10th September 2023 By Leonard Allen
There was plenty of drama in the second round of group games in the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup, with Bruff being the first side to book a place in the semi-finals.
Cork Constitution took a major step to qualify from Group 1, while defeats for Cashel and holders Young Munster, means that Group 2 will see all four sides are in with a chance of claiming a last four spot in the final round of games next week.
Bruff followed up their narrow 23-22 win over UL Bohemian last week with a 43-19 victory at home to Midleton to claim top spot in Group 4. Tom Quigley, Ciaran Cronin, Rob Browne, Ethan Anderson, Mark Fitzgerald, and Adam Casey were try scorers for Bruff. Sean Kilbridge converted five of the tries and also added a penalty. Conall Doyle and Stuart O’Connor kicked two penalties each for Midleton and they were also awarded a penalty try.
Cork Con made it two wins from two in Group 1 with a hard earned 28-11 home win over Nenagh Ormond. In a closely fought opening half Con’ led 11-8 at half time with with a try from Max Abbott and a penalty each by James Taylor and George Coomber. Kevin O’Gorman gave Nenagh an early lead with a try and Ben Pope kicked a penalty. After the break, Abbott, Jack Kelleher and Alessandro Heaney added further tries with Taylor converting one. Conor McMahon kicked a penalty for Nenagh.
In Group 2, UCC surprised defending champions Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park with 28-21 victory. Rob O’Brien (2), James Wixted, and Luke McAuliffe were College try scorers and all four were converted. Donnacha O’Callaghan and Tomas Clifford were try scorers for Young Munster.
Garryowen defeated Cashel 34-5 at the Tipperary venue running in six tries. Dylan Foley scored Cashel’s try.
A last minute penalty by Josef O’Connor earned Clonmel a 20-17 victory at home to Old Crescent. Andrey Daly scored a try for Clonmel, O’Connor converted and also kicked two penalties. They were also awarded a penalty try. Old Crescent had tries from Conor Monaghan, Sean Donnarumma and Michael O’Hanrahan, with Ronan McKenna kicking one conversion.
On the Junior scene, Newcastle West defeated local rivals Abbeyfeale 27-10 in the Transfield Cup. Shane Airy, Dan Normoyle and Tyrese Holdbrook scored tries for the winners, who were also awarded a penalty try. Airey added a conversion and a penalty.
Tralee defeated Killarney 36-12 in the McElligott Cup. Ben Glavin and Mikey Lyne each scored three tries for Tralee. David Rusk kicked two conversions and Ben O’Neill one.
Tries from Stephen Cotter, Ryan Lucey and Luke O’Shea were not enough for Killorglin who lost 25-34 at home to Chorca Dhuibhne in Group 1 of the McElligott Cup. O’Shea kicked two conversions and two penalties.
Two penalties from Joseph Sheehy were enough to give Castleisland a 6-5 win over Abbeyfeale in the same group.
Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup Group 1:
Cork Constitution 28, Nenagh Ormond 11;
Cashel 5, Garryowen 34;
Young Munster 21, U.C.C. 28;
Clonmel 20, Old Crescent 17;
Bruff 42, Midleton 19;
Abbeyfeale 10, Newcastle West 27;
Bruff 3, Shannon 48;
Clonmel 17, Carrick-on-Suir 12;
Thurles 22, Clanwilliam 13;
McElligott Cup Group 1:
Castleisland 6, Abbeyfeale 5;
Killorglin 25, Chorca Dhuibhne 34;
Tralee 36, Killarney 12;
McInerney Cup: Presentation 14, Ennis 41;