THERE was disappointment for Crescent College Comprehensive in the SEAT Munster Schools Junior Cup final on Wednesday when they lost 17-12 to PBC.
Played in glorious conditions, Crescent were going for a double success after winning the senior cup last week but their brave effort fell short against a fine Cork outfit.
It means that the Dooradoyle school have now lost two finals in succession (they were beaten by Castletroy 12 months ago) but there is no doubt that there is a fine player base in the school.
Although Crescent started well and applied some good early pressure, they couldn’t get scores on the board and needed a brillaint covering tackle from center Daniel Hurley to prevent PBC’s Michael St Leger from scoring an intercept try after just five minutes.
But the Cork side soon got off the mark with a penalty from the boot of James Broderick. And PBC increased their lead shortly after, captain Jack O’Shea breaking through the Crescent defence to get the game’s first try. Broderick tapped over the conversion to make it 10-0.
Crescent weathered this early storm though and were rewarded when Aaron Cosgrave touched down. Daniel Hurley made the initial break and he passed to the supporting Cosgrave. He was tap-tackled close to the line but he carried on and referee Ken Imbusch awarded the try after consulting with his touch judges.
The conversion was missed and at half-time, Crescent trailed 10-5.
PBC went over for their second try ten minutes into the second half when Cian Fitzgerald crossed and Broderick’s conversion pushed them 12 points clear.
But Crescent refused to lie down and with four minutes remaining they were right back in contention when sub Mark Fitzgerald got their second try. A free-kick awarded off a five-metre scrum was taken quickly and Fitzgerald burrowed over from close range.
A brilliant conversion from Brian Ryan left the score at 17-12 as Crescent went in search of a late winning score.
Hurley did make a great break but he was bundled into touch and the final whistle sounded shortly after as PBC held on.
SCORERS - PBC: James Broderick two conversions, one penalty; Jack O’Shea and Cian Fitzgerald one try each; Crescent: Aaron Cosgrave and Mark Fitzgerald one try each; Brian Ryan conversion
PBC - Michael Healy, Paul Buckley, James Broderick, Jack O’Shea (Capt), Michael St Leger; Peter Sylvester, Harry Shanahan; Niall O’Brien, Billy Scannell, Kevin Morris; Conor O’Flynn, Jack O’Sullivan; Brian O’Connor, Cian Fitzgerald, Jack O’Sullivan. Replacements: Declan O’Brien, Cian Scott, Ethan Keane, Caoimh Glavin, David Duggan, David Harrington, Harry Dillon, Tom Fitzgerald
CRESCENT - Brian Ryan; Kelvin Brosnahan, Daniel Hurley, Mark Shanahan, Aaron Cosgrave; Matthew Hanley, Brian Fitzgerald; Jack Henchey, Michael Sheehan, Sean Garry-Scanlon; Scott Leahy, Peter King; Thomas Connolly, Edwin Wixted, John Blake. Replacements: Eoin O’Halloran, Conor Dennehy, Cillian Reynolds, Mark Fitzgerald, Niall Gannon, Killian O’Shaughnessy, Karl Moloney, Rory McMahon
REFEREE: Ken Imbusch