Crescent to face Glenstal in Junior Cup semi-final as Castletroy bow out

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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CRESCENT College Comprehensive will face Glenstal Abbey in an all-Limerick semi-final in this season’s Munster Schools Junior Cup on Thursday next.

CRESCENT College Comprehensive will face Glenstal Abbey in an all-Limerick semi-final in this season’s Munster Schools Junior Cup on Thursday next.

While last year’s beaten finalists, Crescent College secured their semi-final place on the back to an exciting quarter-final win over CBC, Glenstal recorded a dramatic last gasp win over Ardscoil Ris in their last eight clash.

Thursday’s semi-final will have a 3pm kick-off, with the venue to be confirmed shortly.

In the opening semi-final, Rockwell College will host PBC at Clanwilliam Park on Wednesday next at 3pm.

Munster Schools Junior Cup semi-final fixtures:

Glenstal Abbey School v Crescent College Comprehensive, Thursday, March 13, 3pm, venue tbc

Rockwell College v PBC, Wednesday, March 12, Clanwilliam Park, 3pm

HOLDERS Castletroy College crashed out of the Munster Schools Junior Cup after suffering a 10-7 defeat to Rockwell College in their quarter-final replay at Clanwilliam Park this Thursday.

Having trailed by 10 points at half-time when Rockwell were aided by a stiff breeze, Castletroy fought back bravely in the second half. However, a terrific team try in the 57th minute, finished off superbly by exciting winger Muiris Rowsome in the left corner, and smashing conversion from out-half Rory Hannon, was Castletroy’s only reward for their pressure.

Ultimately, Rockwell’s exceptional defence proved the difference between the sides, with Castletroy’s task of chasing the game made more difficult as the second half wore on due to the worsening weather conditions.

The sides had finished level, 10-10, at the end of an absorbing drawn fixture on Thomond Park’s back pitch on Monday.

Backed by the elements in the opening half, Rockwell enjoyed the upperhand and it took some tenacious defending from the Limerick side to deny their number eight Conor Cashman from scoring the game’s opening try on 18 minutes.

From a five-metre scrum soon after, Rockwell eventually opened the scoring with out-half Paudie Feehan touching down close to the posts. Feehan also added the conversion and crucially a 26th minute penalty goal.

Castletroy upped their performance in the second half, dominating both territory and possession. However, Rockwell’s defence held firm until Rowsome’s five-pointer. However, time ultimately ran out on the Newtown school’s bid to retain the title.

SCORERS - Rockwell College: Paudie Feehan try, con, pen. Castletroy College: Muiris Rowsome try, Rory Hannon con.

ROCKWELL COLLEGE - Joey Noonan; Gary Kavanagh, Jamie Stone, Paudie Leamy, Loic Gately; Paudie Feehan, Oisin Mangan; Michael Kennedy, Diarmuid Barron, Kevin Kelly; Bill O’Brien, Mark Collins, David Shaw, Andrew Phelan, Conor Cashman. Replacements: Brian Fitzpatrick for Phelan (41 mins); Cole Ryder for Kelly (50 mins.

CASTLETROY COLLEGE: Darragh Gibbons; Brian Nash, Eoghan Carew, Shane Mullins, Muiris Rowsome; Rory Hannon, Shane Morgan; Bryan Sheehan, Matthew Hartigan, Mark Bromell, Daniel O’Brien-Christie, Sean Fitzpatrick, Sean English, Aaron Kennedy, Darragh O’Neill. Replacements: Jack Minihan for Nash (24 mins); Luca Ridder for Kennedy (51 mins).

REFEREE: Chris Harrington (IRFU)