CASTLETROY College claimed their first ever Bowen Shield final success when recording a thrilling 16-13 success over local rivals Crescent College Comprehensive at St Mary’s RFC this Wednesday.
The game, a repeat of last March’s Munster Schools Junior Cup decider, was a high quality affair throughout.
Castletroy College enjoyed a useful 11-6 half-time lead, thanks to a superb try from back-row forward David Rowsome, as well as a penalty goal from Conor Fleming and a Jamie Hueston drop goal.
Crescent College replied with two penalty goals from the boot of Cian Clifford.
Castletroy took a firm grip in the prestigious U-17 final when a smashing try from Ronan McDonnell saw the Newtown school build a significant 10-point lead at 16-6.
To their credit, Crescent showed admirable resilience and out-half Clifford touched down in the corner to half Castletroy’s lead. The out-half kept his composure superbly to add the conversion from close to the touchline.
Crescent battled bravely to the end, but ran out of time as the Castletroy players added the Bowen Shield to the Junior Cup they won earlier in the year.
The quality of the game augurs well for both sides chances of once again launching formidable bids for Munster Schools Senior Cup success in the next couple of seasons.