23 May, 16:14
A Munster Under 17 combined selection of players from the Regional Development Squad and Munster 'B' Schools recently attended a 11 a-side blitz at Cork Institute of Technology grounds.
Maher Sports Man of the Match Cian McGovern was the main architect of Crosshaven’s victory contributing nineteen points of his side’s total.
With the ‘Well leading 18-16 at the game approached the final ten minutes Crosshaven upped the ante and after great work by the Crosshaven pack lock Ben Crumplin got in for a second try which McGovern converted for a five point lead.
McGovern looked like he had sealed victory with his fourth penalty six minutes from time.
However the Well rallied and centre Ian Ryan got in at the corner for a ‘Well try which Dave O’Gorman converted. Back came the ‘Well and after great work by the forwards a drop goal by out half Eoin Philpott put the ‘Well in front by two points, but this lead did not last long. McGovern was off target with a drop goal effort but kicked his fifth penalty with the last kick of the game to ensure that his side had secured the first leg of the Double.
A try by Christian O’Donovan and a conversion and three penalties by McGovern gave Crossahven a 16-11 lead at half time. Paul Quill scored a try for the ‘Well and O’Gorman kicked two penalties.
The ‘Well took the lead three minutes after the restart when the ball was spread out to tight head prop Jack O’Connell for a try following a five-metre scrum, which was converted by O’Gorman to give the Musgrave Park side an 18-16 advantage.
But than came Crosshaven’s dramatic finish as they now look to beat Highfield in the League final next week.
Scorers: Crosshaven: Cian McGovern 5 penalties & 2 conversions; Christian O’Donovan & Ben Crumplin 1 try each.
Sunday’s Well: Dave O’Gorman 2 penalties & 2 conversions; Paul Quill, Jack O’Connell & Ian Ryan 1 try each; Eoin Philpott 1 drop goal.
Crosshaven: Stephen O’Mahony; Mark O’Mahony, Darren O’Keeffe, Christian O’Donovan, Martin O’Callaghan; Cian McGovern, Rob Keeley; Tom O’Donovan, Gary Fitzgibbon, James Rochford; Dan Kirby, Eoin Kavanagh; Darren O'Shea, Ryan Kiely, Ben Crumplin.
Replacements: Daire Fitzgerald, Killian O’Keeffe, Peter Dowling, Craig Fleming, Kieran Doran, Dave O’Donovan.
Sunday’s Well: Ronan Humphries; Gerry Roach, Ian Ryan, Oisin Cuddy, David Ring; Eoin Philpott, Peter Arigho; Cian Linehan, Dave O’Gorman, Jack O’Connell; Steve O’Callaghan, Cian O’Callaghan; Kieran O’Byrne, Paul Quill, Tony Mason.
Replacements: Jack Mackey, Barry Thompson, Stuart O’Riordan, Cormac Holland, Conor Dowling, Josh Sheehan, Adam Sheehan.
Referee: Shane Kierans (M.A.R.)