Thursday 19 July 2018

O'Connor strikes at death to clinch final spot for CBC

CBC 17-15 PBC

'An error-ridden first half was defined by a lightning score from the reigning champions just before the break through Louis Bruce - the full-back's excellent score giving Pres an eight-point lead at half-time' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'An error-ridden first half was defined by a lightning score from the reigning champions just before the break through Louis Bruce - the full-back's excellent score giving Pres an eight-point lead at half-time' Stock photo: Sportsfile

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Adam O'Connor's try, after 10 minutes of additional time, ripped away Presentation's chances of a second consecutive final in this enthralling local derby.

An error-ridden first half was defined by a lightning score from the reigning champions just before the break through Louis Bruce - the full-back's excellent score giving Pres an eight-point lead at half-time.

It was made harder still for the Sidney Hill outfit four minutes into the second half when Mark McLoughlin powered over the line, Sean French adding the extras for a 15-0 scoreline with half an hour left.

A lifeline arrived moments later for Christians when Eoghan Barrett went over from close range and with fewer than 15 minutes left, centre Barrett set up the close finish (15-12) with his second.

Referee Robert O'Sullivan gave CBC's Eoin Monahan the chance to level proceedings but his shot came off the post, but O'Connor ensured they were celebrating a thrilling win when he touched down with the final play of the game.

PBC - L Bruce; M McLoughlin, S French, J Wren, S O'Donovan (N Murphy 68); J Broderick, D Harrington (J O'Shaughnessy 57); T Ormond, B Scannell (c), D McCarthy; E Burns (R Foley 60), E Quilter; A Kendellan, M McCarthy, D Hyland (M Fitzgibbon 19).

CBC - R Hedderman; M Bowen (JD O'Hea 42), E Barrett (C Whooley 72), T Downes, A O'Conor; E Monahan, J O'Riordan (L Khan 52); M Donnelly (R Loftus 67), D O'Connor (D Good 48), L Masters; A Ryan, C Hurley; J Willis (S Buckley 40), R Barry, B Roche (c).

REF - R O'Sullivan (MRU).

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