Bandon Grammar School 8
Crescent College Comprehensive 20
CRESCENT College are safely through to the semi-finals of the Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup after a deserving victory over Bandon Grammar at Musgrave Park yesterday.
While Crescent were always in control of this game, Bandon battled away to the finish, despite the loss of their influential number eight Adam Murphy through injury at the start of the second half.
Crescent had Bandon pinned back inside their 22 from the off. Ruan Quinn was dominating the line outs for the Limerick side and their pressure was rewarded in the 11th minute when Brandon Nash went in for a Crescent try in the corner.
Liam McCarthy was putting in some big hits for Bandon and made several charges out of defence.
Louis Archer opened Bandon’s account with a penalty on 18 minutes but minutes later Crescent responded when Conal Henchy sent Elvis Duruji in for a try and Conor O’Halloran converted to give his side a 12-3 interval lead.
Crescent always looked dangerous as they tried to play an expansive game but excellent tackling by the west Cork side kept them out.
Despite the loss of Murphy Bandon began to take the game to Crescent. Ben O’Connor, Archer, McCarthy and Jamie Hayes ran at the Crescent defence at every opportunity. Eventually, their pressure was rewarded after a great drive by substitute Ruairi McCann; Sean Coughlan barged over for a Bandon try to make it 12-8.
Crescent responded when backs and forwards combined for John Lyons to score. O’Halloran added a penalty on 60 minutes to complete the scoring.
Scorers for Bandon Grammar: S Coughlan try, L Archer pen.
Crescent: J McMahon, E Duruji, J Lyons tries, C O’Halloran con, pen.
BANDON: P Symington; J Hayes, A O’Reilly, L McCarthy, B Spearman Walsh; L Archer, B O’Connor; C Aherne, M Connolly, S Jennings; D Abat, S Coughlan; B Kingston, T Good, A Murphy.
Replacements: H Forsey, A Nnamani, J O’Regan, R McCann, P O’Sullivan, C Ryan, A O’Shaughnessy.
CRESCENT: C O’Halloran; J McMahon, E Duruji, D O’Sullivan, B Nash; W Hoffman, J Duggan; M Duggan, M Clein, J Madden; R Quinn, C Kirby; J Lyons, J Olamiposi Obasa, C Henchy.
Replacements: L O’Grady, J Neilon, A Kirby, J Colgan, S Donnarumma, C O’Halloran, N Roche, J Somers, D Griffin.
Referee: S Donaldson (MAR).