Junior Rugby Roundup
22nd February 2010 By Munster Rugby
With only one series of games remaining in the Munster Junior League Divisions One and Two, St. Senan’s are the only sides to be relegated.
The Clare side’s stay in the top flight ended at Richmond Park, where the home side maintained their challenge for the league title with a 37-3 victory. The home side ran in five tries with Michael Phelan scoring two and Derek Mitchell, Jody O’Sullivan and Stephen Clancy getting one apiece. Wayne Murphy kicked three conversions and two penalties. Declan Collins replied with a penalty for the visitors.
Cashel’s bid for a third successive title ended at Tralee when they lost at the Kerry venue 27-13. The home side led 20-13 at half time with two tries from Joe Costello and one by Kevin O’Shea. Chris Dermody converted one of the tries and O’Shea kicked a penalty. Shane Nolan replied with a try for Cashel and Pat O’Connor kicked a conversion and two penalties. John Gilmartin secured the bonus point for Tralee with a fourth try which Dermody converted.
Going into the final series of games in two weeks time both Richmond and Tralee who are level on points are both away with Richmond travelling to Ballincollig and Tralee finish their campaign at Skibbereen.
Four sides are battling it out to avoid joining St. Senan’s in the Second Division next season.
Crosshaven currently occupy the second last spot, despite their 16-11 home win over Waterpark. Ross O’Connell scored a try for the home side and Ger Fitzgerald kicked a conversion and three penalties. Dave Copeland replied with a try for the visitors and Brendan Walsh and Colm O’Shea each kicked a penalty.
Two penalties and two drop goals by Aidan O’Dwyer helped Thurles to a 12-9 home win over Skibbereen. Mark Kingston kicked three penalties for the West Cork side.
A try by James Nolan gave Kilfeacle a 5-0 away win over Cobh Pirates.
Ballincollig made sure of their place in the top flight next season with a surprising 13-12 away win over Clonmel. Paudge Bohane scored a try for Ballincollig and Denis Galvin kicked a conversion and three penalties. Brian Lonergan and David Joyce were try scorers for the home side and Morgan Lyons kicked a conversion.
The position at the foot of the table is – Crosshaven have sixteen points from ten games, Thurles are on seventeen points with two games remaining, Kilfeacle are a point ahead of Thurles with three games outstanding and Clonmel on nineteen points have one game left. Thurles face Kilfeacle next week in an outstanding tie and that could make the relegation issue a bit more clearer.
In the Second Division two points separates the top three sides who all won. Leaders Clanwilliam who trailed Bandon 9-6 at half time ran out comfortable winners on a 30-12 scoreline at Old Chapel. John Redigan scored two tries for the winners and Robbie Doyle got one. Willie Dwyer converted all three tries and also added three penalties. David Ahern replied with four penalties for Bandon.
There was plenty of drama at Ballyanly where Galbally snatched a dramatic victory with an 11-9 victory over Muskerry. A drop goal by Pat Dennehy gave Muskerry a 3-0 interval lead. Galbally led 8-6 as the game entered injury time with a try by Wayne McCarthy and a penalty by Karl Bourke. Dave Foley put the home side 9-8 ahead two minutes into injury time with a drop goal but with the final play of the game Liam Casey slotted over a penalty for the visitors.
Old Christians are level on points with Galbally and two behind Clanwilliam, but do have a game in hand on the other two. They collected maximum points with a 38-11 home win over Newcastle West. Stuart Lee, Paul McGrath, Killian Spain, Brian Rall and Sean Murnane were try scorers for the Rathcooney side and Aidan Tobin kicked five conversions and a penalty.
Youghal eased their relegation worries with a 20-6 away win over Ennis. Gary McArdle, Alan O’Connor and Ken Forrest were try scorers for the visitors and Jonathon Ormond kicked a conversion and a penalty. David Murphy replied with two penalties for Ennis.
An early try by Barry Gibbons was not enough for St. Mary’s who lost at home to Kinsale 22-5. Andy Lynch and Tadgh Wright scored two tries each for the winners and Peter Murphy kicked a conversion.
A try Simon Mulholland and a conversion and two penalties by Darragh Meade gave Kanturk a 12-10 away win over Newport.
Castleisland and Killarney played out a 12-12 draw in the top of the table clash in Section A of Division 3. Mark Connolly kicked four penalties for the home side and Sean Hickey replied with four penalties for Killarney.
Presentation stayed in touch with a bonus point win as they beat Kilrush 29-5 at Rathuard.
Corca Dhuibhne also kept their outside hopes of a semi final spot alive with a 27-19 home win over Scariff. Gavin Curran scored two tries for the winners and Johnny Curran got a try, three conversions and two penalties. Trevor Kelly replied with two tries for the Clare side and Robbie Madden added a try and two conversions.
Abbeyfeale defeated Killorglin 24-20. Robert Brown scored two tries for the winners and Michael Reidy got one. Browne converted all three tries and also added a penalty. David O’Sullivan, Vivian O’Callaghan and Andrew O’Reilly replied with tries for the home side and Brian Gannon kicked a penalty and a conversion.
Charleville and Mallow are still level on points in Section B of the Third Division.
Mallow defeated Shandon 40-5. Sean Holt two, Ian Kelleher, Denis Murphy, Brian Morris and Eoghan Glynn were Mallow’s try scorers and Morris kicked five conversions. Owen Murnane replied with a try for Shandon.
Charleville overcame Dungarvan 40-10. Tadgh Cronin scored two of Charleville’s six tries and Phillip Hogan, Sean Buckley, James Leahy and Shane Corkery also crossed the line and Frank Holly kicked five conversions. Dave Riordan and Wayne Horgan were try scorers for Dungarvan.
Fermoy defeated injury hit Carrick-on-Suir 34-3 to keep their promotion prospects on track. Two tries from Olan Crowley and one each by Geoff Shanahan, Jim Mackessy and Cathal O’Keeffe secured a bonus point for Fermoy and Joe Lee kicked three conversions and a penalty. Michael Cronin replied with a penalty for the visitors.
Tries by Dan O’Connor and John Hayes and a conversion and three penalties by Andy Larkin helped Douglas to a 21-13 home win over Waterford City.
Bruff defeated Shannon 28-12 in the North Munster Seconds League. Brian O’Connor, Eoin Cahill and Maurice O’Connell scored tries for the winners and John Forde kicked two penalties and three conversions.
A try by Ian O’Regan and a conversion and three penalties by Danny O’Shea was not enough for Sunday’s Well who lost to Dolphin 25-16 in their final game in the South Munster Seconds League.
Dolphin were defeated by Skibbereen 16-11 in the Junior Two League South. Gary Ross scored a try for Dolphin and Pat Ahern kicked two penalties.
Tries by James Crowley and Matt Sanderson helped Dunmanway to a 10-8 home win over Cobh Pirates in their top of the table clash.
Waterpark secured the last place in the Avonmore Milk Under 19 League semi final with an 18-14 victory over Ennis in their play off.
Munster Junior League Division 1:Clonmel 12,Ballincollig 13;
Cobh Pirates 0,Kilfeacle 5;
Crosshaven 16,Waterpark 11;
Richmond 37,St. Senan’s 3;
Thurles 12,Skibbereen 9;
Tralee 27,Cashel 13;
Division 2:Bandon 12,Clanwilliam 30;
Ennis 6,Youghal 20;
Muskerry 9,Galbally 11;
Newport 10,Kanturk 13;
Old Christians 38,Newcastle West 11;
St Mary’s 5,Kinsale 22;
Division 3 Section A:Castleisland 10,Killarney 10;
Corca Dhuibhne 27,Scariff 10;
Killorglin 20,Abbeyfeale 24;
Presentation 5,Kilrush 22;
Section B:Charleville 40,Dungarvan 10;
Douglas 21,Waterford City 13;
Fermoy 34,Carrick-on-Suir 3;
Shandon 5,Mallow 40;
Munster Seconds League North:Bruff 28,Shannon 12;
Young Munster 22,Garryowen 21;
Munster Seconds League South:Dolphin 25,Sunday’s Well 16;
Junior 2 League South Group A:Dolphin 11,Skibbereen 16;
Group B: Dunmanway 10,Cobh Pirates 8;
Mick Barry Cup Group A: Carrigaline 41,Bandon 7;
Castleisland 6,Muskerry 10;
Group B: Clonakilty 35,U.C.C. 21;
Cork Constitution 55,Kanturk 7;
George O’Connell Cup:Sunday’s Well 27,Kinsale 22;
Junior 3 League South Group A Final:Ballincollig 17,Mallow 3;
Group B:Fermoy 35,Dolphin 0;
Gleeson League:Garryowen 27,Old Crescent 14;
Under 21 South Western Conference Division 1A:Dolphin 3,U.L. Bohemian 26;
Division 1B:Galwegians 12,Young Munster 10;
Sunday’s Well 16,Corinthians 17;
Waterpark 13,Highfield 10;
Avonmore Milk Munster Under 19 League Group 1 Play Off:Waterpark 18,Ennis 14;
South Under 19 Development League Semi Finals:Douglas 17,Bandon 9;
South Under 17 League Phase 2 Section A:Fermoy 7,Cork Constitution 12;
Mallow 10,Kanturk 12;
Section B:Kinsale 7,Cobh Pirates 25;
Midleton 29,Muskerry 15;
Section C:Youghal 5,Clonakilty 26;
South Under 15 Development League Section 1:Kanturk 36,Fermoy 0;
Sunday’s Well 12,Mallow 12;
Youghal 0,Cork Constitution 50;
West Munster Under 19 League Final:Castleisland 7,Killorglin 5;