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Donovan seals semi spot

CRESCENT Comprehensive College had to draw on all of their battling qualities to see off Ard Scoil Ris in a hard-fought all-Limerick quarter-final showdown at Dooradoyle.

The game came to life after Diarmuid Dee landed a penalty for Crescent on 25 minutes.

Larry Hanley got in for a try three minutes later and Dee added the conversion to make it 10-0.

Things were looking bleak for Ard Scoil Ris, but they grabbed a lifeline before the interval when Eoin McCabe got over for a try, which was not converted.

That set the scene for an intriguing second period but, try as they did, Ard Scoil were unable to find a way back to parity and Crescent clinched victory when replacement Jack Donovan got over for his side's second try 22 minutes into the half.

Crescent comprehensive -- B Murphy; P O'Sullivan, D Dee (M McElligott), G Barry, C Buckley; L Hanley, M D'Arcy; C O'Connor, R Kavanagh, N Horan; S Stanley (J Donovan), J Dinneen; B McSweeney (J Keays), P Ryan, S Monaghan (capt).

Ard Scoil Ris -- K Phelan; A McNamara, J McGarry (E Farrell), A O'Byrne, A McGrath (S Considine); S Noonan (L McMahon), R Collins; D Canny, D O'Shea, B Masterson; P O'Sullivan, E McCabe; C Power, P Hodnett, P McGann (capt).

Ref -- F Butler (MAR).

Irish Independent