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Provincial Rugby Roundup

26th November 2023 By Leonard Allen

Provincial Rugby Roundup

Bandon recorded their first win of the campaign with a hard earned 17-12 away win at Kanturk. Photo Credit: Bandon RFC

There are new leaders in all three Divisions of the Munster Junior League after the fifth round series of games that were played over the weekend.

In the top game in Division 1 Thomond recorded their fourth successive bonus point win with a 31-11 victory over Kilfeacle at Liam Fitzgerald Park. Tries from Colin Slater and Jordan O’Donnell and a conversion from Evan Cusack gave Thomond a 12-3 interval lead. Pa Ryan scored two tries and Jason Kiely one after the break to put the game beyond their visitors. Cusack converted two of the tries. Killian Noonan replied with a try for Kilfeacle and Luke Heuston kicked two penalties.

Mallow are the new leaders in the top Division after their 21-6 home win over Muskerry. Ronan Mills and Sean Glynn scored tries for Mallow, Jimmy Glynn kicked a conversion and Sam Glynn added three penalties. Rob Cahill kicked two penalties for Muskerry.

Sunday’s Well kept their challenge alive with a 27-15 win against Skibbereen at Musgrave Park. The visitors jumped into an early 10-0 lead  with a penalty try and conversion from Daniel Kitson. The ‘Well hit back with a penalty try, and tries from Logan Henry, Ian Casey, and Ian Murphy. Henry kicked a conversion and a penalty. David Shannon scored Skibb’s second try.

Bandon recorded their first win of the campaign with a hard earned 17-12 away win at Kanturk. Tom Desmond scored both tries for Bandon and Olan Crowley converted both and also added a penalty. Dylan O’Connor and Eanna O’Mahony replied with tries for Kanturk and James Moylan added one conversion.

Defending champions Richmond moved off the bottom of the table with a 27-13 home win against Clanwilliam. Jeffrey McNamara, Dillon Cotter, Nigel Clancy, and Keith McCarthy scored tries for Richmond. Jack Cross kicked two conversions and a penalty. Jack Quinlan and Dylan Buckley were Clanwilliam’s try scorers and Darragh Burke kicked a penalty.

Newcastle West also got their first win with a 27-7 bonus point win at home to Charleville, a result that leaves the north Cork side at the foot of the table. Aaron Rice, James Guina, Liam Treacy and Sean Murphy scored tries for the winners and Shane Airey kicked  two conversions. Jake Madigan replied with a try for Charleville which Kian Smith converted.

Kinsale have moved up to top spot in Division 2 after their 38-14 home win against Fethard. David Looney scored three tries for the winners, Faelan Stewart, Dan Graham, and Evan Wrenne were Kinsale’s other try scorers. Dylan Lacey kicked four conversions. Issac McCarthy and Peter Wall replied with tries for Fethard and Wall converted both.

St. Mary’s moved up to second place after their 24-10 home win against Tralee. Two tries from Ruairi O’Donnell and one each by Ian Cullen and Jazz Pendejito were the Saints try scorers. Paul Loughran converted two of the tries. Christian Lowe and Michael Maher replied with tries for Tralee.

Crosshaven the early pacesetters, lost for the first time, losing at home to St. Senan’s 30-29. Darren McNamara, Berto Kelly and Niall Mallon were the Senan’s try scorers. Craig Airey converted all three tries and also added three penalties. Anthony Sheehan, Jason Brady, Patrick Cotter, and Kealan Daly scored tries for the home side. Ian Smith kicked two conversions and a penalty and Daly also added a conversion.

Waterpark have moved into the top half of the table after their 13-8 home win against Youghal. Dermot Lannen scored Waterpark’s try and Willie Walsh converted and also added two penalties. Darragh Coleman replied with a try for Youghal and Nathan O’Halloran kicked a penalty.

Abbeyfeale had a 24-15 bonus point home win against Old Christians. Gearoid Scannell, Donncha Maher, Diarmuid Buckley and James O’Sullivan scored tries for Abbeyfeale, with O’Sullivan kicking two conversions. Cian Smith and Sean Kelly replied with tries for Old Christians, and Tim Hegarty added a conversion and a penalty.

Tries from Killian O’Connell, Josh Crone and Ben Kennedy helped Cobh Pirates to a 25-20 away win at Fermoy. Michael White kicked two conversions and two penalties. Fermoy replied with two tries from John McCarthy, and Eoin Lacey converted both and added two penalties.

Galbally-Mitchelstown picked up their first points of the campaign with a 16-14 home win against Ballincollig. Davey Sheehan and Danny McGrath scored tries for the winners and John Kearns kicked two penalties. Jason O’Connor and Misipati Tavea replied with tries for Ballincollig, with Cathal McDermot converting both.

In Division 3 Ennis are the new leaders after their 33-17 away win against a youthful Dungarvan side. The Clare side were 26-0 up at the end of the first quarter and had two tries from Dylan Kenny, Brendan Cleland, Cian Guilfoyle, and Cormac Browne. Kenny kicked four conversions. Patsy Coyne, Kevin Connors, and Braydon Dee Carter replied with tries for Dungarvan. Joey Doherty added one conversion.

Three penalties from Marc Loughran helped Scariff to a 9-0 home win against Ardscoil Old Boys.

Castleisland defeated Waterford City 17-5 to keep the pressure on the leaders. Connie Reynolds and Joe Sheehy scored tries for the winners. Sheehy converted both tries and also added a penalty.

Tries from Pierce Slattery and Donnchadh Greany, along with a Greany conversion gave Killarney a 12-0 interval lead at home to local rivals Killorglin, but it was Killorglin who claimed the bragging rights with a 17-12 victory. Timmy Lynch and Tommy Moriarty were Killorglin’s try scorers. Luke O’Shea converted both and also added a penalty.

Tries from Andrew Bolger and Neil Moriarty, both converted by Fionn Barry helped Carrick-on-Suir to a 14-0 away win at Douglas.

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