Harry Coyne reports from Irish Independent Park
Crescent met with Bandon in the 2nd round of the Junior Cup on Tuesday afternoon.
Crescent started the brightest and had Bandon pinned in there half for most of the half. Crescent winger Gary Kelly broke through the defence with a dummy pass, the winger had men outside him but was too slow and was tackled by Brian McSweeney.
Bandon then took a surprise lead. The ball was shoveled out the Crescent backline and up came Bandon winger Rowan Palmer to intercept the ball and run it in from his own 22. A great try by the Bandon winger.
From the kick-off Crescent re-gathered their momentum and soon broke over the try line with Crescent winger Darragh O’Shea finishing in the corner. The try was not converted and Bandon led 7-5.
From the kick-off however, Crescent went through the phases until the ball fell to Crescent full-back Colm Quilligan, who beat a man and went straight through the middle of the pitch. Sidestepping the Bandon full-back he touched down under the posts on the stroke of half-time. The try was converted leaving the score 12-7 at the break.
After halftime Crescent resumed the pressure and it payed off with Darragh O’Shea touching down in the corner once again, but the conversion was missed. Soon later, a wonderful chipped ball in behind was chased and eventually touched down by centre Barry Moore. Crescent added more, with Bandon conceding a penalty on their own 5 meter line – scrumhalf Jake Connolly tapped and went in for a try, but once again it wasn’t converted. Crescent rolled on the bench and one of the substitutes scored a try. Indeed, winger David Hickey received a pass on the wing and dived in for Crescents 6th try of the afternoon
Bandon were outclassed on the day and lost out to a strong Crescent side. Final Score
Bandon Grammar 7-32 Crescent College
Munster Haka MOTM: Jake Connolly (Crescent #9)