While Crescent were perhaps flattered by the winning margin, there was no disputing the result that puts them into a sixth final in seven years.
Pres did well to survive some early pressure which followed an excellent run from right winger Ben Carew. They held their line through stern defence, notably by exceptional tackles on Carew, skipper John Hurley and number eight Jack Madden, but they did concede a penalty and out-half Hurley made no mistake. Niall Murphy was afforded a kick at goal right from the restart but the Pres out half saw his effort held up in the wind.
That effort, and a couple of minutes inside the Crescent 22 was about as much as Pres could muster in terms of pressure on the visiting defence.
Instead it was the Limerick outfit who were ruling territory and posing most of the threats throughout that first-half, often from some clever inter-change between Hurley and Jamin Hoffman. Pres will, however, have been happy with their defence, especially at ruck time when they won two crucial turnovers but they weren’t so lucky after three minutes of the second half. There appeared to be a knock on several phases back in a Crescent counter attack, but it went unnoticed and the Limerick side grabbed the opening try from hooker Ronan Reynolds that Hurley converted for a 10-points lead.
Pres fought back but their spell of pressure yielded nothing and when they conceded territorial advantage to a breakaway move sparked by Hurley, their task proved ever more daunting. Without any stand-out individual behind the scrum, Pres had to battle for every yard of ground they made and found that difficult.
Jack Madden grabbed a 53rd minute try and Hurley converted before Crescent got a third score from sub Eoin Feeney deep into injury time.
Crescent now meet the winners of today’s clash between holders CBC and Glenstal Abbey at Musgrave Park.
M McLaughlin, B Lynch, L Bruce, S Horgan, A Geaney-O’Brien, N Murphy, J O’Shaughnessy, M Fitzgibbon, F Keohane, A Keating, D McCarthy, E Quilter, S H Squires, L Ryan, A Porter (captain).
B Kingston, R Foley, B Quigley, A Kendellan, J O’Leary, R Walsh, M Traynor, C Morey.
D Larkin, B Carew, J Hoffman, J Delaney, T Duggan, J Hurley (captain), D Ahearne, C Fitzgerald, R Reynolds, R Gallery, C O’Malley, C McDonagh, O Evans, A Garland, J Madden.
C Dineen, J Hanley, E Feeney, B Murphy, T Allen, M Casserly, M McCrann, C Tuohy.
J Neville (M.A.R).