O'Shea inspires Crescent triumph
Crescent Comp 20
Glenstal Abbey 13
Munster schools junior Cup
Crescent Comprehensive booked their place in the final by winning this hugely entertaining tie at Clifford Park thanks to a superb try in each half.
Glenstal were on terms at 10-10 at the end of a first half that produced flowing moves by both sides.
Indeed, Crescent's first try after only two minutes saw seven players involved before winger Jack Frawley got in at the corner. Flanker Diarmuid Dee converted and from then to the end Crescent were never behind. Glenstal got on the board when Kevin O'Keeffe landed a penalty after five minutes.
Man of the match Greg O'Shea stretched the Crescent lead with a penalty but persistent Glenstal pressure was rewarded after 17 minutes. Their outstanding No 8, Tom Ryan, picked up from the base of the scrum and barged his way over with O'Keeffe adding the conversion from close to the posts.
Another O'Shea penalty was followed by a try and conversion by the same player to have Crescent 10 points clear. Glenstal suffered a blow when Ryan had to retire injured after 41 minutes but after O'Keeffe landed a Glenstal penalty it sparked a tremendous finale as they went in search of a converted try. Jack Dineen was superb in an excellent back-row with Dee and Jack Sheehan while Cormac Blake and Eoin Casserly gave them line-out dominance and O'Shea was the star behind the scrum. Tom Ryan, Conor Buckley and out-half O'Keeffe were best on show for a gallant Glenstal side.
Crescent Comp -- G O'Shea; M Mulvihill, D Culhane, G Barry, J Frawley; G Lyons, G Fitzgerald; S McGee (J O'Connell 58), J Green, S Gleeson; C Blakem, E Casserly; J Sheehan, D Dee, J Dineen.
Glenstal Abbey -- A Devereux; E Hurley, A Boland, C Hughes, P Glavey; K O'Keeffe, C McDonagh; K Grennan, J Boland, D Dolan, (J Kenny 53); C Buckley, R O'Hara; R Dooley, K Hastings, T Ryan (P O'Shea 41).
Ref -- F Butler (MAR)