CBC centre Fergal Conway will remember yesterday’s Junior Cup quarter-final for a long time. He cut through for a brilliant try in the 51st minute, converted by Billy Caine, to push the holders 10 points in front and seemingly sure of a semi-final place.
However, St Munchin’s had other ideas, and as they charged into the attack, Conway infringed in a desperate attempt to keep them at bay, and was yellow-carded by ref Richard Horgan. Munchin’s took a quick tap and opened the way for winger Kristan Lugod to score just inside the corner flag. Out-half Jazz Pendejito converted with a remarkable kick. Christians dominated possession from there to the finish to emerge relieved winners.
Caine put the Cork side 3-0 in front after 10 minutes. Munchin’s second-row Alex Casey made a try-saving tackle on CBC centre Cillian Coughlan to keep the score 3-0 at the break.
Munchin’s upped the pressure and No.8 Jack Kingston went close. But the crucial moment came as Coughlan sliced through for a try, Caine converted. CBC face Glenstal in the semi-final clash at Musgrave Park.
T Downes; M Soames, C Coughlan, F Conway, H O’Riordan; B Caine, J O’Riordan; H Fitzgerald, D Good, M Donnelly, C O’Sullivan, D McAuliffe, C Walsh, C Barry, S Buckley capt. Replacements – D O’Hara for Barry injured; C Rasmussen for Fitzgerald; A Coleman for Good; K Waterman for H O’Riordan all 40.
C Walters; K Lugod, J Neill, B McLeish, D Woods; J Pendejito, C Purcell; C Hynes, H Wood-Hennessy, E Sheehan, P Kelly, A Casey, M Crowe, L Kelly, J Kingston. Replacements: C Duggan for McLeish injured 10; E Kelly for Wood-Hennessy; S Doyle for Lugod 56; J Hamilton for Kingston 55; T Higgins for Sheehan 59.
Referee - R Horgan (IRFU).