LAST season’s beaten finalists Crescent College Comprehensive have advanced to the semi-finals of this season’s Munster Schools Junior Cup, but two more city sides, St Munchin’s College and Ardscoil Ris, were knocked out at the last eight stage.
Crescent College made it into Monday’s semi-final draw, thanks to a gritty 19-17 quarter-final win over CBC, of Cork, at Rosbrien on Saturday.
Crescent trailed 7-9 at half-time, with exciting centre Daniel Hurley scoring a precious first half try for the Limerick side. Crescent appeared to take control of the game in the third quarter, with further tries from Jack Henchy, following a powerful surge from team captain and number eight John Blake, and a second touchdown of the afternoon from Hurley helping the Dooradoyle side into a sizeable 19-9 lead.
However, a fourth penalty goal from CBC out-half James Taylor and a 58th minute try from winger Killian O’Sullivan left CBC with a chance to force a replay. The otherwise dependable Taylor was off target with the difficult conversion, however,
Elsewhere, Glenstal Abbey are also through to the last four after scoring a dramatic 18-17 win over Ardscoil Ris on the 4G rugby pitch at UL on Friday.
A tricky penalty kick in the 60th minute, expertly struck by out-half Ben Healy, gave Glenstal Abbey a thrilling victory.
Ardscoil appeared to be on their way to victory after fighting back from a 10-3 deficit with 20 minutes remaining to lead 17-10 as the clock edged towards the final whistle but a late try from hooker George Downing and that penalty with the final kick of the game gave the Abbey victory.
Johnny Willliams scored a try for Glenstal on 16 minutes with Ben Healy converting and the out-half added another three pointer before half-time. Ardscoil levelled it with an Evan Cusack penalty and a conversion of Luke Clohessy’s try on 40 minutes and a fine individual effort from Ian Brown, converted by Evan Cusack set up that thrilling finish.
St Munchin’s College bowed out of the Cup at the hands of PBC, of Cork, on an 18-3 scoreline at Lansdowne on Friday.
Despite playing into the strong wind, Pres’ took the lead with a try from winger Paul Buckley mid way through the first half.
Four minutes before the interval James Broderick extended Pres’ advantage with a penalty. However, Jason Kiely replied with a penalty for Munchin’s to reduce the Pres’ advantage to five points, 8-3, at half-time.
Munchin’s enjoyed plenty of possession deep inside the PBC ‘22 in the third quarter, but were simply unable to cross for a vital try.
In contrast, PBC were clinical with Broderick kicking his second penalty shortly and Pres’ number eight Jack O’Sullivan scored their second try which was also converted.
Holders Castletroy College face Rockwell College in the remaining quarter-final on the back pitch at Thomond Park on Monday at 2.30pm.