CASTLETROY College and Crescent Crescent College Comprehensive both exited the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup at the quarter-final stage at UL this Wednesday against Cork opposition,
Crescent College suffered a 25-14 defeat to PBC, while it was a case of heartbreak at the death for Castletroy College who succumbed 17-15 to Bandon Grammar School as the West Cork students won through with a penalty goal from the last kick of the game.
Crescent College shipped three tries in the opening 18 minutes to trail Pres' 17-0.
The Dooradoyle side did hit back with a well-taken try just before half-time through second-row Desmond Fitzgerald, which was converted by centre Darragh Casserly to leave the score 17-7 at the break.
The second half began in horrific weather conditions as a heavy hail shower hit the venue.
After Pres' struck for a fourth try soon after the restart, replacement prop John Bourke touched down for Crescent from close range in the 52nd minute. When Casserly was again on target with the conversion, suddenly the score was 22-14.
Crescent remained well in the contest with second rows Fitzgerald and Dean O'Grady, flanker Patrick Dolphin, centre Darragh Casserly and winger Elvis Duruji to the fore.
However, a 58th minute penalty from Pres’ full-back Daniel Squires finally clinched a deserved victory for the Leesiders.
Meanwhile, two-time Junior Cup winners Castletroy College had looked all set to reach the semi-finals when leading 15-14 as the clock ticked into stoppage time.
However, Bandon out-half Louis Archer kept his nerve to land the dramatic match winning penalty goal from 27 metres out in windy conditions.
Castletroy scrum-half Jack Oliver kicked a first half penalty goal for the Limerick side which trailed 3-7 at half-time.
A smashing break from Castletroy centre Sam Hanrahan shortly after the restart created the opening for winger Evan O'Halloran to touch down. The Limerick side now led 8-7.
Back came Bandon as the lead changed hands four times in the second half and a second converted try for the West Cork side helped them into a 14-8 lead.
To their credit, resilient Castletroy powered back. With the likes of flanker Conor O'Shea, scrum-half Oliver, centre Hanrahan and lock Samuel DenDikken leading the charge, their industry and endeavour was rewarded when prop Nesta Nyamakazi powered over from close range.
Oliver converted and suddenly the Newtown side led 15-14 and appeared to be closing in on a semi-final place.
However, Bandon had other ideas and Archer's late penalty secured victory for the visitors.
CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE: Ben Cosgrove; Elvis Duruji, John Lyons, Darragh Casserly, Jamie Duggan; Eoghan O’Connor, Tom Barry; Eoghan Quinn, Luke Moloney, Adam Godfrey; Desmond Fitzgerald, Dean O’Grady; Aaron O’Sullivan, Patrick Dolphin, Jybril Basu. Replacements: Oscar Oliszewski, Cian Hanrahan, John Bourke, Patrick Naughton, Alex O’Dwyer-Gough, Desmond O’Malley, Dylan Scanlan, Glen Kelly.
CASTLETROY COLLEGE: Ronan Lyons; Mark Lyons, Sam Hanrahan, Reece Kelly, Evan O’Halloran; Paul Brennan, Jack Oliver; Nesta Nyamakazi, Paul O’Shea, Sean O’Shea; Samuel DanDikken, Rhys White; Conor O’Shea, Dylan McMahon, Jamie McNamara. Replacements: Xavier Henry Ramblado, Oisin O’Shea, Moses Abewale, Kevin Morrissey, Mark Hickey, James Lammond, Cian Mulkern, Eoin O’Sullivan, Diromaluwa Lawal, Brian Murphy.