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Dominant Pres into semis with upset win against last year's finalists

The Cork school had too much firepower for Crescent College Comprehensive.

Presentation Brothers College (Cork) 16

Crescent College Comprehensive (Limerick) 3

IN A DAY of upsets, last year’s beaten finalists Crescent College Comprehensive were dumped out of the Munster Senior Cup quarter-finals by an extremely comfortable Presentation Brothers College at Lansdowne.

In the home of Leeside rivals Christians, Pres dominated the game from beginning to end and despite being temporarily reduced to 13 men 10 minutes from time, they claimed a 16-3 win.

Pres dominated the early territory, and could have crossed the line 10 minutes in, but Cian Fitzgerald crossed the touchline just before grounding.

Referee Shane Kiernan had spotted an infringement though, brought play back and showed a yellow card to Crescent flanker Fintan Coleman.

With one less in the pack, Presentation opted to maul, and with little resistance hooker Billy Scannell crossed for the game’s first score.

Out-half Peter Sylvester missed the conversion in the swirling wind, but Crescent’s kicker Mark Shanahan was more accurate 15 minutes later, eating into the lead after Pres infringed at the breakdown.

The Cork side could have had another try just before the interval after Paul Buckley hacked on, but the ball just beat him over the dead-ball line.

It didn’t take long for the second try to arrive however; a clever kick in behind by Sylvester put Crescent on the back foot, and after Presentation recovered possession Gary Bradley’s quick ball released Sam O’Donovan to cross in the corner.

Sylvester then made it a two-score game with a clever drop-goal and it looked like the Mardyke outfit were comfortably through to the semis, before they lost Fitzgerald and then Sylvester to two quick yellows.

Crescent pushed the depleted Pres side late on but failed to really make a dent.

After holding out, Seán French’s penalty in the final moments for the Cork school put any comeback hopes to bed.

Scorers for PBC:
Tries: Billy Scannell & Sam O’Donovan.
Pens: Seán French.
Drop goal: Peter Sylvester
Scorers for CCC:
Pens: Mark Shanahan.

PBC: 15 Jonathan Wren; 14 Paul Buckley, 13 Seán French, 12 James Broderick, 11 Sam O’Donovan; 10 Peter Sylvester, 9 Gary Bradley; 1 Conor Burke, 2. Billy Scannell, 3 Brian O’Connor; 4 Adam McAuliffe, 5 Mark McCarthy; 6 Cian Fitzgerald, 7 David Hyland, 8 Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: David Harrington for Gary Bradley (56), Darragh O’Callaghan for Adam McAuliffe (60), Harry Dillon for Sam O’Donovan (62).

CCC: 15 Timothy Duggan; 14 Mark Shanahan, 13 Karl Moloney, 12 Sheehan Faloon, 11 Tommy O’Hora; 10 Mark Edwards, 9 Aaron Cosgrove; 1 Conor Fitzgerald, 2 Eoghan O’Halloran, 3 Thomas Connolly; 4 Brendan Kelly, 5 Scott Leahy; 6 Fintan Coleman, 7 Daniel Feasey, 8 John Blake.

Replacements: Jamin Hoffman for Sheehan Faloon (24), Michael Fenton for Aaron Cosgrove (45), Michael Bateman for Daniel Feasey (53), Ronan Reynolds for Eoghan O’Halloran (53).

Referee: Shane Kiernan

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