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Provincial Rugby Roundup

3rd December 2023 By Leonard Allen

Provincial Rugby Roundup

Castleisland defeated Chorca Dhuibhne 24-7 in the Munster Junior League at the weekend. Photo Credit: Castleisland RFC

There were no changes at the top of all three Divisions of the Munster Junior League as the half way mark approaches.

Mallow still lead Division One following their 16-10 away win at Bandon. Ryan Stewart scored Mallow’s try and Jimmy Glynn converted and added three penalties. Mattew Crowley replied with a try for Bandon and Dylan Barr converted and also added a penalty.

Thomond had to survive a dramatic rally at Skibbereen before claiming maximum points with a 33-31 victory. This leaves Thomond level with Mallow on points, but with a game less played. Early in the second half Thomond led by 26-5 and how the home side will rue those two  missed conversions. Luke Costelloe scored three of Thomond’s five tries, with Pa Ryan getting the other two. Evan Cusack converted four of the tries. Skibbereen replied with two tries from Daniel Kitson and one each by Michael O’ Donovan, Kevin Coombes, and Daniel Duggan. David Shannon converted three of the tries.

Sunday’s Well are a point behind the leaders after their 28-12 away win at Clanwilliam. Fabien Loughrey scored two tries for the ‘Well and Kevin Maye and Ryan O’Donoghue Kelleher got one each. Logan Henry converted all four tries. Clanwilliam replied with tries from Darragh Crowe and Jack Quinlan. Ben Downey added one conversion.

Thurles remain in fourth place after their 17-14 away win at Charleville. Mark Cummins, Cathal Hayes and Luke Kelly were Thures try scorers and James Maher kicked one conversion. Dave Moloney  and Josh O’Brien replied with  tries for Charleville and Kian Smith converted both.

Kilfeacle still remain in contention after their  24-5 bonus point win at home to Kanturk. Tom Fogarty, Jacques van Wyngaardt and Kevin Kissane scored tries for Kilfeacle, who were also awarded a penalty try. Luke Heuston added one conversion. David O’Sullivan replied with a try for Kanturk.

Clonakilty remain in the top half of the table after their 18-7 home win over Richmond. All the scores came in the opening half with Rory White and Olan Deane scoring tries for Clonakilty. Eoin Downey kicked two penalties and a conversion. Mike Kelleher replied with a try for the defending champions and Seam Considine converted.

Muskerry moved out of the relegation zone with a 46-25 home win against Newcastle West. Liam Ryan (3), Frank Horgan (2) and Liam Donovan were Muskerry’s try scorers. Rob Cahill kicked  four conversions and two penalties.  Aaron Rice, Sean Murphy, and Liam Treacy replied with tries for Newcastle West, and Shane Airey added two penalties and two conversions.

In Division 2 Kinsale hold a one point advantage over St. Mary’s after both recorded away bonus point victories.

Kinsale travelled to Ballincollig and emerged with a 47-20 victory. Brian O’Donnell scored two tries for Kinsale, and Mark O’ Connell, Dan Graham, David Looney and Dylan Lacey were their other try scorers. They were also awarded a penalty try. Lacey kicked four conversions.

St. Mary’s travelled to Fethard and emerged with maximum points after a 36-7 victory. Keith Hyland scored two tries for the Saints, and Ruairi O’Donnell, Aaron Nunan and Jamie O’Sullivan were the other try scorers. Paul Loughran kicked four conversions and a penalty. Robert Wall replied with a try for Fethard which Peter Wall converted.

The Cobh Pirates v Crosshaven gme was postponed due to a bereavement in the Cobh club.

Tralee kept their promotion hopes alive with a narrow 10-8 home win against Abbeyfeale. Liam Gannon and Ben Glavin scored tries for Tralee and Jamie O’Sullivan replied with a try and a conversion for Abbeyfeale.

St. Senan’s  defeated bottom side Galbally-Mitchelstown 31-27. Roberto Kelly (2), David Flynn, Declan Collins, and Brian Collins scored tries for Senan’s and Craig Airey added three conversions. Oisin Walsh, Bradly Ahern and Liam Moylan replied with tries for Galbally-Mitchelstown and Pa Shanahan kicked three conversions and two penalties.

Old Christians had a comfortable 47-0 home win against Waterpark. Oscar Clark scored two tries for the winners and Cian Smith, Jack McGrath, Sean Kelly, Niall McCarthy, Tim Hegarty, and Dan Kelleher were the other try scorers. Kelleher kicked  two conversions and a penalty.

Fermoy defeated Youghal 30-24 at the East Cork venue but despite scoring three tries in the opening half, they were unable to score a fourth to secure a winning bonus point. Darragh O’Sullivan and Jamie Ahern scored tries for Fermoy who were also awarded a penalty try. Eoin Lacey kicked two conversions and three penalties. Jordan Yellop replied with two tries for Youghal and Kevin Yellop got one. Nathan O’Halloran converted all three tries and also added a penalty.

Ennis remain top of Division 3 after they defeated neighbours Scariff 23-10. Joe Connaughton and Cillian Mullins scored tries for Ennis. Dylan Kenny converted both tries and added three penalties. Scariff were awarded a penalty try and Marc Loughran kicked a penalty.

Castleisland defeated Chorca Dhuibhne 24-7 in the Kerry derby. Trevor O’Sullivan, Sean Nolan and Kevin Lenihan were the try scores for the winners, who were also awarded a penalty try. Joseph Sheehy added one conversion. Gearoid Breathnach replied with a try for the Dingle side, and Seamus O Muircheartaigh converted.

Ardscoil Old Boys  defeated bottom side Douglas 48-10. Luke McGrath (3), Robin Healy (2), Martin Casey, Gavin Hogan and Darren Shannon were Ardscoil’s try scorers. Niall McGrath kicked four conversions. Mike Carey and Ben Costigan replied with tries for Douglas.

Carrick-on-Suir defeated Killarney 33-24. James Daly with two tries and Jack Boylan  one were the Carrick’ try scorers. Fionn Barry converted all three tries and also added four penalties. Alan Lynch replied with two tries for the Kerry side and Patrick Talbot got one. Ciaran O’Brien kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Waterford City defeated Dungarvan in their local derby 25-0. Mikey O’Connor, Naoise MacCathmaoil, Liam Hayes, and Andrew Condon were City’s try scorers, with O’Connor kicking a conversion and a penalty.


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