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Crescent College suffer Munster Schools Junior Cup heartbreak at hands of Rockwell

Crescent College suffer Munster Schools Junior Cup heartbreak at hands of Rockwell

Action from Crescent College Comprehensive's narrow Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup semi-final defeat to Rockwell College at Thomond Park on Wednesday

CRESCENT College Comprehensive's dream of making it an all-Limerick Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup final later this month were shattered in a heart-breaking 14-13 semi-final defeat to Rockwell College at Thomond Park this Wednesday afternoon.

The Limerick side had looked well-placed to face holders St Munchin's College in the March 27 final when leading the Tipperary side 13-7 at half-time in a highly entertaining fixture.

However, a try from Rockwell centre and captain Henry Buttimer mid-way the second half, converted by out-half Rory Collins edged Rockwell College to a narrow one-point victory.

Rockwell made the ideal start when winger Darius Achimugu blazed over for a third minute try. Out-half Rory Collins converted for a 7-0 lead.

If Crescent were stung by conceding that score, they responded superbly. Reliable goal-kicker Conor O'Halloran kicked a 10th minute penalty goal to reduce the Dooradoyle side's deficit to just four points, 3-7.

Crescent took the lead when winger Joe McMahon showed a terrific turn of pace to dot down in the left corner.

The Limerick side was six points to the good when captain Conal Henchy grabbed a second try for his side shortly before half-time.

However, Crescent were unable to add to their points tally after the restart and that converted try from Rockwell ensured victory for the Tipp students.

CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE: Conor O'Halloran; Joseph McMahon, Daragh O'Sullivan, Elvis Duruji, Brandon Nash; Werner Hoffman, Jamie Duggan; Max Duggan, Max Clein, Jack Madden; Ruadhan Quinn, Cian Kirby; John Lyons, Conor Clune, Conor Henchy. Replacements: Lee O’Grady, Sean Farrell, Jack Neilon, Alan Kirby, Jonah Colgan, Sean Donnarumma, Cian O Halloran, Niall Roche, Jack Somers, Kallen McCarthy.   

ROCKWELL COLLEGE: Conor Hogan; Darius Achimugu, Robert Wall, Henry Buttimer, Ben Farrelly; Rory Collins, Tom Ross; Dean Moroney, Cian Meaney, Jamie Browne; Osereimen Ediale, Edmond Dunphy; Tom Downey, Shane Neville, Brian Gleeson. Replacements: Joseph Lawrence, Lorcan Cummins, Tarcisio Chanda, Niall Maher, CaseyJay Coleman, Peter McGarry, Toby Collier, David Clarke, Zac Lynch, James Cronin.

REFEREE: Tommy O’Donoghue (MAR).

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