Weekend Rugby Roundup 20/12
20th December 2009 By Munster Rugby
The Munster Junior Club Challenge Cup Final between Clonmel and Kilfeacle fell victim to the weather as some of the back log of Junior League fixtures did go ahead.
Defending First Division champions Cashel are right back in the hunt for a three in a row after their 48-7 home win over struggling St. Senan’s. Some of the old reliable try scorers were again on the scoresheet with the likes of Pat O’Connor, Eoin O’Connor and Maximilliano Nannini crossing the try line and Pat O’Connor kicked four conversions. Michael O’Connell was Senan’s try scorer and Declan Collins converted.
Castleisland have now gone eighteen points clear at the top of Section A of the Third Division after their 19-6 win over second placed Killarney. Three penalties to one by David Hickey had Castleisland 9-3 ahead at half time. Tries by Ken Healy and Daniel Walsh secured the points for the ‘Island and Hickey kicked the second penalty for the home side.
Presentation have moved a point ahead of Killarney after their 19-0 away win over Kilrush. Shane O’Brien, Ollie Delaney and Stuart Madden scored tries for the Limerick side and O’Brien kicked two conversions.
Corca Dhuibhne are still in the hunt for promotion after their 29-13 away win over Scariff. Ciaran Collins scored two tries and two conversions for the Kerry Gaeltacht side and Billy O’Connor, Gavin Curran and Cathal Mitchell got a try each. Scariff replied with two tries from Robbie Madden and a penalty by Michael Madden.
Dungarvan came very close to causing a major upset as they led Section B leaders Charleville 9-6 with time running out but a try by Joe Hayes for the North Cork side saw them extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Frankie Holly kicked two penalties for the visitors. Michael Irwin replied with two penalties for Dungarvan and Joey Lawlor added a drop goal.
Mallow have now moved up to second place level with Waterford City after their 44-0 home win over bottom side Shandon. The winners were 22-0 ahead at half time. Leonard Browne scored two of Mallow’s eight tries with Jim Moloney, Ray Roche, Dave Walsh, Richard Weedle, John McAuliffe and Rory McSherry being the other try scorers. Brian Morris kicked two conversions.
U.L. Bohemian extended their lead at the top of the North Munster Seconds league with a 24-21 away win over Shannon at Coonagh.
Cork Constitution have joined U.C.C. at the top of the Southern Section of the Munster Seconds League after their narrow 23-22 win over Highfield at Woodleigh Park. Timmy Kenneally and Conor Desmond scored tries for the winners and Michael Keyes kicked three penalties and two conversions. Highfield replied with two tries from Michael Cummins and one by Paul Stack. John Sheehan kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Sunday’s Well kept their hopes alive of a top four finish with a 27-5 win over Clonakilty at Musgrave Park. Robert Colan-O’Leary, Eamon Murphy, Colin Corkery and Jason Martin O’Sullivan were try scorers for the ‘Well and Luke Duffy kicked a penalty and two conversions. Fiachra Keane replied with a try for the visitors.
The only other games played in the Province were in the South Munster Junior Two League.
Dunmanway went back to the top of their section with a 48-17 away win over Kinsale. Gordon Brett scored four of his sides eight tries, Matt Saunderson got two and Owen Higgins and Colm O’Brien one apiece. Mark Kingston converted four of the tries. Kinsale replied with tries from Robin O’Flynn, Ralph Creswell and Ian Coughlan and a conversion by Lloyd Darmody.
A try, conversion and penalty by Keith Stafford helped Ballincollig to a 10-6 win over Muskerry. Eoin Keohane replied with two penalties for the visitors.
Cork Constitution defeated old rivals Dolphin 16-15 at Temple Hill. Two penalties by Simon Barry to a try by Sam Fuller had the home side 6-5 ahead at half time. Barry added a third penalty, try and conversion for Constitution, while Tim Cotter scored a try for Dolphin and Pat Ahern kicked a conversion and penalty.
Munster Junior League Division 1:Cashel 48,St. Senan’s 7;
Division 3 Section A:Killarney 6,Castleisland 19;
Kilrush 0,Presentation 19;
Scariff 13,Corca Dhuibhne 29;
Section B:Dungarvan 9,Charleville 11;
Mallow 44,Shandon 0;
Munster Seconds League North:Shannon 21,U.L. Bohemian 24;
Munster Seconds League South:Highfield 22,Cork Constitution 23;
Sunday’s Well 27,Clonakilty 5;
Junior 2 League South Section B:Kinsale 17,Dunmanway 48;
Section C:Ballincollig 10,Muskerry 6;
Section D:Cork Constitution 16,Dolphin 15;
South Under 17 Quarter Final:Highfield 28,Kinsale 0;