CRESCENT College Comprehensive and 2013 winners Castletroy College booked their place in the semi-finals of the Munster Schools Junior Cup after coming through their quarter-final ties at Thomond Park this Wednesday.
Last season’s beaten finalists Crescent booked their last four spot with a deserved 22-5 win over Rockwell College, while Castletroy College edged past city rivals St Munchin’s College 26-21 in a seven-try thriller.
Crescent College scored four tries in their victory over Rockwell, with a brace of touchdowns for winger Conor Phillips and one each from centre Nevil O’Sullivan and out-half Michael Fenton. Full-back John Hurley kicked three conversions for the winners who led 12-5 at half-time.
In the day’s second semi-final Castletroy College had to withstand a storming second half comeback from St Munchin’s before securing a precious victory.
Two tries in the opening quarter from Mike Ryan and Darragh Cullimore, both converted by David Moloney, helped Castletroy into a sizable 14-0 lead. St Munchin’s had halved their opponents advantage by half-time with a Mark O’Driscoll try, converted by Killian Markham.
A third Castletroy try from flanker Conor Bermingham helped the Newtown school into a 21-7 lead before St Munchin’s came storming back. Tries from Ben Shanahan and Shane Kelly, both converted by out-half Markham, tied the scored at 21-21. However, Castletroy had the final stay in stoppage time when centre Paul Clancy scampered over for the match-winning try in added time.
The remaining quarter-final takes place this Thursday when Glenstal Abbey face CBC at the Mardyke. The semi-final draw takes place after that game.
CRESCENT COLLEGE: John Hurley; Cian Cusack, Tommy O’Hora, Nevil O’Sullivan, Conor Phillips; Michael Fenton, Aaron Cosgrove; David Nevin, Eoghan O’Halloran, Conor Dennehy; Fintan Coleman, Peter King; Karl Moloney, Jack Hennessy, Daniel Feasey. Replacements: Mark Edwards, Sheehan Faloon, Conor Fitzgerald, Ben Leahy, Mark Hickey, Kevin Legear, Sean Burton, Dylan Shaw-Kelly.
CASTLETROY COLLEGE: David Moloney; Ian McCarthy, Conor Cosgrave, Paul Clancy, Eoin Murphy, Michael Kitt; Conor Lyons, Ronan Keaveney, Mike Ryan, Adam Myers; Darragh Cullimore, Sean Devitt; Eoin O’Shea, Conor Bermingham, Darragh McCrann. Replacement: Sean Mulkern for Devitt.
ST MUNCHIN’S COLLEGE: Conall Broderick; Korey Browne, Shane Murphy, Jazz Pendejito, Jordan Curry; Killian Markham, Evan Maher; Mark O’Driscoll, Shane Ryan, Mark Crowe; Alex Casey, Paddy Kelly; Ben Shanahan, Jake Murphy, Shane Kelly. Replacements: Ryan Duggan for Kelly, Thomas Harrington for Browne.