Crescent and CBC must meet again in the Munster Schools Senior Cup after they played out a 3-3 draw in Tom Clifford Park on Thursday afternoon.
The replay is fixed for next Tuesday, March 12, in Musgrave Park.
The wet and greasy conditions militated against a flowing, open game of rugby and unsurprisingly most of the tie was fought out among the respective forwards. The Crescent back-row duo of Jack Dinneen and Diarmuid Dee were especially prominent with ball in hand.
With scoring opportunities at a premium, the only points of the tie arrived in the opening half. Crescent out-half Gearoid Lyons kicked the Limerick side into front with a 12th minute penalty goal, which was cancelled out by a similar effort from Christians centre Tomas Quinlan five minutes later.
Both Lyons and Quinlan were off target with a further penalty attempt each in the second period after the sides remained deadlocked, 3-3, at half-time.
CBC appeared to have a great opportunity to edge in front in the 62nd minute when awarded a very kickable penalty on the Crescent ’22. However, on the intervention of a touch judge who spotted CBC had 16 players on the pitch after a replaced player remained on the pitch, the decision was reversed and a penalty was instead awarded to the home side.
CBC included Alex Penney, son of Munster coach Rob, in their back-row, while Crescent were boosted by the return from injury of their Irish schools winger, Greg O’Shea.
A draw was a fair result in the end and both teams will be hoping to learn valuable lessons from the fixture.
Tuesday’s replay at Musgrave Park has a 3pm kick-off time.
SCORERS – Crescent College Comprehensive 3 (Gearoid Lyons pen), CBC 3 (Tomas Quinlan pen)
CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE – James Frawley; Jason O’Sullivan, JJ O’Neill, William Leonard, Greg O’Shea; Gearoid Lyons (Capt), Gary Fitzgerald; Michael O’Donnell, James Green, Liam McMahon, Jonathon Keane, Robert Scott; Diarmuid Dee, Jay Kavanagh, Jack Dinneen. Replacements: Sean McGee for O’Donnell (60 mins), Eoin Casserly for Kavanagh, Cormac Blake for Keane (66 mins). Not used: Cillian Rea, Gerard Mullins, Edmond Barry, Joseph Purcell, Jack Leonard.
CBC – Chris McAuliffe; Rory Slater, Tomas Quinlan, Joe Dowling, Shane McAuliffe; Cillian Monohan, Ryan Foley; Liam O’Connor, Devin Fitzgerald, Rory Burke (Capt); Sean Gill, Darragh Moloney; Alex Penney, Tadhg Arrigan, Adam McCarthy. Replacements: Olan Hanly for Dowling (injured, 34 mins), Michael Clune for Monohan, Evan Mintern for Gill (both 47 mins), Gael Kalenga for Penney (60 mins), Vincent O’Brien for Fitzgerald (65 mins).
REFEREE – Shane Kierans (MAR)