CBC pegged back as extra man slip-up costs them


SCHOOLS RUGBY: MUNSTER SENIOR CUP Crescent Comp 3 CBC Cork 3The biggest talking point after this rain-ruined semi-final at Clifford Park was referee Shane Kierans’ reversal of a penalty decision eight minutes from the end.

Having awarded a penalty to CBC close to the posts the referee was called by a touch judge, who pointed out the Cork side had 16 players on duty.

The penalty was reverted to Crescent at the spot where the 16th player came on to the pitch.

In fairness, a draw was a fair result and the sides will meet again at Musgrave Park next Tuesday.

Crescent had Jay Kavanagh sin binned for persistent infringements as the Cork side piled on the pressure four minutes into the second half.

They launched several drives for the line by backs and forwards but superb defence kept them out.

The Limerick side suffered a blow just before the break when influential centre Joe Dowling had to retire injured.But Gearóid Lyons kicked a superb penalty from far out to the right of the posts and into the teeth of a strong wind which blew straight cross the pitch.

CBC were back on terms after 16 minutes when Tomás Quinlan landed a penalty after Crescent were offside.

Crescent’s Lyons tried two long-range penalties in the second half but fluffed both, one of them from near halfway. CBC, too, had a penalty chance but Quinlan’s effort dropped just short.

CBC will fancy their chances in the replay but Crescent will not lack enthusiasm.

Crescent had excellent forwards in Jake Dinneen, Jay Kavanagh and Robert Scott and behind Lyons, scrum-half Gary Fitzgerald and Jason O’Sullivan impressed.

For CBC, Seán Gill, Alex Penney (son of Munster coach Rob), Tadgh Arrigan (forwards) and Rory Slater and Ryan Foley (backs) shone.

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