Pres win to set up derby semi

Pres win to set up derby semi
Conor Morey, Presentation Brothers College is stopped by Keith McInerney, St Munchin's College. Photo: Larry Cummins

CORK schools, PBC and CBC, collide in the semi-final of the Clayton Hotels sponsored Munster Schools Junior Cup.

The great rivals were paired together after Pres beat claimed the last spot in the competition by defeating St Munchin’s 19-5 in the outstanding quarter-final at Musgrave Park yesterday.

Holders, Crescent College Comprehensive, meet fellow Limerick side, Castletroy College, in the other semi-final.

Dates, venues and times will be decided next week though Musgrave Park is expected to house the Cork derby.

, which is a repeat of the 2015 game at the same stage.

Christians won that 13-12 en route to collecting their 17th title, accounting for Crescent 22-10 in the final, but the Limerick school avenged that defeat in last season’s replayed decider.

The Pres-Munchin’s game was a refixture of last week’s abandoned game during which three players from the Limerick school were taken to hospital after sustaining head injuries.

Two were moved by ambulance and a third was taken by car. All three were discharged following treatment, but didn’t play yesterday.

Michael Hand, Joe O’Leary and captain Richie Foley were the Pres try-scorers yesterday with Alex Walsh kicking two conversions.

Coach, Barry Howell, though, reckons his side must improve if they’re to reach their first final since 2014, when Pres captured their 30th title.

“We’re up against one of the favourites in Christians and yesterday’s display won’t be good enough to win.

“But, there’s plenty of ability in our side, though all Pres-Christians games are usually decided by one score,” he said.

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