Christians win clash of Cork’s rugby schools

CBC to play Crescent Comprehensive in Munster Junior Cup final

CBC Cork 13

PBC Cork 12

CBC qualified to meet Crescent Comprehensive in the Munster Schools Junior Cup final after a dramatic win over the holders PBC in an exciting semi-final at Musgrave Park yesterday.

Christians struck for the winning try just as the game was entering almost seven minutes’ injury-time when a cross-kick from outhalf and captain Eoin Monahan bounced kindly for full back Robert Hedderman to score.


A powerful Christians pack helped them dominate the opening stages, surging in front with a sixth minute try from flanker Ronan Barry. Monahan kicked a fine penalty 10 minutes later to stretch the lead before Pres hit back with a try from number eight Cathal Browne, expertly converted by James Broderick, three minutes from the break.

Despite facing the wind on the resumption, Pres jumped in front with a second try after 39 minutes, wing Ross Howell just making it to the corner following a determined burst.

Now 12-8 in front, Pres had to spend most of the remainder of the game defending frantically in their own 22 before Hedderman pounced for the decisive score at the death.

CBC: R Hedderman; C Shalloe, JD O'Hea, E Barrett, D Galvin; E Monahan, captain, C Sisk; L Masters, D O'Connor, R Loftus; E Doyle, A Ryan; R Barry, B Roche, F Burke. Subs: P Harrington for Loftus 44 mins, E Moloney for Barrett 50 mins.

PBC: S French; R Howell, J Wren, S O'Donovan, N McCarthy; J Broderick, D Harrington; K Nugent, L Ryan, M Varnam; M McCarthy, L Tarbatt; D Hyland, C Browne, C Fitzgerald, captain. Subs: C Ryan-O'Donovan for Nugent 53 mins, D O'Callaghan for Browne 55 mins.

Referee: S Kierans (MAR)