CASTLETROY College finished off their round robin fixtures in the new-look Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup with an exciting 20-14 victory over local rivals Crescent College Comprehensive at Castletroy College on Wednesday afternoon.
Castletroy, who outscored their opponents by four tries to two, will be pleased to have recorded their first win in Group A Junior Cup ahead of the next phase of the competition in the New Year.
Visitors Crescent College took an early 7-0 lead through a try from scrum-half Michael Cleary, which was converted by out-half Ciaran Campbell.
Castletroy responded in style, scoring a try from impressive centre Stephen Kiely. However, the see-saw nature of the scoring continued as Crescent's outside centre Jed O'Dwyer dotted down with Campbell's conversion making the score 14-5 to the Dooradoyle side after 21 minutes.
Crucially, Castletroy had reduced the deficit to four points at half-time, 10-14, after inside centre Aidan Ryan crossed the whitewash, following a terrific break from the fleet-footed Kiely.
Castletroy had hit the front 10 minutes into the second half when number eight Evan O'Connell, nephew of former Munster, Ireland and Lions second-row Paul O'Connell touched down after a series of well-executed forward drives.
O'Connell also notched Castletroy's fourth try in the 48th minute to leave six points between the sides at 20-14.
Just like Castletroy and fellow group rivals St Munchin's College, Crescent College won one of their three group fixtures. Another Limerick school, Ardscoil Ris, led the way in Group A after recording victories over each of their local rivals.
CASTLETROY COLLEGE: Darragh Murray; Ryan Djiopang, Stephen Kiely, Aidan Ryan, Paul O'Brien-May; John Donoghoe, Oisin Williams; Andrew Clinton, Sam Lynch, James Myers; Harvey Hogan, Max Hoare; Oisin Toland, Jack Roche, Evan O'Connell. Replacements: Hugh Liston, Ihab Sweidan, Ronan Bormell, Gavin Rowsome, Mark Murphy, Kamil Brzezinski, Evan Lacey.
CRESCENT CRESCENT COMPREHENSIVE: Ryan Godfrey; Henry Ezomo, Jed O'Dwyer, Anthony O'Connor, Luke Ryan; Ciaran Campbell, Michael Cleary; Max Duggan, Conor Clery, Mark Fitzgerald, Jack Somers, Jordan Power; Cillian Kelly, Andrew Ahearne, Ben Gallagher. Replacements: Lee O'Grady, Andrew Condon, Fionn Casserly, Cormac Quinn, Connor Benson, Joe McEnery, Oscar Davey, Sam Hogan.