Tuesday 24 October 2017

Forward power sees Crescent home

Crescent CC 9
Castletroy College 8
Munster junior cup

Crescent made a winning start in defence of their title -- but only just.

In the end it was the strength of their forwards that proved the winning ingredient as they dominated the line-out and the tight, with Jay Kavanagh, Cormac Blake and John Tuohy always to the fore.

Ed Barry was excellent at scrum-half, but their midfield defence was a worry.

Despite total first-half dominance, they had to rely on three penalties for a 9-0 interval lead.

Castletroy conceded the opening penalty on 20 minutes and it was sent between the posts by Gearoid Lyons. Greg O'Shea landed the other two in the closing three minutes of the half.

Castletroy spurned three penalty chances 10 minutes after the break as they searched for a try and their decision paid off when Mark McCarthy touched down.

Seven minutes from the end, Paul Butler added a penalty to set up a grandstand finish with Crescent just about weathering the storm.

Half-backs Rory Cunningham and Mark McCarthy impressed for the losers, as did Pat O'Kane and Jack O'Neill and they are a side well capable of bouncing back through the losers' group.

Crescent CC-- G O'Shea; J Beary, J O'Sullivan, JJ O'Neill, A Crean; G Lyons, E Barry; J Tuohy, J Greene, L McMahon; R Scott M O'Donnell; R Noone, J Kavanagh, C Blake.

Castletroy College -- P Butler; J Fox, C Malone, R Phelan, R Joyce; M McCarthy, R Cunningham; C Humphreys (E Fitzgerald), R Sweeney, A Clancy; J O'Neill; R Larby (N Clohessy); P O'Kane, D Kennedy, R Murphy.

Ref -- T O'Donoughue (MAR).

Irish Independent

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