Sunday 17 December 2017

O'Shea the hero as Crescent survive Pres revival

Munster Schools Junior Cup
Crescent College Comprehensive 20
PBC 10

Holders Crescent Comprehensive produced a powerful performance at Dooradoyle to book their spot in the semi-finals. But the champions will surely not be able to take their foot off the pedal next time out as they did on this occasion.

They were coasting to victory but then the Cork side staged a late rally which yielded 10 points inside the last six minutes.

Crescent centre Greg O'Shea opened the scoring with a penalty after 10 minutes, when PBC were penalised for not releasing. Six minutes later O'Shea took off on a mazy run, before touching down for a try which Gearoid Lyons converted.

It was another superb try by O'Shea nine minutes into the second half and again Lyons converted. To round off his display O'Shea kicked a second penalty to bring his points tally to 16.

Inside the last five minutes Paddy Hegarty had a try for Pres which was converted by their best player, Conor Flanagan, who also landed a late penalty.

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

PBC -- P Hegarty; S Walia, P Kiernan, D St Ledger, E Perry; C Flanagan, H O'Keeffe; P Lee, C Stanton, S McCarthy; C O'Donovan, J Roche; M Carey, M Murphy, D Lane.

Ref -- S Curry (MAR).

Ardscoil Ris 17

St Munchin's 10

IT isn't just the hurlers that are putting Ardscoil Ris on the sporting map this year and, on yesterday's evidence, the Limerick school must be strongly fancied to add this trophy to their collection.

At Clifford Park, in glorious conditions, Ardscoil proved too strong for a brave St Munchin's side.

They went ahead after 10 minutes when prop Kelvin Brown got in for a try. Out-half Stephen Fitzgerald converted and also added a penalty to make it 10-0 at the break.

As they did in the previous round St Munchin's kept battling and a penalty by Ryan Meagher put them back in contention.

But when Joe Cannon had a try for Ardscoil, which Fitzgerald converted, it left Munchin's too much to do and a try by Mark Long, converted by Meagher, was mere consolation.

Ardscoil Ris -- B Moriarty; J Walshe, W Leonard, S Fenton, O Lyons; S Fitzgerald, R Deegan; K Bracken, J O'Halloran, K Brown; F Bradshaw-Ryan, D Wixted; J Cannon, J O'Halloran, P Obande.

St Munchin's College -- M Long; S King, J Elliott, C Duggan, L Kennedy; R Meagher, D O'Dwyer; D O'Neill, L O'Halloran, S Duffy; D Begley, E Nugent; E Brennan, S Collins, B Kilkenny.

Ref -- W O'Connor (MAR).

Castletroy College 20

Rockwell College 0

It was all one-way traffic at Clanwilliam, where Castletroy College of Limerick powered their way to the semi-finals against a disappointing Rockwell College of Tipperary.

Full-back Conor Linehan opened the Castletroy account with a penalty after 18 minutes.

That eased the nerves of the visitors and within two minutes they struck for the first of their tries when winger John Fox swept past a number of defenders to touch down under the posts and Linehan tapped over the conversion. Just on half-time Linehan landed his second penalty for a 13-0 half-time lead.

The Castletroy forwards had a firm grip on proceedings in the second half and flanker Pat O'Kane had their second try after 39 minutes which Linehan again converted to suggest that Castletroy will be a threat to any of the others still in contention.

Castletroy College -- C Linehan; J Fox, C Malone, P Butler, R Joyce; M McCarthy, R Cunningham; C Humphreys, R Sweeney, J Tierney; J O'Neill, R Larby; P O'Kane, D Kennedy, R Murphy.

Rockwell College -- W Coffey; R Deeleman, O Leahy, L Casey, L Kaminski; B Reilly, J Murray; K Farrell, S McNulty, D O'Connell; J Smyth, T Brophy; J Brophy, E McCarthy, J Feehan.

Ref -- B Twomey (MAR).

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