17 May, 13:32
A selection of players from the Daughters of Charity in Munster recently took part in a challenge match at Garryowen Rugby Club.
C.B.C. edged out P.B.C. in the other semi-final at Lansdowne. Two penalties from David O’Sullivan to one by Jamie Murphy gave Pres’ a 6-3 interval lead. Tim O’Keeffe put Christians ahead with a try fourteen minutes into the second half but O’Sullivan landed his third penalty to restore the lead for Pres’. This was short lived as Michael Clune scored a second try for the home side to book their final place.
Christians and Pres’ will contest the McCarthy Cup Final after both won their home semi-finals.
C.B.C. defeated Crescent Comp. 30-8. Oisin Conway scored three tries for the winners and Darragh McGlynn got one. James Taylor kicked two conversions and two penalties. Brian Ryan replied with a try for Crescent and Clyde O’Connell added a penalty.
P.B.C. defeated Castletroy 12-8 in the other semi-final. An intercept on his own twenty two in the second minute by winger Owen Tuohy helped Pres to an early 5-0 lead. Despite playing into a strong wind, Pres’ extended their advantage with a try by Cian Fitzgerald and Harry Shanahan converted on eighteen minutes. Castletroy pressure was rewarded with a try by Darragh Gibbons two minutes before half time.
Castletroy dominated the second half and closed the gap with a penalty by Rory Hannon on forty minutes. Despite ten minutes injury time Pres’ put in a sterling defensive display to keep the visitors at bay.
Results: Bowen Shield Semi-Finals: C.B.C. 13, P.B.C. 9;
Rockwell College 12, Ardscoil Ris 13;
McCarthy Cup Semi-Finals: C.B.C. 30, Crescent Comp. 8;
P.B. C. 12, Castletroy College 8;