Twelve months ago Christians experienced the acute disappointment of losing to first-time winners Glenstal Abbey at the same venue, though the surface has since changed to a 3G all-weather pitch.
It was a punishing encounter all through with Christians starting like a whirlwind, Willis and O’Riordan crossing for early tries and full-back Billy Cain kicking a conversion and a penalty. But, in typical Shannonside fashion, Crescent thundered back into the contest to catch and then overhaul Christians to lead 19-15 at the end of a breathless opening 35 minutes.
O’Riordan claimed two, Whooley, Hurley, Bill Cain, Aaron Leahy and Dylan McAuliffe the others as the Cork school flexed their muscles ominously.
The schools clashed in a thrilling semi-final 12 months ago, when Christians came from 0-15 to win 17-15, Adam O’Connor scoring in the final play, eight minutes into injury-time.