23rd March 2009 By Munster Rugby
Ballynahinch and Cork Constitution reach AIB All Ireland Senior Cup Final as U.L. Bohemian book their place in the Munster Junior Cup Final.
Before a crowd of over 2,000 people at Ballymacarn Park, Ballynahinch caused another upset in the AIB All Ireland Senior Cup when they knocked out their third First Division side with a 24-17 victory over Garryowen.
Gerry Hurley gave the Light Blues the lead after eight minutes with a try which Conor Kilroy converted. Ballynahinch drew level with a try from Stuart Lamb and Ryan Bambry converted. Kilroy edged Garryowen with a penalty for a 10-7 lead at half time.
Two tries early in the second half by Kyle Corrigan and Aaron Ferris both converted by Bambry put the home side into a commanding position. Bambry added a penalty before a try by Diarmuid McCarthy which Hurley converted gave the Ulster side a few anxious moments before the final whistle.
Six minutes into the second half Young Munster and Cork Constitution were level 6-6 when the First Division league leaders ran in two tries from Darragh Lyons and Evan Ryan both converted by Jeremy Manning ended this game as a contest. Manning had kicked two drop goals to give the Temple Hill side a 6-3 lead at half time, while Darren O’Brien kicked two penalties for "The Cookies". David Kelly extended Con’s lead with a try which Manning converted. David Sheehan got a late try for the home side which O’Brien converted to leave Con 27-13 winners.
Dolphin have moved into fourth place in the First Division of the AIB All Ireland League after their 39-10 win over bottom side Terenure College. The Cork side had the bonus point wrapped up by half time and the highlight was Barry Keeshan scoring his first AIB Al Ireland league try. Gary O’Keeffe, Dave Ryan, Warren DeBruin all scored a try each and James Coughlan got two. Keeshan kicked three conversions and a penalty.
In Division Two U.C.C. moved into top place on points difference ahead of Lansdowne after their 20-16 win over Wanderers at Merrion Road.
Highfield had no luck away to Dublin University losing out 29-11 at College Park.
There was no joy for Cashel at Tullamore as they made their exit from the AIB All Ireland Junior Cup 40-30. The Tipperary side were never in the game and only a late rally which yielded three tries closed the gap to 33-30 before the Leinster side made sure of victory with an intercept try. Diarmuid O’Connor scored two tries for Cashel and Pat O’Connor and Cian O’Connor got one each. Pat O’Connor kicked two penalties and two conversions. Colin Morrison looks like he will be out for their upcoming Junior Interprovincial League games after picking up a hamstring injury.
U.L. Bohemian have reached their second Munster Junior Cup Final in three seasons after their 24-3 win over Tralee at Dooradoyle. Dave Moloney and Finbarr Aherne were try scorers for the winners and Fergal Lawler kicked three penalties and Mark Butler added a drop goal. Gareth Walsh replied with a penalty for the Kerry side.
Two late tries by Sean O’Neill and Peter Mihaere helped Skibbereen to a 15-3 win over Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park. Jeff Purcell had kicked a penalty to give the home side a 3-0 half time lead. Mihaere leveled with a penalty and also converted his own try.
St Senan’s have been promoted from the Second Division after their 29-0 home win over Charleville. Alistair Cawley scored two tries for the winners and David Dunne and Fran Duggan got one each. Darren Guerin kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Clanwilliam collected maximum points from their trip to Mallow with a 29-18 win but they cannot catch St. Senan’s and so will spend another season in the Second Division. This result means relegation for the North Cork side.
Eamon Buckley scored two tries for the winners and kicked two conversions and a penalty. Ian Quinlan and martin hickey also scored tries and Derek Shields kicked a conversion. Len Browne replied with two tries for Mallow and Des Golden got one. Andy Cashman also added a drop goal for the home side.
Youghal defeated Newcastle West 27-6 to boost their chances of avoiding relegation. Stephen Kelly, Alan Fox and Gareth Hogan were try scorers for the winners and Sean Barry kicked three conversions and two penalties. Tommy Kelleher replied with two penalties fro the West Limerick side.
Castleisland have won their section in the Third Division after their 22-5 away win over Kilrush. Tim Healy T.J. Casey, Ed Hogan and Mike Mangan scored tries for the Kerry side and Con Reynolds kicked a conversion.
St. Mary’s moved back into second place with a 36-0 win over Scariff at Corbally. Sonny O’Connor (2), Sean Lyons, Barry Gibbons, Matthew Ryan and Tommy Meghan were Mary’s try scorers and Gibbons converted three of the tries.
Killarney won their local derby over Killorglin on a 22-9 score line. A try by Adrian Hegarty and a penalty by Sean Hickey had Killarney 8-6 ahead at the break. Brian Gannon kicked two penalties for the visitors. Brian O’Leary and Gene Ferris added further tries after the break and Hickey converted both while Killorglin’s only response was a third penalty by Gannon.
In the other section Galbally have moved ahead of Douglas into second place following their 51-7 home win over Waterford City. Liam Casey, Eoghan Bourke and Stephen Bourke scored two tries each and George Costello and Phillip Moore got one apiece, Casey kicked four conversions and Stephen Bourke one penalty.
Elsewhere Cobh Pirates defeated Crosshaven 40-22 in the Cork County Cup and Kinsale reached the final of the O’Neill Cup with a 24-7 away win over Douglas.
AIB All Ireland Senior Cup Semi Finals: Ballynahinch 24, Garryowen 17;
Young Munster 13, Cork Constitution 27;
AIB League Division 1: Blackrock College 27, Ballymena 10;
Clontarf 24, Old Belvedere 23;
Galwegians 28, U.C.D. 3;
Terenure College 10, Dolphin 39;
Division 2: Dublin University 29, Highfield 11;
Wanderers 16, U.C.C. 20;
AIB All Ireland Junior Cup Semi Finals: Navan 35, Cill Dara 27;
Tullamore 40, Cashel 30;
Munster Junior Cup Semi Finals: U.L. Bohemian 24, Tralee 3;
Munster Junior Plate: Young Munster 3, Skibbereen 15;
Munster Junior League Division 2: Mallow 18, Clanwilliam 29;
St. Senan’s 29, Charleville 0;
Youghal 27, Newcastle West 6;
Division 3 Section A: Killarney 22, Killorglin 9;
Kilrush 5, Castleisland 22;
St. Mary’s 36, Scariff 0;
Section B: Galbally 51, Waterford City 7;
Cork County Cup: Cobh Pirates 40, Crosshaven 22;
O’Neill Cup: Douglas 7, Kinsale 24;
Kanturk 8, Old Christians 22;
Junior 2 Cup South: Bantry Bay 0, Dolphin 27;
Castleisland 0, Bandon 13;
Dunmanway 6, Cork Constitution 20;
Tralee 8, U.C.C. 8;
McCarthy Cup Semi Final: Mallow 5, Ballincollig 20;
Under 20 South Western Conference Division 2 Final: Nenagh Ormond 21, Dolphin 5;
South Under 18 Cup: Bandon 19, Old Christians 11;
Mallow 8, Highfield 12;
South Under 18 Development Cup Semi Final: Douglas 15, Youghal 20;
South Under 16 B Cup: Douglas 23, Carrigaline 0;
South Under 14 Cup: Kanturk 34, Clonakilty 0;
Women’s All Ireland Cup Semi Final: Highfield 3, U.L. Bohemian 14;
Women’s All Ireland Bowl Semi Final: Waterpark 5, Ballincollig 19;