HOLDERS Crescent College Comprehensive experienced the full gamut of emotion before their absorbing SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final clash with PBC, of Cork, ended in a thrilling 21-21 draw at Rosbrien this Wednesday.
Cup favourites Crescent looked in real danger of suffering a shock exit from the competition when trailing 16-7 early in the second half.
However, the Dooradoyle side showed terrific composure and resolve to lead 21-16 deep in injury time.
But the drama wasn’t over yet. In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Pres’ crossed for a dramatic try through winger Cian Collins which tied the scores at 21-21.
The Crescent faithful had their hearts in their mouths as PBC scrum-half John Poland lined up the difficult conversion. However, Poland’s attempt, kicked into the teeth of a strong wind , flew narrowly wide.
The drama wasn’t over yet, however. Two minutes later, Crescent out-half Fionn McGibney had the chance to win it for his side. However, his penalty attempt from an acute angle wide out on the right flew narrowly wide.
A draw was perhaps the fairest result and the sides will meet again in the replay at a Cork venue, to be confirmed, most likely on this Sunday, March 2.
Crescent, who trailed 7-13 at half-time had tries from excellent centre JJ O’Neill, flying winger Calvin Nash and scrum-half Gary Fitzgerald. Out-half McGibney added three conversions, including one stunning effort in the opening half.
SCORERS - Crescent College Comprehensive: JJ O’Neill, Calvin Nash, Gary Fitzgerald try each, Fionn McGibney three cons. PBC: David St Leger, Cian Collins try each, John Poland three pens, con.
CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE: Dylan Sheehan; 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. Replacements; Ed Barry for Fitzgerald ((63 mins), Andrew Harrison for O’Neill (64 mins), Billy O’Hora for Nash (injured, 65 mins), Rory Noone for Kavanagh (66 mins).
PBC : Rob Reardon; Billy Pope, Paul Kiernan (Capt), Shane Daly, Cian Collins; Conor Flanagan, John Poland; Jake O’Donovan, Cian Stanton, Steve McCarthy; David Fitzgerald, Cormac Doneen; Morgan Carey, Eoin Perry, David St Leger. Replacements used: Caolan O’Flynn, Joe Ring, Emmet McCarthy.
REFEREE: Will O’Connor (IRFU)