Bank Of Ireland Munster Clubs Girls Cup Finals Round-Up
2nd April 2023 By The Editor
It was a busy day of Cup final action as the Bank of Ireland Munster Clubs Girls U16 and U14 Cup finals took place under perfect conditions in Cork Constitution FC.
The U18 Plate final also took place to round-off an excellent day of rugby in Cork.
Dunmanway-Bantry Bay 21 – 7 Garryowen | U14 Cup Final
First up was the U14 Cup final which saw Dunmanway-Bantry Bay edge out Garryowen in close-fought affair.
Garryowen took the lead in the first half when winger Ellen Goggin got the first try of the game. The successful conversion saw the Limerick side take a 7-0 lead into the half-time interval.
Dunmanway-Bantry Bay grew stronger in the second half and they responded with a try of their own which was converted by Sarah Hurley.
With the game all square, the West Cork side took the lead for the first time in the match when Grace Cronin got a try which Hurley converted.
Garryowen tried to get back into the game but Dunmanway-Bantry Bay made sure of the win when Niamh White crossed for a try at the end of the game which Hurley converted.
Shannon 0 – 15 Clonakilty | U16 Cup Final
In the U16 Cup final, Clonakilty kept Shannon at arms length throughout to emerge 15-0 winners over the Limerick side.
Clonakilty opened the scoring with a try from centre Elva McAuley. Saoirse O’Sullivan landed a difficult conversion to give her side a 7-0 lead.
The West Cork side were in Cup mode as they took their opportunity to add three points early in the second half when O’Sullivan brought her tally up to five points with a well struck penalty.
With a 10-0 lead, Shannon tried their best to get back into the game but Clonakilty’s defensive work, particularly at the breakdown, stemmed any momentum which the Limerick side could generate.
The West Cork side made sure of the result when Erin McCarthy crossed in the corner for her side’s second try. O’Sullivan’s conversion from the sideline just went wide but it didn’t matter as Clonakilty saw out the game to lift the U16 Cup.
Ballincollig 20 – 12 Bruff | U18 Plate Final
Ballincollig and Bruff played out a hugely entertaining final which saw the Cork side emerge victorious despite a spirited fightback from the Limerick side.
The Cork side opened the scoring with an early unconverted try before Caroline Victoria Tampwhou crossed for her side’s second try. The conversion went wide as Ballincollig took a 10-0 lead.
Bruff’s Megan O’Dwyer got her side back into the game with a well-worked try that was converted which reduced the deficit to just three points.
Ballincollig responded well with tries from Tampwhou and Orlaith Morrissey. With a 20-7 lead, the Cork side looked to have secured the win but Bruff hit back with a clever try from a setpiece which saw O’Dwyer cross for her second try.
The conversion was unsuccessful which meant it remained a two-score game and Ballincollig were able to see it out to lift the U18 Plate.