Date Time Competition Season
24 January 2023 3:00 pm Munster Schools Senior Cup 2022/23

Match Report

Crescent College Edge Action Packed Tie With Grammar

Crescent College advanced to the Quarter Finals of the Munster Schools Senior Cup, holding on late in a high scoring encounter with Bandon Grammar.

A damp squib of an opening half was brought into life with plenty of tries added in a second half spell, with a late burst of scores for Crescent enough to see them face Ardscoil Ris in a Limerick derby.

Despite the best efforts of winger Conor Ryan who bagged a hattrick of tries and the boot of Symington it was not to be their day in the end as they fell just short.

Bandon started brightly quickly attacking the Limerick side’s defence, they pressurised them and eventually after phases and phases and going wide, winger Conor Ryan went over in the corner for the try, fly-half Peter Symington had a difficult kick from the side-line and his effort dragged wide.

Last year’s winners behind early now looked to start a charge to come back into the game, they had possession and worked well to get up the other end, a strong maul got them shy and a drive by Fionn Casserly got them over the line, Eoin O’Callaghan stepped up to make the conversion but it narrowly went right and wide.

O’Callaghan would land a penalty in the dying embers of the opening half to put Crescent ahead, but deep in added time Symington stepped up to land a close range kick to level matters at the break.

Immediately after the restart the game sparked into life again, Cillian Kelly caught the restart and the big number 8 charged clear evading tackles and getting over for their second try, a beautiful conversion by O’Callaghan followed to restore their lead 15-8.

Bandon were far from out and minutes later drew level once more after a free flowing move they worked wide and Calem harte dotted over, Symington had a difficult kick to follow but he produced a beautiful strike to tie matters once more. 

The Limerick side would however take a foothold in the game as we ticked into the midway point, Marcus Lyons and Andrew Ahearne both getting over with O’Callaghan converting both as they moved 29-15 ahead.

Drama throughout the game but Bandon started a comeback and Conor Ryan finished off a great move after the hour mark and Symington did his job to make it 29-22 off the tee. But just minutes later substitute Conor Ryan, the Limerick one, managed to get over for Crescent and O’Callaghan converted to make it a 36-22 lead.

But time was not up and Ryan completed his hattrick late on, Symington nailed the kick and after some afters they had a penalty on half way to go again at a late score, in the end a knock on saw the referee blow the whistle to end proceedings wit Crescent holding on.

Crescent College Comp.

15Jed O’Dwyer Full-Back
14Eoin O’Callaghan 25 Winger 36', 44', 50', 69'
13Joe McEnery Centre
12Ben Gallagher 23 Centre
11Evan Cusack 24 Winger
10Ryan Godfrey Fly-Half
9Marcus Lyons Scrum-Half 44'
1Mark Fitzgerald Prop
2Conor Clery 16 Hooker
3Cathal Lanigan Ryan 18 Prop
4Jack Somers 19 Lock
5Sean Magee 21 Lock
6Fionn Casserly 22 Flanker 20'
7Andrew Ahearne 20 Flanker 50'
8Cillian Kelly No. 8 36'
16Jonatha Byrne 2
17Alex McNamara
18Dennis O’Dwyer 3
19Conor Ryan 4 Winger 68'
20Jordan Power 7
21Charlie Fenton 5
22Cormac Quinn 6
23Michael O’Mara 12
24Evan Bennett 11
25Sean Morrissey 14

Bandon Grammar School

15Rory O’Brien 22 Full-Back
14Calem Harte Winger 41'
13Aaron O’Reilly Centre
12Barry Spearman 23 Centre
11Conor Ryan Winger 8', 62', 70+2'
10Peter Symington Fly-Half 41', 62', 70+3'
9Paddy Gaffney Scrum-Half
1Fionn O’Neill 17
2Marcus Kelly 16 Hooker
3Anthony Cleary Zurek 18 Prop
4Rory O’Callaghan 21 Lock
5Jack Connolly 20 Lock
6Liam Prior Flanker
7Conor Miskella 25 Flanker
8Shadrach Mnamani No. 8
16Maximillian Tubb 2
17Jonah D’Alton 1
18Karl O’Regan 3 Prop
19Cash Healy Lock
20Max McQuiston 5
21Conal O’Sullivan 4
22Rory Golden 15
23Adam Hutchinson 12
24Robert Kingston
25Conor Mueller 7

Past Meetings

(Semi Final)
17 - 15
Munster Schools Senior Cup
Takumi Park

Crescent College Comprehensive v Bandon Grammar School


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Thomond Park, Limerick City, County Limerick, V94 PD28, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.