Sunday 18 February 2018

Hurley kick-starts Crescent's decisive second-half surge

Crescent Comp 25 Glenstal Abbey 11 - Munster Schools Junior Cup

Photo: Richard Sellers/Getty Images
Photo: Richard Sellers/Getty Images

A powerful second-half display helped Crescent College Comprehensive secure an exciting first round win over Glenstal Abbey at Dooradoyle.

Last season’s Junior Cup finalists Crescent College trailed by a point, 11-10, at half-time in an entertaining Limerick derby played in ideal conditions.

Crescent made a good start when prop David Nevin powered over for a 12th-minute try which was expertly converted by winger John Hurley.

However, resilient Glenstal hit back immediately, reeling off 11 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Winger Leon Broderick finished a flowing backline move for a smashing try, while excellent out-half Ben Healy kicked two penalties.

Crucially, Crescent reduced Glenstal’s lead to a single point, 11-10, on the stroke of half-time when Hurley kicked an easy penalty from in front of the posts.

Seizing the initiative after the re-start, Crescent hit the front with Hurley kicking a 43rd-minute penalty, before the same player showed a terrific turn of pace to score a superb individual try.

At 18-11 to the good, Crescent College were now dominant and their hugely influential centre Tommy O’Hora bagged a terrific solo try in the 55th minute.

Hurley duly converted to put his side well on the road to victory.

Crescent’s reward for this fine win is a home quarter-final tie with Rockwell College later this month.

All is not lost for Glenstal Abbey, however – they will get a second chance to make the semi-finals.

However, they must travel to Cork to face PBC in their last-eight clash.

Crescent Comp: C Cusack (S Faloon); J Hurley, T O’Hora, N O’Sullivan (capt), C Philips; M Fenton, A Cosgrove; D Nevin (B Leahy), E O’Halloran, C Dennehy; F Coleman (S Burton), P King; K Moloney, J Hennessy (D Shaw-Kelly), D Feasey.

Glenstal Abbey: R Quinn; A Walsh, B Moloney, J O’Mahony (J Fehily), L Broderick (A Hogan); B Healy, A Egan (W McAleese); P Mulligan (P Prendergast), G Downing (capt), E Bergin (H Boland); D O’Donovan (M Walsh), J Fitzgerald (D Kelly); E Callaghan (R Leahy), C Booth, M Fleming.

Referee: A McInerney (IRFU).

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