Action from Old Crescent's Limerick Charity Cup final win over Young Munster at Rosbrien on Thursday night
RESILIENT Old Crescent stunned neighbours Young Munster 17-10 to claim the Limerick Charity Cup at a wet Rosbrien on Thursday night.
A dramatic injury time from prop Cathal O'Reilly, converted by out-half Maccon Casserly, clinched an exciting victory for the home side who also claim the Kelly Cup as a result of the win.
An Old Crescent victory looked unlikely when All-Ireland League Division 1A side and 2019 Charity Cup winners Munsters' raced into a 10-0 lead after 43 minutes.
Out-half Daragh O'Gorman kicked a 29th minute penalty to help the visitors into a 3-0 half-time lead. Munsters' also struck for the game's opening try just three minutes after the restart when flanker Alan Kennedy barged over the tryline from close range with O'Gorman also converting.
Out-half Casserly gave AIL Division 2A side Crescent hope of getting back into the contest when he opened the home side's account with a penalty goal on the hour mark.
WATCH: The @OldCrescentRFC1 & @YoungMunsterRFC players applaud each other off the pitch at full-time in Limerick Charity Cup final at Rosbrien where home side scored dramatic 17-10 win #LLSport @LimkLeaderSport pic.twitter.com/mNGa1a5tTY— Colm Kinsella (@ckSportLeader) January 2, 2020
Crescent were right back in the contest after 68 minutes when flying winger Val McDermott touched down superbly in the left corner. Casserly's conversion as a persistent drizzle continued to fall tied the score at 10-10.
The game looked destined to finish level after 80 minutes as it ticked into injury time in worsening conditions.
However, Crescent were rewarded for some late pressure with an opportunist match-winning try as prop O'Reilly dotted down to stun their opponents who did line out without the services of a number of their first choice All-Ireland League side as was the case with the winners.
SCORERS: Old Crescent: Val McDermott, Cathal O'Reilly try each, Maccon Casserly pen, two cons. Young Munster: Alan Kennedy try, Daragh O'Gorman pen, con.
OLD CRESCENT: Lorcan Kavanagh; Ciaran Cusack, Paul McNamara, Shane Mullally, Val McDermott; Maccon Casserly, Edward Barry; Cathal O'Reilly, Darragh O'Brien, Donal Murphy; Cian Reale, Padraig Monaghan; Karl Madden, Jack O'Neill, Kevin Doyle. Replacements: Ronan Reynolds, Ronan Gallery, Aron Stacey, Aaron McCloskey, Gary Fitzgerald, Jack O'Mahony, Timothy Duggan.
YOUNG MUNSTER: Jason Kiely; Craig O'Hanlon, Derek Corcoran, Jack Harrington, Keelan Stephenson; Daragh O'Gorman, Jake Connolly; David Begley, Michael Doran, Paul Allen; Sean Rigney, Tom Goggin; Alan Kennedy, John Foley, Fintan Coleman. Replacements: Mark O'Mara, Conor Bartley, Craig Hannon, Jack Cosgrave, Evan Cusack, Liam O'Shanahan, Robert Buckley.
REFEREE: Tommy O'Donoghue (MAR)
The Sloop rings out again in Rosbrien after hard fought victory over Young Munsters by 17 points to 10! A double victory for the Club winning the Limerick Charity Cup and the Kelly Cup, our traditional Xmas fixture with our neighbours! pic.twitter.com/1hgdvKhP0i— Old Crescent RFC (@OldCrescentRFC1) January 2, 2020