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Crescent College dominate Ardscoil Rís to capture Munster Schools Senior Cup

The Limerick school had too much in the tank for their cross-town rivals.

The Crescent College players celebrate as captain Cormac Blake lifts the cup.
The Crescent College players celebrate as captain Cormac Blake lifts the cup.
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Crescent College Comprehensive 21

Ardscoil Rís 7

CRESCENT COLLEGE COMPREHENSIVE had too much pace and power for Limerick rivals Ardscoil Rís at Thomond Park this afternoon.

Both sides were scoreless after 27 frantic minutes as defence was on top. A stealthy run by Cormac Blake soon changed that as he left several Ardscoil players trailing in his wake. Fionn McGibney’s conversion made it 7-0.

There was a second try for Crescent just before the break as fullback Dylan Sheehan stepped inside his man at pace and dived over to the left of the posts. That left McGibney with a 25m conversion attempt but it was never in doubt.

Ardscoil were given a way back into the match on 41 minutes when Crescent were reduced to 14 men. They defended fiercely, however, for the next 10 minutes and as soon as they were about to return to full strength, Ardscoil flanker Jerry McCabe was sin-binned. The two player swing was too much and Crescent were soon over for their third try as winger Jason O’Sullivan took a pop pass and dived over. McGibney, once again, landed the extras.

Ardscoil were 21-0 down but showed some fight in the closing stages. Their attacking efforts were rewarded when their No.8 Kelvin Brown powered over for a consolation try. The final whistle rung out amid Crescent cheers as the school celebrated a second successive Munster Schools Senior Cup.

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