Provincial Rugby Roundup
26th February 2023 By Leonard Allen
There were no shocks in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup, as Richmond moved another step closer to clinching the Munster Junior League trophy.
Kilfeacle got the better of Cork Constitution in their refixed Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup tie, coming out on top 19-10. Kilfeacle playing with wind advantage led 12-5 at halftime. Cillian Noonan, Gavin Heuston, and Kevin Kinane scored tries for Kilfeacle and Timmy Clarke added two conversions. John Scanlon and Michael Hand replied with tries for the Temple Hill side.
Holders Young Munster booked their place in the quarter-final of the competition with a 61-24 win against Mallow at Tom Clifford Park. Stephen Lyons and Darragh Shine scored two tries each, and Tom Ross, Conor O’Shaughnessy, Adam Murphy, Liam Nielan, and Werner Hoffman got one each. Kelvin Brosnahan converted eight of the nine tries. Jimmy Glynn, Sam Glynn, Ken Mills, and Dylan Walsh replied with tries for Mallow. Sam Glynn converted two of the tries.
Highfield defeated Charleville 27-11 with tries from Noah Patterson, Cal Óg Healy, and Chris Banon. Shane Buckley converted all three tries and also added two penalties, Charleville had a try from Eoin McMahon and two penalties by Kian Smith.
Garryowen booked their place in the last eight with a 50-3 away win at Nenagh Ormond. Colm Quilligan and Ed Barry scored two tries each for the Light Blues, and Osama Farage, Alexander Wood, and Dean Fanning got one each. They were also awarded a penalty try. Wood kicked four conversions, and Conor O’Brien replied with a penalty for Nenagh.
Richmond moved within touching distance of claiming the Munster Junior League title as a result of their 39-17 win over Old Christians at Rathcooney. Jeff McNamara scored two of the winners five tries. Keelan Stephenson, Brian Mullins, and Seanie Bennett scored tries for Richmond. Tadhg Bennett kicked two penalties and four conversions. Mark Gleeson and Timmy Hegarty replied with tries for Old Christians, and John Marnell converted both and also added a penalty.
Thomond ended defending champions Newcastle West’s hopes of retaining the trophy with a 19-18 victory at Liam Fitzgerald Park. Rob Duffy, Jack Cosgrove, and Adam Guerin scored tries for Thomond, with Guerin converting two of them. Darragh Fox and Andrew Mortell replied with tries for the visitors and Alex O’Halloran kicked two penalties and a conversion.
A last minute penalty by Conor O’Hagan earned Thurles a valuable 13-10 home win against Waterpark in their bid to avoid playing in the Second Division next season. Owen Byrnes and Cathal Hayes scored tris for Thurles. Willie Walsh replied with a try, conversion and a penalty for Waterpark.
In the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Plate Youghal booked their place in the semi-final with a 49-5 home win over Killorglin. Scot O’Sullivan (4), Sean Riordan (3), Tom O’Neill, and Alan Frahill O’Connor were the Youghal try scorers. Jonathan Ormond kicked two conversions.
Ennis are also through to the last four after their 30-13 home win over Waterford City.
Dolphin defeated Carrick-on-Suir 54-22 to book a quarter-final tie away to St. Senan’s. Nicholas Elissondo scored three tries for the Musgrave Park outfit, and Charlie Dwyer, Lincoln Kennedy, Diarmuid Keogh, Conor Ellis, and Luke Moloney got one each. Ryan O’Herlihy kicked seven conversions. Jack O’Connell, Dean Clerk, and Kieran Kinsella were Carrick’s try scorers. Fionn Barry kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Fethard will face Cashel in the last eight after their 40-14 home win against Dungarvan. Robert Wall scored two tries for the winners, and Ollie Pearson, Jack Kealy, Gus Brown, and Conor Pearson got one each. Josef O’Connor kicked five conversions.
Castleisland defeated Scariff 35-21 to book their place in the final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Bowl. Darragh Curtin, Pat Bán O’Sullivan, Adam Jensen, and Darren O’Donovan were Castleisland try scorers. Joe Sheehy kicked three conversions and three penalties. Bill Molloy, Jason Monaghan, and Mark Loughran replied with tries for Scariff. Monaghan converted all three tries.