Provincial Rugby Roundup
22nd October 2023 By Leonard Allen
Kilfeacle are the early pace setters in Division 1 of the Munster Junior League, as the only side with maximum points after two games, although several of their main challengers were inactive due to games being postponed.
Kilfeacle defeated Skibbereen 22-7 with two tries from Luke Heuston and one each by Keith Bourke and Kevin Kinane. Heuston added one conversion. Dave Shannon replied with a try for Skibbereen, which Daniel Kitson converted.
Mallow and Sunday’s Well are both a point behind the leaders.
Mallow recorded a 21-12 away win over Thurles. Dave Breen scored two tries for Mallow, Sam Glynn kicked a conversion and a penalty, and James Hall added two penalties. Thurles replied with tries from Paddy McGrath and Eoghan Dwyer with James Maher kicking one conversion.
Sunday’s Well defeated Muskerry 27-5 at Ballyanly with tries from Adam Brown, Gary Downey and Rob O’Keeffe. Logan Henry converted all three tries and also added two penalties. David Galvin was Muskerry’s try scorer.
Clonakilty bounced back from their heavy defeat at Thomond last week with a 51-17 home win over Kanturk. Rory Fletcher scored three tries for Clonakilty, Kieran Howlin two, and Adam Crawford, and Jim Twomey one each. Eoin Downey kicked five conversions and two penalties.
Three games in the top tier were postponed Bandon v Clanwilliam, Charleville v Thomond, and Newcastle West v Richmond.
Three teams have maximum points from two games in Division 2.
Crosshaven ran in nine tries in their 57-0 home win against Waterpark. Graham Smith scored two tries, and Jack O’Connell, Jason Brady, Kealan Daly, Darcy Ryan, Mikey Collins, Harry O’Connell, and Patrick Cotter got one each. Jack O’Connell kicked four conversions and Ian Smith two.
Tralee defeated Fethard 22-20 to give them maximum points, Cathal Kearney scored two tries for Tralee, Sean O’Mahony and Ettore Bandoni got one each. Kieran Cunningham landed one conversion. Robert Hall replied with two tries for Fethard and Isaac McCarthy got one. Peter Wall added a conversion and a penalty.
Old Christians defeated Ballincollig 41-10 in a game that was switched to Musgrave Park. Niall McCarthy, Ivan Tripp, Sean Kelly, Daniel Kelleher, Tim Hegarty, and Eoghan O’Donnabhain were try scorers for the Rathcooney side. Rob McKenna kicked four conversions and Ryan O’Connell added a penalty. Ballincollig were awarded a penalty try and Charlie Boland kicked a penalty.
St Mary’s defeated Cobh Pirates 10-0 at the Paddocks with a try from Keith Hyland and a conversion and penalty by Paul Loughran.
Five penalties from Eoin Lacey were enough to give Fermoy a 15-6 home win against Galbally-Mitchelstown. Pat Shannahan replied with two penalties for the visitors.
St Senan’s were 27-10 winners over Abbeyfeale at Jim Slattery Park. Evan O’Gormn, Conor Ferns, Jamie McNamar and James Kennedy scored tries for Senan’s. Craig Riordan kicked a penalty and a conversion and Craig Airy also added a conversion.Kevin Lane and Jake Quirke replied with tries for Abbeyfeale.
The Youghal v Kinsale tie was postponed.
Castleisland have opened up a three point lead in Division Three with a hard fought 22-20 away win at Carrick-on-Suir. Donal Geaney, Donnacha McSweeney and Sean Nolan were try scorers for Castleisland, and Joe Sheehy kicked two conversions and a penalty. Adam O’Loughlin and Jack O’Connell replied with tries for Carrick’, and Fionn Barry kicked two conversions and two penalties.
Ardscoil Old Boys playing their first game at Junior level, defeated Chorca Dhuibhne 21-13 on the 4G pitch in UL.
Ennis opened their campaign with a 25-13 home win against Waterford City. Colm Kearney scored two tries for the Clare side and Dylan Kenny added a try two conversions and two penalties. Andrew Condron replied with a try for Waterford and Mikey O’Connor converted and also added two penalties.
Killorglin defeated Dungarvan 25-22 in a thrilling game at the Kerry venue. Timmy Lynch, Danny Chapman and Fionn O’Shea scored tries for Killorglin. Luke O’Shea kicked two conversions and two penalties. Donnacha Dunphy, Daniel Slevin, Dave Hickey and Maurice Daly replied with tries for Dungarvan. Hickey kicked one conversion.
Killarney edged out Scariff 29-22. Pierce Slattery scored three tries for the Kerry side and Jack Thomas got one. Donnchadh Grealy kicked three conversions and a penalty. Jack Devanny, Darragh Treacy and Donal Moloney were try scorers for Scariff, who were also awarded a penalty try.