OLD Crescent will face Young Munster in this season’s Limerick Charity Cup final following their gritty 35-23 semi-final victory over Garryowen at Rosbrien on Thursday night.
It was Old Crescent’s second successive victory over higher league opposition as the Rosbrien side shocked Shannon in the quarter-finals.
AIL Division 2C side Old Crescent laid the foundation for their win in the opening half after which the home side led 21-10. Larry Hanly, Gareth Quinn-McDonogh and Brian Tuohy scored tries for the home side, while Hanly added three conversions.
For Garryowen, Ben Rowley scored a try, while James Frawley converted and added a penalty goal.
Frawley kicked a penalty early in the second half for the ‘light blues’ but Quinn-McDonogh got in for his second try and Hanly’s conversion made it 28-13 to Old Crescent.
Peter O’Shea kept Garryowen in the game with a try but the impressive Brendan Guilfoyle responded with Old Crescent’s fifth try which was converted by Hanly. Joe Purcell scored a third try for Garryowen.
OLD CRESCENT: Marty Ryan; Paul McNamara, Brian Tuohy, Anthony Barry, David Egan; Larry Hanly, Gareth Quinn-McDonagh; Alex Simpson, Cathal O’Reilly, Shane O’Connell; Padraigh Monaghan, Karl Hanley; Jack O’Neill, Teviyta Tali Toia, Brendan Guilfoyle. Replacements: Seaghan Gleeson, Cian Reale, Mark Patrick Rickard, Nigel Kerr, Cathal Monaghan.
GARRYOWEN: James Frawley; Jason O’Sullivan, Edward Barry, Joseph Purcell, James McInerney; Conan Doyle, Ronan O’Halloran; Peter O’Shea, Liam Cronin, Ben Rowley; Aaron McCloskey, Paul McCarroll; Jonathan Keane, Elliott Fitzgerald, Josh Hrstich. Replacements: John Mark Griffin, Barry McNamara, Mark Hanrahan, Hugh O’Brien Cunningham, Steven McMahon.