and despite Clement's scoring late in the first half, Castletroy still led at the break through Rory's Murphy's try just before the whistle.

They made sure of their semi-final berth midway through the second period, as Murphy completed his brace as 'Troy held on for the win.

Wednesday sees the meeting of old rivals Christians and Pres at Irish Independent Park (2.0), with the Sydney Hill school looking to close a large 13-title gap behind the Mardyke side.

Christians look like a side gaining in confidence; after their aforementioned first-try victory against Crescent, the Corkonians avenged the defeat of their Senior side to Ardscoil Rís with an assured 30-8 win against the Limerick outfit. Aaron Leahy, Leo Daly, Conor Lavin and Robbie Shalloe all grabbed tries with CBC looking a force.

Standing in their way are Pres, who have had an altogether more complicated route to the penultimate stage. A hugely entertaining first-round match in Garryowen against Ardscoil saw the Corkonians run in three tries on the way to a 23-17 win.

Richie Foley's late efforts in the quarter-final against St Munchins helped Pres through the quarter-finals.

Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup Semi-Final Draw:

Crescent CC v Castletroy College , Tuesday, March 7, Thomond Park, 2.0.

Presentation Brothers College v Christian Brothers College, Wednesday, March 8, Irish Independent Park, 2.0.

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