Garryowen and Old Crescent set up Charity Cup semi final with comfortable wins

Garryowen and Old Crescent have both secured Charity Cup wins over Bruff and Young Munster today to set up a semi final clash between the two clubs on September 2nd.

Ronan McKenna opened Crescent’s account with a penalty after three minutes as the teams settled into the game. Ten minutes later the first try of the game came through Kevin Meade with McKenna adding the extras.

It was the opening of the floodgates as the Rosbrien side took total control of the game and added five more tries before half time from Val McDermott, Larry Hanly, Sean Monaghan, Shane Mulally and Darragh O’Brien.

Old Crescent picked up where they left off after the break wth Larry Hanly adding his second try of the game before Cathal O’Reilly got their 8th and final try of the afternoon. A 73rd minute penalty try was scant consolation for Bruff who will now shift their focus to the start of the Ulster Bank League.

In the other 1/4 Final, Division 1A rivals Young Munster and Garryowen met at Tom Clifford Park with the light blues running out comfortable 45-10 winners. Garryowen raced into an 18-0 lead with Neil Cronin opening the scoring with a  7th minute penalty. Liam Barrett and Kevin Kinane both crossed for Conan Doyle’s side with Cronin converting Kinane’s try before adding another penalty.

Young Munster responded with a penalty before the break to cut the gap to 18-3 as the teams headed into the dressing rooms to regroup. Cronin added a 46th minute penalty but in bid to stay with their closest rivals, Young Munster got their first try in 52nd minute to now trail 10-21.

The concession of the try spurred Garryowen into action as they seized control of proceedings with tries from Diarmaid McCarthy and Peadar Collins (2 tries + 1 con) as well as a Cronin penalty and conversion pushing the lead out to an unassailable 45-10.

Garryowen will now face Old Crescent in the semi final next weekend.

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