CRESCENT Comp booked their place in this season’s Munster Schools Junior Cup thanks to an impressive 23-15 win over Glenstal in Rosbrien on Wednesday afternoon.
The win keeps them on course for a third title in four years. They’ll now meet Rockwell or CBC in the semi-final. They drew 13-13 on Wednesday and will replay next week.
Despite falling behind early on, Crescent fought back to lead 13-3 at the break.
Indeed Glenstal were dominant in the opening exchanges and were rewarded for their hard work when Jack Stafford was on target with a penalty after 13 minutes. Their lead didn’t last long however as Cian Clifford responded immediately to bring the sides level. Conor McSweeney was off target with another penalty to give Crescent the lead but they eventually went in front when Peter Hickey took his try well on 19 minutes.
That gave Crescent an 8-3 lead and they went further in front when captain and outhalf Calvin Nash made a fine break to send prop Anson Thai over for their second try. Stafford missed a penalty to reduce the deficit and stayed 13-3 at the break.
Crescent stretched further clear in the second half when Cian Clifford added another penalty. Glenstal were given a glimmer of hope when Number 8 George O’Hora crashed over in the corner midway through the half but Crescent weren’t to be denied and centre Billy O’Hora got their third try with eight minutes remaining. Clifford added the conversion.
Credit to Glenstal they kept battling away and Colm Hogan got a consolation try late on that Stafford duly converted.
It wasn’t enough however as Crescent march on.
CRESCENT – Glen Dickinson; Conor McSweeney, Billy O’Hora, Calvin Nash (Capt), Jordan Young-O’Connor; Cian Clifford, Jack Lyons; Anson Thai, Jason Barry, Sean Scanlon-Garry; Brian Considine, John Blake; Conor Slattery, Peter Hickey, Niall Mulcahy. Replacements: Brian Ryan, Sean Downes, Ed Barry, Luke O’Connell, Joe Barry, Andrew Reeves, Killian Murphy, Baily Faloon
GLENSTAL ABBEY – Charles Gavin; Sean O’Sullivan, Tim Costigan (Capt), Colm Hogan, Gordon Daly; Jack Stafford, Rory Johnston; Luke Lynch, Johnny Williams, David Quane; Theo Broderick, Alex Donohoe; William Murray, James Enright, George O’Hara. Replacements: Darren Halpenny, Henry Downing, Rory Clarke, Paddy Ryder, Henry Tennyson, Declan Floyd, Robbie Kearns.
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