Two brilliantly taken tries by speedster Conor Phillips highlighted Crescent’s impressive 22-5 victory over Rockwell in the SEAT Munster Schools Junior Cup quarter-final at a wet and gloomy Thomond Park yesterday.
The result in no way flattered Crescent, who turned over leading 12-5 and then enjoyed almost total territorial dominance in the second-half thanks to a well drilled pack in which Eoghan O’Halloran, David Nevin and Fintan Coleman were outstanding.
If there was a touch of good fortune about Crescent’s first try, scored by Michael Fenton and well converted by John Hurley, they certainly turned on the style after that. They pieced together a brilliant attack from deep in their own half after 18 minutes and released left winger Phillips on the halfway line from where he powered his way home.
It looked as if Rockwell were set to make a contest of it when number eight Paddy Murchen grabbed a try after a maul in the left corner. But, in spite of the best efforts of a fine back-row in Murchen, Jack Harney and Conall Kennedy, they were unable to cope with the all-round strength of a superior Crescent side.
Phillips struck again on 42 minutes when he outpaced the Rockwell cover in a sparkling 60 metre sprint to make it 17-5 before skipper Nevil O’Sullivan capitalised on constant pressure to go over for his side’s fourth try.
CRESCENT: J Hurley; C Cusack, T O’Hora, N O’Sullivan, C Phillips; M Fenton, A Cosgrove; D Nevin, E O’Halloran, C Dennehy, F Coleman, P King, K Moloney, J Hennessy, D Feasey.
Replacements: M Edwards for Fenton; S Falloon for Hennessy; C Fitzgerald for Nevin; B Leahy for Dennehy; S Burton for King.
ROCKWELL: C Egan; M Heffernan, R O’Sullivan, M O’Sullivan, J McCormack; J Flannery, O Mangan; A Marshall, T Russell, J O’Meara, A Daly, R Burke, C Kennedy, J Harney, P Murchen.
Replacements:B Ryan for Russell; C Ryan for Marshall; C Forrest for O’Meara; J Dwan for Harney; J O’Connor for Mangan; H Depanion for Daly; R Lambe for McCormack; J Barlow for Heffernan.
Referee: T O’Donoghue (IRFU).
lThe draw for the semi-finals will be made after today’s game between PBC and Glenstal at Musgrave Park.