Castletroy pip Crescent to claim the cup
Tries from Hourigan and Niall O’Shea set up surprise victory
Date: 23 March, 2013
Venue: Garryowen FC
A dominant pack paved the way for the win and, once in front 10-0, Castletroy held on for victory despite a barn storming late effort by Crescent.
A powerful maul after Eoin Hourigan won a lineout resulted in Darragh O’Neill being credited with the opening try and three minutes into the second half Castletroy captain, Niall O’Shea, added their second try following another drive by the pack.
Crescent managed an injury -time try by Anson Thai which Conor McSweeney converted.
From the kick-off Crescent’s skipper Calvin Nash was sin-binned and from the resulting penalty Conor Fleming was on target to clinch a second junior cup for Castletroy who also had their captain Niall O’Shea sin-binned near the end.
CASTLETROY : O Kelly; S Hogan, R McDonnell, C Carroll, S McBrearty; J Heuston, C Fleming; J Conway, M O’Mara, C Myers; E Slattery, E Horgan; D O’Neill, N O’Shea, D Rowsome. Replacements: A McDonagh, C Lee, D Kennedy, K Davern, S English, L Ridder, P Tuite, E Carew.
CRESCENT : G Dickenson; C McSweeney, B O’Hora, C Nash, J Young O’Connor; C Clifford, J Lyons; A Tsai, J Barry, S Scanlon Garry; B Considine, J Blake; C Slattery, P Hickey, N Mulcahy. Replacements: S Downes, E Barry, L O’Connell, J Barry, A Reeves, K Murphy, B Faloon.
Referee: O Hodges, MAR.