Provincial Rugby Roundup
19th November 2023 By Leonard Allen
There were mixed fortunes for the two Munster sides in the All Ireland Junior Cup quarter finals on Saturday, with Kilfeacle advancing, but Newcastle West made their exit. Meanwhile, Thurles are the new leaders in Division 1 of the Munster Junior League.
Kilfeacle defeated Ulster side Dromore 36-24.Tries from Cormac Ryan, Killian Noonan, Luke Heuston, Gavin Heuston, Kevin Kinnane and Kevin Doyle were Kilfeacle’s try scorers. Luke Heuston kicked three conversions.
A try by Aaron Rice and two penalties by Shane Airey were not enough for Newcastle West who lost away to Seapoint 32-11.
In the only game in Division 1 of the Munster Junior League, Thurles defeated Clonakilty 31-24 to go top of the table and the game also doubled up as Junior Clubs Challenge Cup tie. Sonny Dwyer scored two tries for the Tipperary side and James Maher and Peter Kinnane got one each. Maher converted the four tries and Paddy McGrath kicked a penalty. Cathal O’Regan, Kieran Howlin, Olan Deane and Rory Fletcher replied with tries for Clon’. Eoin Downey kicked two conversions.
Richmond came from behind to beat Clanwilliam 25-13 in their opening game in the Clubs Challenge Cup. James Reeves, Jack Cross, and Craig Carew scored tries for Richmond. Brian Mullins kicked two penalties and a conversion, and Sean Considine added a conversion. Jack Quinlan scored Clanwilliam’s try, Ben Downey added a conversion and a penalty, and Brian Kissane kicked a penalty.
Muskerry defeated Charleville 27-22 with two tries from George O’Mahony and one each by Peter Wall and Colm Healan. Rob Cahill converted two of the tries and also added a penalty. Jack Barrett, Jack Buckley, Josh O’Brien, and Jake Madigan were Charleville’s try scorers. Jessie Smith kicked one conversion.
Sunday’s Well easily accounted for Kanturk on a 50-5 scoreline at Musgrave Park. Finn MacFhlannchadha, and Augustine Anuset each scored two tries, Rob O’Keeffe, David O’Dwyer, Alex Guerin and James Mulcahy got one each. Logan Henry kicked three conversions and O’Dwyer two.
In the quarter finals; Richmond will host Thomond, Sunday’s Well entertain Kilfeacle, and Thurles will be away to Newcastle West, with Muskerry travelling to Bandon. The date for these games is provisionally fixed for 17th December.
In the Challenge Shield, Abbeyfeale travelled to Youghal for the second successive week, but this time Abbeyfeale made amends for last week’s league defeat with a 27-10 victory. Gearoid Collins, Jack Sullivan, Diarmuid Buckley and John Forde were the try scorers for the winners. Jamie O’Sullivan kicked two conversions and a penalty. Youghal were awarded a penalty try and Nathan O’Halloran kicked a penalty.
Kinsale were comprehensive 45-19 home winners against Cobh Pirates. They led 31-0 at half time. David Looney scored four of Kinsale’s seven tries, with Faelan Stewart, Evan Wrenne and Ruari McCarthy being their other try scorers. Dylan Lacey kicked three conversions and Robin O’Flynn two. Ben Kennedy replied with two tries for the Pirates and Josh Banim got one. Michael White kicked two conversions.
Waterpark defeated Fethard 24-9 with tries from Paddy Kiersey, Oisin Johnson, Mark Wallis, and Tommy Hogan. Ryan Jackson kicked two conversions. Peter Wall replied with three penalties for Fethard.
The quarter final draw for the shield is Abbeyfeale v Waterpark, Ballincollig v St. Senan’s, Kinsale v Crosshaven, and St. Mary’s v Old Christians.
Waterford City defeated Ardscoil Old Boys 18-17 in a Division 3 tie at Waterford. The sides were level 10-10 at halftime. Waterford City were awarded a penalty try in the opening half and Darren Walsh scored one after the break. Mikey O’Connor added two penalties. Jamie Moore and Luke McGrath scored tries for Ardscoil. McGrath converted both tries and Moore kicked a penalty.