7th January 2024 By Leonard Allen
Terenure College retained their Bateman Cup title as the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup got under way with five first round games.
In a closely fought contest at Lakelands Park, holders Terenure College held out for a 22-15 victory over Young Munster. The big turning point in the game came five minutes before the interval when Fintan Coleman, Young Munster’s number 8, was red carded for a high tackle. The home side led 10-8 at halftime, with Sean Rigney scoring Young Munster’s try and Shane O’Leary adding a penalty. Early in the second half the Limerick side went ahead with a try from Ruadhan Quinn and a conversion by O’Leary. However, the extra man proved crucial as Terenure rallied in the final quarter and scored two tries to retain the trophy.
Ardscoil Old Boys made a winning debut in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup with a 19-7 away win at Killorglin. Dara Phillips scoring two of their three tries. Robin Healy was their other try scorer and Jamie Moore kicked two conversions. Stephen Cotter replied with a try for Killorglin and Luke O’Shea converted. This game also doubled up as a league fixture.
A late rally by Bruff in the final quarter saw them advance to Round 2 with a 25-13 win over Douglas at Castletreasure. John O’Dea, Anthony Neylon, Darragh O’Brien and Johnny Clery scored tries for Bruff. Mark O’Connell kicked a conversion and a penalty. Sean O’Shea and Brian Fox replied with tries for Douglas, and Charlie Devine kicked a penalty.
A strong finish by Midleton saw them defeat Clonmel 22-10 at the Towns Park. Josh Deady scored two tries and Sam Deady one for the winners. Stuart O’Connor added two conversions and a penalty. Ben O’Dwyer replied with a try for Clonmel and Dylan Cadogan converted and also added a penalty.
Castleisland were impressive 46-7 away winners at Dungarvan. Donal Geaney scored two tries for the Kerry side and Shane Brosnan, Darren O’Donovan, Eric McSweeney, and Joe Sheehy got one apiece. They were also awarded a penalty try. Sheehy kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Killarney advanced with a 27-11 home win over Waterford City. Harry Kelly, Colin McCarthy, Liam Randles (2) and Pierce Slattery were the Killarney try scorers. Donnachda Grealy kicked one conversion.
Mallow maintained their unbeaten run in Division 1 of the Munster Junior Lague with a 10-3 home win against Kilfeacle and moved into second place five points behind leaders Thomond. Dylan Walsh scored Mallow’s try and Jimmy Glynn converted and also added a penalty. Timmy Clarke replied with a penalty for Kilfeacle.
Bandon defeated Clanwilliam 27-24 in a bottom of the table clash at Bandon. Tom Ferguson scored two tries for the home side and Scott Kingston also got a try. Dylan Barr converted all three tries and also added two penalties. Dylan Buckley, Niall Sharpe and Gavin Downey replied with tries for Clanwilliam. Darragh Burke kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Newcastle West eased their relegation worries with a 36-12 bonus point home victory against defending champions Richmond. Jason Woulfe scored three tries for the winners and Daniel Normoyle, and Liam Treacy were the other try scorers. Shane Airy kicked four conversions and a penalty. Lee Bennett and Cian O’Reilly replied with tries for Richmond and Jack Cross added a conversion.
Old Christians defeated Fermoy 17-11 in the only game in Division 2. Stuart Lee and Oscar Clarke scored tries for the Rathcooney side. Clarke kicked a conversion, and a penalty and Lee also added a conversion. Jamie Ahern was Fermoy’s try scorer and Eoin lacey added two penalties.
Chorca Dhuibhne boked their place in the semi-final of the Martin O’Sullivan Cup with a 40-29 win over high flying Ennis. Tomás Ó Sé, Deividas Uosis, Gearoid Breathnach, Éanna Ó Conchúir, Brian Ó Murchu, and Odhran Ó Slatara were Gaeltacht side’s try scorers. Seamus Ó Mhuircheartaigh kicked five conversions. Jack Scahill, Oisin Madigan, Brendan Cleland, Colm Kearney and Oscar O’Gorman replied with tries for Ennis. Callum Barrett kicked two conversions.
The draw for the Second Round of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup is –
Ardscoil Old Boys v St. Mary’s
Bruff v Killarney,
Cobh Pirates v Castleisland,
Dolphin v Crosshaven,
Kinsale v Youghal,
Midleton v Abbeyfeale,
Nenagh Ormond v U.L. Bohemian,
Old Christians v Tralee
Old Crescent v Waterpark,
Scariff v Fethard
St. Senan’s v Fermoy
Ties to be played on Sunday 28 January with a 2pm kick off.
The draw for the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Bowl
Quarter Final: 28 January
Clonmel v Waterford City.
Semi-Finals: 25 February
Killorglin v Dungarvan
Clonmel or Waterford City v Douglas