Crescent College got their Munster Schools Junior Cup campaign off to a winning start on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a 16-5 win over PBC.
Crescent have won the competition for two of the past three seasons and on the evidence of this impressive performance, their current side will fancy their chances of adding to that.
Crescent were far from flattered by their 11-point victory margin, although it was not until stoppage time that they made the game safe with a penalty goal from the boot of out-half Cian Clifford and stunning solo try from hugely influential centre, Billy O’Hora. O’Hora forms a formidable midfield partnership with the equally strong running, Calvin Nash, who captains the side.
Crescent took the lead on seven minutes when the left-footed Clifford landed a sweetly struck penalty goal.
However, PBC hit back strongly and took the lead in the 21st minute when lock Luke O’Connor finally barged his way over.
Crescent were far from rattled by this body blow and responded with a terrific try of their own on 27 minutes. Following a scrum close to the half-way line, the ball was quickly fed to centre O’Hora who sent full-back Dickinson into space. The PBC defence couldn’t cope with his pace and the full-back touched down superbly. With conversion attempt hitting an upright, Crescent enjoyed an 8-5 interval lead.
Crescent retained that lead until stoppage time when Clifford landed his second penalty goal and O’Hora struck for a brilliant individual try when he showed power and pace.
Crescent’s reward for this victory is a home quarter-final meeting with Glenstal Abbey.
SCORERS – Crescent College Comprehensive: Glen Dickinson, Billy O’Hora try each, Cian Clifford two pens. PBC: Luke O’Connor try.
CRESCENT – Glen Dickinson; Conor McSweeney, Billy O’Hora, Calvin Nash (Capt), Jordan Young-O’Connor; Cian Clifford, Jack Lyons; Anson Thai, Jason Barry, Sean Scanlon-Garry; Brian Considine, John Blake; Conor Slattery, Peter Hickey, Niall Mulcahy. Replacements: Bailey Faloon for Blake, Luke O’Connell for Young-O’Connor (injured). Not used: Brian Ryan, Ed Barry, Sean Downes, Joe Barry, Michael Mullins, Andrew Reeves.
PBC – Patrick Fitzgerald; Shane O’Brien, Sean Lucey, Ross Murphy, Conor Duggan; Barry Ryan, Billy Pope; Conor Ormond, Michael Shinkwin, Sam Deane; Fiachra Kelleher, Luke O’Connor; Graham Smith, Eoin O’Shea, Brian O’Mahony. Replavcements: Niall O’Brien, Kyle Harte, Ryan Butt, Daire McDonagh, Cian Fitzgerald, Conor O’Dwyer, Kevin O’Leary, Jimmy Costello.