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CBC Advance To The Final Of Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup

20th February 2024 By The Editor

CBC Advance To The Final Of Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup

CBC progressed to the final of the Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup thanks to a 18-8 win over Crescent College Comprehensive at Virgin Media Park. Photo Credit: Inpho

CBC advanced to the final of the Pinergy Munster Schools Boys Senior Cup final after earning a 18-8 victory over Crescent College Comprehensive at Virgin Media Park this afternoon.

CBC looked dangerous early on and this was reflected by Michael Foy charging down field before the ball was turned over. The Cork school kept the pressure on and it was Christopher Barrett who broke through the Crescent defence before sprinting to the try line to open the scoring. Charlie Patrick O’Shea’s conversion was unsuccessful as CBC took an early 5-0 lead.

The Cork school kept the pressure on and winger Alex O’Connell almost got his side’s second try but play was brought back for a forward pass in the build-up.

The Limerick school started dominating the breakdown which gave them field position through a series of penalties but their lineout malfunctioned at crucial times which stemmed their momentum.

A loose ball from a Crescent lineout allowed Darragh Prenter to collect and race clear to score in the corner and O’Shea was unable to add the extras.

Crescent captain Conor Ryan blocked a CBC clearing kick which put the Cork school under pressure before a huge tackle from Michael O’Mara led to a breakdown turnover. Crescent took the option of registering the points and Evan Cusack obliged by putting three points on the board to leave the score 10-3 at half-time.

The first score of the second half would be crucial and it went that way of CBC when O’Shea glided through a gap in the Crescent defence to score his side’s third try but the out-half was unable to convert his own score.

15-3 down, Crescent needed to get a try and they did when they took advantage of Foy being in the sin bin. They spread the ball wide to Ryan Scanlon who crossed in the corned but Cusack couldn’t add the extras from that difficult position.

The Limerick school pushed for a try which could have levelled the game but O’Shea added three points from the tee to take the game out of reach of the 2022 champions.

CBC will now meet the winners of tomorrow’s second semi-final between PBC and St Munchin’s College.

CBC: Ronan O’Keefe; Alex O’Connell, Leo O’Leary, Gavin O’Riordan, Bill McCarthy; Charlie Patrick O’Shea, Christopher Barrett; Denis Callaghan, Darragh Prenter, Cian Walsh; Michael Foy, Mark Skelly, Conor Galvin, Joseph Barrett, Daniel Rock.

Replacements: Craig Hughes, Ronan O’Callaghan, Sean McDonald, Robert O’Sullivan, Jacob Lane, Ian Morton, Cian Boylan, Cian Corkery, Aidan Brady, Daire O’Callagahan.

Crescent College Comprehensive: Fionn Rowsome; Ryan Scanlon, Michael O’Mara, Ben Gallagher, Samuel Jordan; Evan Cusack, Andrew Clery; Ronan Ryan, Jonathan Byrne, Cathal Lanigan Ryan; Oran Copley, Conor Ryan (c); Charlie Fenton, Tom O’Brien, Cormac Quinn.

Replacements: Michael O’Brien, Nathan O’Riordan, Aleks Reddan, Darragh McKeogh, Jayden Carmody, Daniel Magee, Rory O’Connor, Gerry Joyce, Harry McDonogh, Rafael Junior Okafor.

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