CLINICAL Crescent College Comprehensive eased their way into the semi-finals of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup, thanks to an exciting 27-20 win over Rockwell College at Rosbrien on Wednesday afternoon.
However, there was disappointment for two more Limerick schools in quarter-final action in Cork as Ardscoil Ris fell to a heavy 67-7 defeat to a rampant PBC side while, despite a very competitive opening half, St Clement's ran out of steam in the second period when losing 58-17 to a strong CBC side.
Free-scoring Crescent scored five tries in all, including a brace from their impressive flanker Daniel Feasey, to ensure their place in Thursday’s semi-final draw.
Crescent made the more impressive start to both halves, converting their superiority into points both times. However, a resilient Rockwell side remained very much in the contest until winger Timothy Duggan struck for the winners final try in stoppage time.
The Dooradoyle students opened the scoring on 15 minutes with hugely influential full-back Conor Phillips and out-half Jack Delaney combining, before prop Conor Fitzgerald showed a terrific turn of pace to make a 25 metre burst, before touching down. The home side managed a second try in the space of two minutes when flanker Feasy collected Delaney’s pinpoint crossfield kick before scoring in the right corner.
Crescent’s work at the breakdown was superb during the opening quarter as the Limerick side forced several turnovers.
However, Rockwell hit back strongly and Conall Kennedy’s try and a penalty and conversion from out-half Jake Flannery had the visitors level, 10-10, at half-time.
Similar to the opening half, Crescent began the brighter. Full-back Phillips struck for a splendid individual try five minutes after the re-start, rampaging 40 metres up the right touchline, before chipping in behind the Rockwell defence and duly beating the cover to the touchdown.
Crescent’s fourth try came from another chip in behind the Tipperary side’s defence as Feasey pounced on replacement scrum-half Jake Connolly’s neat kick to score.
Any thoughts Crescent had of easing to victory were dispelled when a Flannery penalty was folliowed by a try from Rockwell replacement Tom Russell.
The out-half’s conversion left Crescent clinging to a two-point lead at 22-20. However, Duggan’s late try, created initially by some excellent link-up play from Phillips, Jack Madden and Jake Connolly, edged Crescent home.
Ardscoil Ris' points against Pres' came courtesy of a Cian Murphy try which was converted by Darragh O'Gorman.
St Clement's College, who were tied 10-10, with CBC coming up to half-time, scored two tries in all from Adam Marshall and Shane Brosnahan.
John Batemen added a penalty and two conversions.
SCORERS: Crescent College Comprehensive: Daniel Feasey two tries, Conor Fitzgerald, Conor Phillips, Timothy Duggan try each, John Hurley conversion. Rockwell College: Conall Kennedy, Tom Russell try each, Jake Flannery two pen, two cons.
CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE: Conor Phillips; Cian Tuohy, Jamin Hoffman, John Hurley, Timothy Duggan; Jack Delaney, Aaron Cosgrove; Conor Fitzgerald, Ronan Reynolds, Ben Leahy; Peter King, Cian McDonagh; Jack Madden, Daniel Feasey, Fintan Coleman. Replacements used: Jake Connolly for Cosgrove, Barry Scott for Feasey, Joshua Fitzgerald for Reynolds, Sheehan Faloon for Tuohy. Not used: Dylan Shaw-Kelly, Eoin Feeney, Brian Naughton, Paul Collins, Nevil O’Sullivan, Maccon Casserly, Charlie Dinneen.
ROCKWELL COLLEGE: Ryan O’Sullivan; Conor Pearson, Jack Hunt, Andrew Daly, Dylan Farrelly; Jack Flannery, Oisin Mangan; Darragh Molloy, James O’Meara, Brendan Ryan; Niall O’Hanrahan, Robert Browne; Conall Kennedy, Stephen Grogan, Ciaran Ryan. Replacements: Tom Dowling, Tom Russell, Killian Lane, Cathal Hayes, Harry Tobin, John O’Sullivan, Maurice O’Sullivan, Sean Cotter.
REFEREE: (Kieran Barry)