Sunday 25 February 2018

PBC bid to equal Cup record in Glenstal clash

Presentation College target their 29th Senior Cup title today. Photo: INPHO
Presentation College target their 29th Senior Cup title today. Photo: INPHO Sportsdesk

After six hard-fought matches, the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup champions will be decided today, as Glenstal Abbey and Presentation Brothers College face off.

The final, which kicks off at 4.00 at Thomond Park, will be huge for those in Murroe, their first since 1970, having been beaten by Rockwell College after a replay 47 years ago.

It's a big game for Pres too, however, as the Mardyke outfit aim to go back level with their city rivals Christian Brothers College on 29 titles, with CBC beating Crescent 9-8 to win last year's competition.

Both side had reasonably comfortable paths to the semi-final stage, with Glenstal beating St Clement's 27-10 in UL in the first round, before holding Rockwell scoreless in an 18-0 win at Clanwilliam Park.

Pres meanwhile hammered eventual semi-finalists Ardscoil Rís 40-5, before overcoming Crescent 16-3 despite finishing with just 13 men.

Both semi-finals were crackers, in front of the eir Sport cameras, who will again be today's game.

On the first day of the month PBC took on Bandon Grammar School, playing in their maiden semi-final, and despite the West Cork side drawing first blood, they struggled to add to their early penalty kicked by Sean Heuston.

Pres took the lead after the break, as Sean French's audacious chip and chase from close range saw him dive over.

Captain Jack O'Sullivan bulldozed over to seal the tie for the Mardyke outfit, who found out their final opponents the following day.

Glenstal raced into a 21-0 lead after as many minutes against Ardscoil Rís.

Little by little the Limerick boys whittled away the Glenstal lead, and after Colin Slater touched down having charged down a Glenstal kick, the margin was reduced to a point.

However, Evan Cusack's late drop-goal was blocked down, and Glenstal survived.

Tickets can be bought at the game for €10 for an adult and €5 for a juvenile; a €25 family ticket (two adults, three juniors) is also available.

Irish Independent

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