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Provincial Rugby Roundup

15th January 2023 By Leonard Allen

Provincial Rugby Roundup

Killorglin secured a 12-11 win over Killarney in Section C of the Munster Junior League at the weekend,. Photo Credit: Killorglin RFC

Only one game fell victim to the weather this weekend as the battle for places in each section intensifies across all three sections of the Munster Junior League.

In Section A; Kilfeacle lost ground going down to defeat away to Old Christians, but still remain in third position, but four points behind the leaders.

Bandon and Richmond continue to share top spot, but the Limerick side have a game in hand, as both sides recorded home bonus point wins.

Bandon defeated Thomond 31-17 with tries from Scott Kingston, Ben Ridgeway, Sean Galvin, and Darragh O’Brien. Ridgeway kicked four conversions and a penalty. Thomond replied with tries from Eoin Sherlock, Colin Kelly, and Jordan O’Donnell, with Jason Kiely kicking one conversion.

Richmond defeated St. Mary’s 28-13 in a hard-fought contest at the Canal Bank. James Reeves, Nigel Clancy, Ryan Meagher, and Darragh Joyce scored tries for Richmond. Tadhg Bennett converted all four tries. Aaron Nunan, and Andy McKenzie replied with tries for Mary’s, and Paul Loughran kicked a penalty.

Kilfeacle lost 25-24 away to Old Christians, but a last-minute converted try, meant they picked up two points from the contest. Tadhg O’Brien, Ryan O’Connell, and Rob McKenna scored tries for the Rathcooney side. Conor Dolan kicked two conversions and two penalties. Kilfeacle replied with tries from Cormac Ryan, Brian Barlow, Seamus Ryan, and Kevin Kinane. Gavin Heuston added two conversions.

Newcastle West defeated Muskerry 34-18 to remain five points behind the leaders but two games in hand to Bandon. Evan Donovan, SeanIvess, Keelan Headd and Shane Airey were try scorers for the home side. Airey kicked two penalties and three conversions, and Sean Herlihy also added a conversion. Muskerry replied with tries from Liam Donovan and Rob Cahill. Cahill converted one of the tries and kicked two penalties.

Mallow defeated Skibbereen 17-10 to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish. Dave Cogan and James Hall scored tries for Mallow. Jimmy Glynn kicked two Conversions and a penalty. Adam O’Regan replied with two tries for Skibbereen.

A last-minute penalty by Niall Leahy earned Clanwilliam a dramatic 23-21 away win at Clonakilty. Jack Quinlan and Niall Sharpe scored tries for Clanwilliam and Leahy also kicked two penalties and two conversions. Willie Tyner and Olan Deane were Clonakilty’s try scorers,. With Eoin Downey adding three penalties and a conversion.

Bottom side Abbeyfeale made it back-to-back wins with a last-minute try from Jamie O’Sullivan earned them a 24-22 away win at Crosshaven. Jacques van Wyngaardt scored two tries for Abbeyfeale, and Sean Kilbridge converted all three tries and also kicked a penalty. Mikey Collins, Conor Dunlea, and Ryan O’Mahony replied with tries for Crosshaven. Ian Smith kicked two conversions and a penalty.

In Section B; Fethard maintained their lead at the top with a 26-11 home win against Cobh Pirates. Michael Gaynor and Angus McDonald scored tries for Fethard. Josef O’Connor converted both tries and also added four penalties.

Fermoy staged a second-half revival to claim all points away to Ennis with a 27-22 victory. The home side did all of their scoring in the first half and had two tries by David Flynn and one by Zack Whelahan. Colm Kearney kicked two conversions and a penalty. Fermoy had tries from Bobby Ryan, and James O’Driscoll. Ben Twomey kicked four penalties and a conversion, and Eoin Lacey also added a penalty to keep his side in second place.

St Senan’s drew level with Fermoy after their 27-15 bonus point home win over Carrick-on-Suir. Martin Corbett, Jason Warren, Declan Rowe, and Declan Collins scored tries for Senan’s, with Rowe kicking two conversions and a penalty. The visitors replied with tries from Mick Dineen and Jack O’Connell. Fionn Barry kicked a conversion ad a penalty. Youghal kept their playoff hopes alive with a 52-10 home victory against Scariff. Darragh O’Brien (3), Oran Finn (2), Alan Frahill (2), and Scott O’Sullivan were the Youghal try scorers. Conal Doyle kicked six conversions.

Kanturk moved back to the top of Section C with a 27-23 bonus home win over Kinsale. Ciaran Vaughan and Sean O’Brien each scored two tries for Kanturk, and Ronan O’Brien got one. Stephen McCauliffe kicked one conversion.

Tralee won the Kerry derby defeating Castleisland 25-15. Ben Glavin and Miky Lyne scored tries for Tralee, who were also awarded a penalty try. Seamus Lyne kicked a conversion and two penalties.

Killorglin won the other Kerry derby defeating Killarney 12-11 to record their first league win of the season. Cormac Doyle and Stephen Cotter scored tries for Killorglin, and Luke O’Shea added one conversion. Alan Lynch was Killarney’s try scorer and Donnacha Grealy kicked two penalties.


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