Weekend Roundup 1st March
2nd March 2009 By Munster Rugby
They were major shocks in the Munster Junior Plate as the quarter final line up for the Munster Junior Cup was decided.
In the only AIL game involving Munster clubs at the weekend, Old Crescent have moved to within two points of second placed U.C.C. in the Second Division after their 18-11 win over Clonakilty at Rosbrien. The Limerick side were trailing 10-5 at half time and a second half come back saw them secure the points.
Richmond caused an upset in the Munster Junior Cup when they knocked out Crosshaven at Garryowen Green 18-17. Michael Kelleher and Paul Wallace scored tries for the winners and Darragh Clancy kicked a conversion and two penalties. Pierce O’Brien and Dave Hurley replied with tries for the Seasiders and Liam Delaney converted both and also added a conversion.
Thirty four points in the opening half was enough for U.L. Bohemian who saw off the challenge of Ennis at the Clare venue on a 34-3 scoreline. Dave Moloney (2), Kevin Bracken, Ross Butler and Jamie English were try scorers for U.L. Fergal Lawlor kicked a penalty and three conversions. Bryan Murphy replied with a penalty for the home side after the break.
Garryowen won their replay at Clonmel 22-16. The Light Blues were always in control but had to withstand a late finish by the home side when they were reduced to thirteen players as a result of two yellow cards. Alan McNamara scored two tries for Garryowen and Diarmuid McCarthy got one. Alan Kingsley kicked two conversions and Andrew Burke kicked a penalty. Neville Melbourne replied with a try for the home side and Conor Cooney kicked a conversion and three penalties.
It was a big day in the history of the Killarney club as they recorded a surprise victory over an injury hit Shannon in the Munster Junior Plate. A try by Mike Nash and a conversion and penalty by Sean Hickey gave the Kerry side a 10-0 lead early in the second half. Emmett McLoughlin and Shane Mohally replied with tries and a conversion by Paddy O’Sullivan put the visitors ahead. A late penalty by Hickey earned Killarney their place in the next round.
St. Mary’s had a surprising 21-20 away win over Kinsale. Mark Gibbons, Ger McInerney and Matthew Ryan scored tries for the Corbally side and Barry Gibbons converted all three. Frazer Hodgson and Tadgh Wright replied with tries for Kinsale and Jason Murphy converted both and also kicked two penalties.
Galbally brushed aside the challenge of holder’s St. Senan’s 42-5. Liam Casey was the top scorer for the Limerick side with two tries, a penalty and two conversions. Stephen Bourke, James Taylor, Kevin Casey, Neill McNamara and Eoghan Bourke all scored tries.
Old Christians proved too strong for Newcastle West at Rathcooney emerging 38-7. Alan O’Dea, Alan O’Connell, Aidan Tobin, Robbie Doyle, John O’Flynn and Gavin Murphy all scored tries for the Cork side and Tobin added four conversions.
Cashel completed their Munster Junior League program with a 23-15 home win over Kilfeacle. Barry Moloney, Pat O’Connor and Diarmuid O’Connor all scored tries for the league champions and Pat O’Connor kicked two penalties and a conversion. Kilfeacle were awarded a penalty try and also had one from Ger Luby. Derek Ryan kicked a conversion and penalty.
In Division Two Mallow moved off the foot of the table with a 12-0 home win over Charleville. Leonard Browne and Hugh Kenna scored tries and Andrew Cashman converted.
Kilrush kept their promotion hopes alive in Section A of the Third Division with a 34-12 home win over Scariff. Robbie Madden and Marcus O’Neill scored tries for Scariff and Madden kicked a conversion.
Douglas kept their promotion challenge alive in Section B, with a 33-3 away win over Dungarvan. Denis O’Driscoll scored two of his side’s six tries with Arthur Reynard, John Kidney, Liam Hines and Conor Toland being their other try scorers. Andy Larkin also added a penalty.
Muskerry and Midleton played out a 17-17 draw in the Cork County Cup at Ballyanly. Darren O’Farrell scored a try for the home side Darragh Masterson kicked four conversions. George Glennon, Garoid Collins and Luke McKeown scored tries for the East Cork side and Robert Colan O’Leary converted.