HOLDERS Crescent College Comprehensive kept their hopes of retaining the SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup very much alive after recording a deserved 15-3 victory over PBC in their hard fought quarter-final replay at the Mardyke this Sunday.
Left winger Calvin Nash proved the Crescent College hero as he touched down for two terrific individual tries, one in either half.
Nash, a Junior Cup star with Crescent last year, showed a terrific turn of pace to run 70 metres and touch down for the Limerick side’s opening try on 32 minutes.
For good measure, the winger also struck for Crescent’s second try four minutes after the re-start which put the holders firmly on the road to victory.
This was another terrific solo effort, with the winger having the presence of mind to take off a second time as he wasn’t held in the tackle, following a sniping run through the Pres’ defence.
A penalty on the hour mark from out-half Fionn McGibney sealed Crescent’s victory.
Crescent will take great satisfaction from their defensive efforts too as Pres’ enjoyed the lions share of possession while wind-assisted in the opening half as well as in the final minutes.
Crescent’s tackling was resolute and effective, inevitably driving the PBC ball carrier backwards in contact. The Limerick side succeeded in keeping their line in tact in the closing minutes while having two players in the sin-bin and a third down injured.
Crescent also bossed the breakdown area, where their back-row forwards got through an immense amount of work, led by captain Cormac Blake
While this was a much improved display on the drawn game, Crescent will feel that there are still areas of their play that they can improve on.
On another day, Crescent will not get away with picking up three yellow cards over a 70-minute game.
The big challenge facing the Dooradoyle side now is to produce their third high intensity, 70-minute display in nine days, with their semi-final showdown with Castletroy College scheduled to take place on Friday.
SCORERS - PBC: John Poland pen. Crescent College: Calvin Nash two tries, Fionn McGibney pen, con.
PBC – Rob Reardon; Billy Pope, Paul Kiernan (Capt), Shane Daly, Cian Collins; Conor Flanagan, John Poland; Jake O’Donovan, Cian Stanton, Steve MacCarthy; David Fitzgerald, Cormac Dineem; Morgan Carey, Eoin Perry, David St Leger. Replacements: Emmet McCarthy for Stanton, Caolan O’Flynn for Dineen (both 38 mins), Graham Smith for Perry, Conor Murphy for Pope (both 45 mins), Joe Ring for O’Donovan (50 mins).
CRESCENT COLLEGE – Jack Harrington; Jason O’Sullivan, JJ O’Neill, Will Leonard, Calvin Nash; Fionn McGibney, Gary Fitzgerald; Mike O’Donnell, Caolan Moloney, Liam McMahon; Robbie Scott, Johnny Keane; Sean Fitzgerald, Jay Kavanagh, Cormac Blake (Capt). Replacements: Dylan Sheehan for Harrington (40 mins), Rory Noone for Kavanagh (57 mins), Billy O’Hora for Keane (69 mins).
REFEREE – Dave O’Flynn (IRFU)