Pres defeat great rivals Christians in Bowen Shield final

Four James Wixted penalties from were decisive in an entertaining clash at Musgrave Park
Pres defeat great rivals Christians in Bowen Shield final

Alex Alderson passing the ball to Oscar Nangle, PBC, in the final of the U18 Bowen Shield against CBC at Musgrave Park. Picture: Dan Linehan

PBC 19

CBC 13

PRESENTATION Brothers College Cork regained the Bowen Shield with a win over their arch-rivals Christians Brothers College at Musgrave Park in an absorbing encounter that was a credit to both sides.

Pres were the hungrier side and deserved the victory having finished the game the stronger side.

From the kick-off Pres were awarded a penalty and James Wixted converted for a 3-0 lead inside the opening minute.

Christians began to work their way into the game but were stunned on 14 minutes when from a Pres scrum five metres from their own line number 8 Fionn Rousell broke through several tackles before sending Scott Kelleher away to score and Wixted converted for a 10-0 lead.

Christians' pressure was eventually rewarded when Ronan O’Keeffe landed a penalty and minutes later from a kick ahead Shane Classen won the race to touchdown in the corner. O’Keeffe was just off target with the side-line conversion.

Shane Claassen, CBC, celebrates his try against PBC in the final of the U18 Bowen Shield at Musgrave Park. Picture: Dan Linehan
Shane Claassen, CBC, celebrates his try against PBC in the final of the U18 Bowen Shield at Musgrave Park. Picture: Dan Linehan

On the stroke of half time, Wixted landed his second penalty to give Pres a 13-8 interval lead.

Two minutes into the second half the sides were level when an initial break by Cian Boylan saw Christian Kilbride touch down in the corner. Wixted saw a long-range penalty effort sail narrowly wide of the posts.

Both sides were guilty of knock-ons as they tried to spread the ball out wide quickly.

Ten minutes from time following sustained pressure by Pres’ in the Christians 22, Wixted restored the Mardyke sides lead with his third successful penalty kick.

Excellent kicking for territory by both Kelleher and Wixted had Christians pinned back in their own half as Pres went in search of adding to their tally.

Three minutes from time Wixted extended his side's lead with another penalty. Alex Davenport was nearly in for a try in added time but had his foot in touch just short of the line as Pres held on for victory.

Scorers for  PBC: S Kelleher try, J Wixted con, 4 pens.

CBC: S Classen, C Kilbride tries, R O’Keeffe pen.

PBC: J Wixted; J Barry, C Murphy, T Coughlan, E Duane; S Kelleher, O Nangle; P O’Halloran, M Dillon, M O’Mahony; J McNamara, G O’Keeffe; D Noonan, A Alderson, F Roussel.

Subs: P Wall, P Doyle, D McMahon, A Davenport, A Scott, J Murphy, L Sisk O’Mahony, N O’Leary.

CBC: R O’Keeffe; S Classen, M Foy, G O’Riordan, A Barclay; A Brady, C Boylan; S McDonald, G Good, D Callaghan; J Lane, M Doyle; C Barry, D Rock, É McCarthy.

Subs: T Corkery, A Haroun, S King, J Barrett, C Kennelly, H Walsh, J O’Callaghan, C Kilbride.

Referee: S Donaldson (MAR).

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