Friday 19 January 2018

CBC have a friend in impressive out-half Taylor

CBC 13 PBC 12

CBC's Liam Coombes on his way to scoring his side's first try. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
CBC's Liam Coombes on his way to scoring his side's first try. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile
CBC's Colin Sisk and Daire Feeney celebrate after the game. Photo: Eóin Noonan / Sportsfile

Munster Schools Senior Cup

James Taylor's impressive kicking underpinned CBC's progression to the final of the Clayton Hotel Munster Schools Senior Cup.

This Cork semi-final derby at Irish Independent Park went down to the wire when Sean French crossed for a Pres try, with Peter Sylvester adding the conversion to leave just a point in it.

A game-winning intervention remained elusive though and CBC stayed on course for a first title since 2009. The Sidney Hill outfit had done much of the legwork in the first half, despite being on the back foot in the early stages.

Pres took the lead when No 8 Jack T O'Sullivan blocked a clearing kick and chased on to touch down, but Taylor's penalty soon after that got CBC off the mark.

They took the lead when, having repelled Pres pressure, centre Alex McHenry broke, with flanker Ross O'Neill continuing the progress before handing off to full-back Liam Coombes to touch down.

Taylor's excellent conversion left it 10-5 at half-time and once more good defence denied Pres upon the resumption. On 51 minutes, another penalty from Taylor made it a two-score game, but Pres got the first of those when French benefited from Jonathan Wren's long pass to get a try.

That was as close as they came though, with CBC awaiting the winners of this afternoon's other semi-final between Castletroy College and Crescent College Comprehensive.

CBC - L Coombes; B Galvin, J Harrington, A McHenry, I Casey; J Taylor, R Cassidy (C Sisk 57); P Kelleher, G Good (S Bushe 41), C Leahy (C McHugh 68); R Thompson, S Duffy (F Hennessy 41); R O'Neill, R Hyde (D Barry 57), D Feeney.

PBC - J Wren; P Buckley (T Fitzgerald 58), L O'Connor, J O'Shea, S French; P Sylvester, H Shanahan; B O'Connor, M Shinkwin, S Deane; C O'Flynn (P Crowley 67), B O'Mahony; C Fitzgerald (Jack E O'Sullivan 52), D Hyland, Jack T O'Sullivan.

Ref - M Connolly (MAR)

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