Castletroy College recorded their first ever U17 Bowen Shield title with a hard fought but well deserved 16-13 victory over Crescent College Comprehensive at St Marys RFC yesterday. Castletroy had the better of the opening exchanges and went into a 6-0 lead thanks to a Conor Fleming penalty and a well struck drop goal by Jamie Heuston. Crescent then pulled the score back to 6-3 before David Rowsome’s try of the match. From clean lineout ball Castletroy went wide through Jamie Heuston and Colum Carroll and sone excellent decoy running by the rest of the backline allowed Rowesome to surge through a gap, showing great speed and strength to make the line. Castletroy looked to be worth their eight point lead but right on the stroke of halftime Crescent won another penalty to reduce the deficit to 11-6 at the interval.
The decisive score came ten minutes into the second half when, after good Castletroy pressure, Ronan McDonnell collected loose ball and showed terrific pace and balance to beat a number of Crescent defenders to make the score 16 – 6. Crescent refused to lie down and with ten minutes remaining they score their first try of the game to make the score 16-13. Great credit must got to Castletroy’s defensive effort to close out the game and they never looked like their line would be breached for a second time.
By winning this Munster U17 title they successfully defended their Munster U16 victory from last year marking themselves out as a special squad of players.
Oisin Kelly; Shane Hogan, Ronan McDonnell, Colum Carroll, Sean McBrearty, Jamie Heuston, Connor Fleming, Joey Conway, Mark O’Mara, Conor Myers, Evan Slattery, Eoin Hourigan(Capt), Kevin Davern, Niall O’Shea , David Rowsome. Replacements: Alan McDonagh, Cathal Lee, David Kennedy, Evan Bromell, Domhnaill Dooley, Patrick Tuite, David Madden, Robert Magnier, Niall Sheehan, Daniel Quigley, Ben Belazi.