CBC power shakes off gallant Glenstal Abbey

CBC Cork 19 Glenstal Abbey 7
CBC power shakes off gallant Glenstal Abbey

The holders were too streetwise and strong up front for a gutsy Glenstal side that posed problems before having to give way to a superior forward force.

Glenstal did have plenty of options behind the scrum but didn’t win enough quality possession and often ran into a well-organised Christians defence when they did.

All in all, the better side won and have now set up a repeat of last year’s final against Crescent Comprehensive. These two schools also contest the senior final.

Having won the toss and decided to play with the strong wind, CBC took just six minutes to open the scoring, a try from prop Mark Donnelly after the spadework had been done by Conor O’Sullivan and Daniel O’Hara.

It was not the portent of things to come as Glenstal took stock and launched their own assaults.

They made ground through some slick handling out wide through Andrew Hogan and Ronan Quinn and earned themselves a couple of penalties to win even more territory.

It was all to play for in the ensuing minutes, Glenstal nearly breaking free but then coughing up possession to allow a counter-attack that ended with Christians full back Thomas Downes being sent clear by Cillian Coughlan, and Billy Caine added the conversion for a 12-0 lead.

Glenstal winger Ronan Halnly showed a clean pair of heels to the CBC defence as the game ticked on towards the break but he had to be satisified with a kick and chase to bring his side to within five metres of the CBC line.

It was a good spell of rugby accentuated by the will to attack from both teams. Christians had the first foray in the second half after a fine break from out-half Caine.

Glenstal survived that and worked their way back down the field for Hogan to brilliantly break through on a 35-metre diagonal run to get a well deserved try that he converted from a difficult angle himself.

However, with backs to the wall, Christians fought their way out of danger. Led by a superb run from substitute Scott Buckley (the skipper benched after a recent illness) the winners finally battered their way over the line with the try going to Aidan Brien.

Caine added the extras for a 19-7 lead, enough to see them back in the comfort zone. Glenstal never gave up the fight, but they just had too much ground to make up.

CBC: T Downes; M Soames, C Coughlan, F Conway (captain), K Waterman; B Caine, J O’Riordan; C Rasmussen, A Coleman, M Donnelly; A Brien, D McAuliffe; D O’Hara, C Walsh, C O’Sullivan.

Replacements. S Buckley for O’Hara (35), D Good for Coleman (37), H Fitzgerald for Rasmussen (44), C Barry for Brien (50), S Kelly for Caine (58, injured).

GLENSTAL ABBEY: R Quinn; R Hanly, E Aylward, A Hogan, R Woodcock; C Dooley (captain), B Leonard; D Moriarty, E Fitzgerald, M Downing; W Twomey, T Ryan; B Fitzgerald, M Gilbride, P Mulligan.

Replacements. D Hyland for Downing (50), D Butler for Ryan (57).

Referee. C Harrington (M.A.R)

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