Crescent survive late fightback as CBC Cork break free in second half

 

Crescent Comp 18 PBC 12:Crescent CC set up a semi-final with CBC Cork after a well-deserved win at wind-swept Musgrave Park yesterday.

The Limerick side led 11-0 at half-time following a couple of penalties from outhalf Gearóid Lyons, who also converted James Frawley’s 35th-minute try after impressive work by forwards Diarmuid Dee and Len Dinneen. Pres hit back with a try after 46 minutes, when scrumhalf John Poland passed long to Conor Casey, who scored on the right.

Crescent responded with a second try 10 minutes later, centre JJ O’Neill crashing over with Lyons converting to make it 18-7. Pres ensured a rousing finish with Max Abbott’s 63rd-minute try

Christians increased their try tally to 17 in three games to easily progress at Temple Hill yesterday. Glenstal trailed 8-10 at the break after Gerry Ryan crossed for a Christians try, converted by Tomas Quinlan, who also kicked a penalty.

Kevin O’Keeffe replied for Glenstal with a try and a penalty, but it was all one way on the resumption as CBC ran in five more tries from Shane McAuliffe (2), Liam O’Connor, Joe Dowling and Adam McCarthy.

CRESCENT: J Frawley; J OSullivan, JJ ONeill, W Leonard, J Hogan; G Lyons, E Barry; M ODonnell, J Green, L McMahon; J Keane, J Dinneen; D Dee, J Kavanagh, C Blake. Replacements: G Fitzgerald for Barry (43 mins), E Casserly for Keane, R Scott for Blake, J Purcell for Hogan (all 62 mins), M McGann for O’Donnell (69 mins).

PBC CORK: J Daly; R Reardon, P OBrien, C Murphy, B Murphy; P Kiernan, J Poland; A Slattery, M Abbott, captain, S McCarthy; D Lane, C Casey; M Carey, David St Leger, M Murphy. Replacements: M Curtin for McCarthy (40 mins), E Perry for St Leger (69 mins). Referee: K Imbusch (MAR).

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