Munster Schools Senior Cup - Crescent into final after thrilling win

Crescent captain Gearoid Lyons
Crescent College secured their place in next Monday’s Munster Schools Senior Cup final thanks to a thrilling 7-6 win over CBC in Cork on Tuesday afternoon.

Crescent College secured their place in next Monday’s Munster Schools Senior Cup final thanks to a thrilling 7-6 win over CBC in Cork on Tuesday afternoon.

Christians had looked all set to win a keenly-contested replay when leading 6-0 deep in added time. However, Crescent managed to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat in the 10th minute of stoppage time when their Irish Schoolboy winger Greg O’Shea scampered over for a dramatic try. Out-half Gearoid Lyons, pictured right, showed admirable composure to land the vital conversion from close to the touchline and into a stiff breeze. The final whistle sounded immediately after the kick was landed.

Crescent, whose last Senior Cup success came in 1994, can now look forward to a Bank Holiday Monday showdown with three-in-a-row seeking Rockwell College at Thomond Park (2pm).

After a highly competitive opening half, which had failed to produce a single point, wind-assisted CBC built a useful 6-0 lead with two penalty goals from Tomas Quinlan.

However, the gritty Crescent side, backboned by Munster Junior Cup winners from both 2010 and 2011, struck back when it mattered most.

Crescent will be looking to overturn their opening round defeat to Rockwell in January when the Dooradoyle side lost out on a 15-5 scoreline.

SCORERS - CBC: Tomas Quinlan two pens; Crescent College: Greg O’Shea try, Gearoid Lyons con.

CBC - Chris McAuliffe; Rory Slater, Michael Clune, Joe Dowling, Shane McAuliffe; Tomas Quinlan Ryan Foley; Liam O’Connor, Devin Fitzgerald, Rory Burke; Sean Gill, Darragh Moloney; Alex Penney, Tadgh Arrigan, Adam McCarthy. Replacements: Vincent O’Brien, Shane Galvin, Greg Roche, Evan Mintern, Gale Kalenga, Jason Higgins, Mickey Fielding, Olan Hanly.

CRESCENT - James Frawley; Jason O’Sullivan, JJ O’Neill, William Leonard, Greg O’Shea; Gearoid Lyons (capt), Gary Fitzgerald; Sean McGee, James Green, Liam McMahon; Jonathon Keane, Robert Scott; Diarmuid Dee, Jay Kavanagh, Jack Dinneen. Replacements: Cillian Rea, Gerard Mullins, Michael O’Donnell, Eoin Casserly, Cormac Blake, Edmond Barry, Joseph Purcell, Jack Leonard.

Referee: Eddie Hogan-O’Connell (M.A.R.)