Old Crescent reach Munster Senior Cup semi-final

Colm Kinsella

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Old Crescent reach Munster Senior Cup semi-final

OLD Crescent set up a Munster Senior Cup semi-final clash with Young Munster after thumping UCC 43-12 in their quarter-final tie at the Mardyke on Saturday.

Ulster Bank League Division 2C champions Old Crescent ran in six tries to book a home semi-final with their Greenfields neighbours.

Crescent made seven changes from the side which beat Tullamore in the AIL a week earlier.

Crescent hit the front with a Shane O’Brien penalty goal on seven minutes. A try from captain Cathal O’Reilly, converted by O’Brien helped the Rosbrien side into a 10-0 lead.

As half time approached, the Limerick side was again on the offensive and from a ruck on the UCC five-metre line the ball was fed out to winger Conor Lehihan who beat the cover to touch down beside the corner flag.

Prop Alex Simpson showed some neat skills to break away from the back of a ruck and stretch out to touch down for another Crescent try soon after the restart. O’Brien’s conversion made it 22-0.

UCC scored a converted try soon after, but a second Crescent try from captain O’Reilly helped the Limerick side regain control.

Crescent wrapped up the win with two further tries from Sean Monaghan and a smashing individual effort from Val McDermott.

The game was also notable for the fact that is saw Munster Senior Cup debuts for five Old Crescent players, two of whom scored tries, Conor Lenihan, Val McDermot, Niall Hardiman, Sean Fitzgerald, and Jack Broderick.