Provincial Rugby Roundup
30th January 2022 By Leonard Allen
It was busy weekend with action in the Bank of Ireland Munster junior Cup as well as a full series of games in Section A and B of the Munster Junior League.
The big shock in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup was the defeat of Dolphin by Ennis 7-0 at the Clare venue in a game played in horrendous conditions. A late try by Cian Guilfoyle converted by Colm Kearney decided the issue.
Tries from Ben Kennedy and Rory Pearce helped Cobh Pirates to a 12-5 away win at Clonmel.
Ballincollig proved no match for Old Crescent at Tanner Park as the Rosbrien side advanced 42-3 winners. Jack O’Mahony opened the scoring with a penalty for the visitors but Shane Buckley levelled shortly after. It was one way traffic after that with Jason Aylward scoring two tries for the winners and Jack Hogan, Loughlin O’Keeffe and O’Mahony also adding tries. O’Mahony added two further penalties and four conversions.
Fermoy proved too strong for Waterford City emerging 26-8 home winners. PJ Lloyd scored two tries for Fermoy and Ian Pratt and Francis John O’Flynn got one each. Ben McCarthy kicked three conversions. Andrew Condron replied with a try for Waterford City and Jack Jacob kicked a penalty.
Cashel defeated St. Mary’s 11-0 with a try from Adam Dunne and Dan O’Neill kicked two penalties.
Charleville defeated Youghal 36-14 where Olan Coleman and Kelvin Yellop scored tries for Youghal and Jonathan Ormond and Jason Coleman each added a conversion.
Bantry Bay overcame Castleisland 27-7. Sean O’Shea scored two tries for the winners and Shane Keevers and Philip O’Shea also added tries. Sean McCarthy kicked a penalty and two conversions.
Killorglin and Tralee were victorious in the two Kerry derby ties. Killorglin defeated Chorca Dhuibhne 22-12 with tries Jamie O’Leary, Timmy Lynch, Luke O’Shea and Seamus Doyle. O’Shea added one conversion. Seamus Moriarty replied with four penalties for the Dingle side.
Tralee defeated Killarney 10-7 with a try from Ben Galvin and a conversion and a penalty by Seamus Lyne.
Bandon proved too strong for Richmond in their Junior League Section A tie at Old Chapel. Santiago Gonzalez scored two tries for the winners and Padraig Galvin got one. Ben Ridgeway converted all three tries and also added three penalties. Shane Halpin and Brian Bennett replied with tries for Richmond and Bennett converted one.
A last minute converted try earned Thomond a 27-21 away win at Waterpark. Roberto Kelly scored three tries for the winners and Darragh O’Neill one. Paddy Keirsey, James Keirsey and Willie Walsh replied with tries for Waterpark and Walsh converted all three.
Newcastle West defeated Old Christians 31-26 at Rathcooney to maintain their challenge. Jason Woulfe, James Kelly, Sean Murphy, Charlie O’Doherty and Darragh Fox scored tries for the visitors and O’Doherty added three conversions. Rob McKenna, Brian Sisk and Cian Smith replied with tries for Old Christians and McKenna kicked two penalties and two conversions.
Muskerry lost at home to Kilfeacle 32-36 in a ten try thriller. Kevin Kinnane scored three tries for the Tipperary side and Kevin Doyle and Diarmuid O’Donnell got one each. Gavin Heuston kicked four conversions and a penalty. Mark Jones, Dan Horgan, Tom Feeney, Lewis Grice and Liam Donovan replied with tries for Muskerry. Rob Cahill kicked two conversions and a penalty.
In Section B Clanwilliam remain top after their 34-8 home win over Skibbereen. Darragh Burke, Jack Quinlan. Michael Sharpe, David McCormack and Gavin Downey were Clan’s try scorers. Niall Leahy added three conversions and a penalty. Jodi O’Brien replied with a try for Skibbereen and Jack O’Driscoll kicked a penalty.
A try from Jack Quirke and a conversion and a penalty by Stephen Daly helped Abbeyfeale to a 10-0 home win against Crosshaven.
Four penalties from Declan Rowe against two by Mark Purcell earned St. Senan’s a 12-6 home win over Clonakilty.
Galbally lost at home to Mallow 13-7. Eoghan Barry scored a try for Mallow and Jimmy Glynn kicked a conversion and two penalties. Danny Hayes replied with a try for Galbally and John Keirins converted.