PBC battle back to win Barry Cup

HAVING gone behind on the stroke of half time and conceded again soon after the interval, PBC demonstrated commendable reserves of courage and resilience to hit back and beat an outstanding Ard Scoil Rís side in a thrilling Barry Cup final in Thomond Park.

In spite of being on the back foot for most of the first half, Ard Scoil enjoyed a productive five-minute spell to score a typical forward’s try through John Deegan. They added a second try the other side of half time as Ger Moore went over.

Pres responded with a super try from winger Jack O’Sullivan and although a Dave O’Leary drop goal gave the Limerick lads a 15-5 lead, Pres were not to be denied. After impressive work in the lineout, particularly through Chris Hartnett, Rory O’Donovan and Joe Coyne, the Pres pack steamed over and Patrick O’Donovan duly touched down in the corner, with out-half Cormac O’Flynn adding the extras.

O’Flynn had a chance to level the match but the penalty went narrowly wide. But winger Conor Desmond scored an inspired solo effort after a scintillating run through the Ard Scoil Rís defence, leaving the Pres supporters ecstatic and captain Rob Murphy to lift the Barry Cup.

ARD SCOIL: S O’Sullivan, J Hennessy, C O’Brien, K Hodnett, T O’Sullivan, D O’Leary, C More, A Grimes, P Clayton, D Rowley, M Carroll, G Leyden, G Neville, G Moore, G Deegan.

Replacements: J Perrott, J Noonan, K McDonough.

PBC: L Dockery, C Desmond, S Quinlan, T Cullinane, J O’Sullivan, C O’Flynn, D O’Driscoll, P O’Donovan, C Hartnett, B Cagney, C Quinlan, R O’Donovan, J Coyne, R Murphy, D O’Hara.

Replacements: M Collins, E Derham.

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