23rd April 2023 By Leonard Allen
Garryowen and Kilfeacle have qualified for next week’s Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup Final.
A dramatic finish to the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final at Dooradoyle, as a last-minute penalty by Colm Quilligan saw Garryowen knock out the holders Young Munster 14-11.
Kelvin Brosnan put Young Munster ahead with a penalty, but Quilligan levelled for the hosts. Brosnan scored the game’s first try to give Young Munster an 8-3 advantage at halftime. David Murphy tied up the scores with a Garryowen try. Willie Staunton edged Munster’s ahead with a penalty with two minutes of normal time remaining. Quilligan looked like the game was heading for extra time when he kicked his second penalty, but made sure of victory with the final play of the game.
A strong finish by Kilfeacle in the last 20 minutes saw them come from 20-13 down to win 28-20 against UCC in the other semi-final at Kilfeacle. Two penalties from Aaron Quirke saw UCC go into a 6-0 lead, but two penalties by Luke Heuston had Kilfeacle level.
A try by Tom McCarthy converted by Quirke edged College back in front. A try by Jack McLoughlin converted by Heuston left it 13-13 each at the interval. UCC were back in front with a try by Darragh French, which Quirke converted. A third penalty by Heuston and a Brian McLoughlin try, converted by Heuston had Kilfeacle ahead 23-20 for the first time in the match. A try by Keith Bourke sealed Kilfeacle’s place in the decider.
Ennis-Kilrush won the Women’s Divisional Bowl Final with a 22-14 win over Thurles at the 4GUL pitch.