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Weekend Rugby Roundup

12th February 2023 By Leonard Allen

Weekend Rugby Roundup

Thurles edged out Thomond in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup at the weekend. Photo Credit: Thurles RFC Facebook

There was one Munster side involved in the Men’s All Ireland League at the weekend, while the two Munster sides in the All Ireland Women’s Cup had mixed results.

After a good start to their Division 2A Men’s All Ireland League game in Ballymena, Old Crescent led Ballymena 14-0 after thirty minutes, but in the end had to settle for a losing bonus point after their 22-18 defeat. David Rickard, Cathal O’Reilly, and Joe Rickard scored tries for the Limerick side and Ronan McKenna kicked two conversions.

UL Bohemian had a 33-5 away win at Suttonians in the Women’s All Ireland Cup Series, while Ballincollig lost 50-14 at home to Blackrock College.

Junior Rugby

In the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup, Highfield had an 18-15  away win over Bandon. Darragh Cox and Sean Quaid scored tries for Highfield, and Shane Buckley kicked two penalties and a conversion. Ben Ridgeway replied with five penalties for Bandon.

Holders Young Munster easily made the fourth round with a 43-10 away win at St. Mary’s. Peter Hickey scored two tries for the winners, and Kian Sheehy, Jack Lyons, Kelvin Brosnahan, and Mar O’Mara kicked five conversions and a penalty. Keith Hyland replied with a try for Mary’s and Paul Loughran kicked a conversion and a penalty.

The Kilfeacle v Cork Constitution game was abandoned after ten minutes, following a lengthy stoppage for an injury. We wish the affected player a speedy recovery. Kilfeacle were leading 7-0 with a try from Brian Barlow, which Timmy Clarke converted.

Garryowen won a thrilling game at Dooradoyle after a 32-23 victory over Old Christians, that saw the lead change hands on numerous occasions. Tommy O’Hora, Dean Fanning, Sam Farage, Ben O’Sullivan, Hugh O’Brien Cuningham, and Florian Byrnes scored tries for Garryowen. Ed Barry kicked one conversion.

UCC proved too strong for Clonakilty at the Mardyke winning 50-29. Johnny Murphy scored two tries for the Students, and Liam Ormond, Darragh French, Timmy Duggan, Mike Cogan, Billy Kiernan, and Tom Land also scored tries. Kiernan converted five of the eight tries. Sean Hudson, Conor Ryan, Eoin Downey, and Moss Downey replied with tries for Clonakity, and Downey kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Mallow defeated Old Crescent 28-26, having trailed 19-10 at the interval. Sam O’Riordan, Stephen Finn, and Dylan Walsh scored tries for Mallow. Sam Glynn kicked two conversions and three penalties. Dean Grady (2), Patrick Dolphin, and Aaron Cosgrove replied with tries for the Limerick side, and Cosgrove converted three of the tries.

Muskerry lost at home to Nenagh Ormond 29-15. Darragh Flannery, Patrick Scully, Ben Armitage,. And Joe Gleeson scored tries for Nenagh. Conor O’Brien kicked three conversions and a penalty. James Roche, and Tom Griffin scored tries for Muskerry, with Ciaran O’Connor kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Thurles defeated last year’s beaten finalists Thomond 31-24. Joe Kelly, Eoghan O’Dwyer, Conor Moloney, and Conor O’Hagan scored tries for Thurles, and O’Hagan converted all four tries, plus a penalty. Eddie Fraher, Adam Guerin, Colin Slater, and Rian O’Dwyer were Thomond’s try scorers. Jason Kiely kicked two conversions.

Newcastle West defeated Clanwilliam 31-21 at the Tipperary Town venue. Evan Donovan, Sean Ivess, Seamus Murphy, and David O’Donovan scored tries for Newcastle West. Alex O’Halloran kicked three penalties and a conversion. Ben Hickey replied with a try for the Home side, and Niall  Leahy kicked two conversions and a penalty.

Trailing 14-7 at halftime, Abbeyfeale dominated the second half to defeat Midleton 22-14. Michael Kilbridge, Gearoid Scannell, Jamie O’Sullivan, and John Forde scored tries for Abbeyfeale, and Sean Kilbridge added one conversion. Kevin Lambert replied with a try for Midleton, and Michael White added three penalties.

Skibbereen defeated Crosshaven 18-10. Adam Sheehan and Tom Bear scored tries for Skibbereen. David Shannon kicked two penalties and a conversion. Graham Smith and Cian Long replied with tries for the home side.

Charleville defeated Kinsale 31-12 with two tries from Liam Barrett and one by Michael Mullins. Kian Smith kicked two conversions and four penalties. Dan Graham and Billy O’Riordan replied with tries for Kinsale, and Dylan Lacey added a conversion.

Galbally-Mitchelstown defeated Dungarvan 40-5. Pat Molloy, Dylan O’Gorman, Graham Burke (2), and Pat Shanahan were the winners try scorers. They were also awarded a penalty try. John Kearins kicked a penalty and a conversion, and Shanahan also added a penalty.  Robbie McGrath was Dungarvan’s try scorer.

Tralee had a 24-14 away win at Waterford City. Gavin Peevers scored two tries for the Kerry side and Ettore Bandoni got one. Seamus Lyne converted three tries and also added a penalty. Hayden Casey and Danny Collins replied with tries for Waterford. Noah Mellors added one conversion.

Kanturk defeated Carrick-on-Suir 41-27. Ronan O’Brien, Colin Walsh, Éanna O’Mahony, Mat Daly, Eoin O’Sullivan, Brendan Kelleher, and Ciaran Vaughan scored tries for Kanturk. Matthew Hooton kicked three conversions. Jack O’Connell, Fiachra Twohig, and Ryan O’Donoghue were try scorers for Carrick’, who were also awarded a penalty try. Fionn Barry kicked two conversions, and Neil Moriarty added a penalty.

Cashel defeated UL Bohemian 25-15 in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Plate. Kalen Murphy scored two tries for Cashel, and Adam Shirley and Aidan O’Connor got one each. Dan O’Neill kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Both Scariff and Sunday’s Well advanced to the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Bowl.

Scariff defeated Cobh Pirates 23-19. Bill Molloy, Paul O’Sullivan, and Cian Foley were Scariff’s try scorers. Jason Monaghan kicked two penalties and a conversion. Cobh replied with tries from Ian Jones, Cian Ahern, and Jack Worrall. Billy Cain kicked two conversions.

Two tries each from Damien Kozik, and Ryan Kelleher helped Sunday’s Well to a 32-20 home win over Douglas. Shane O’Sullivan and Reece Mintern also scored tries. Andrew O’Callaghan kicked a conversion.  Douglas replied with tries from Luke Johnson, Stephen Dolan, and Ben O’Flynn, with Johnson kicking a conversion and a penalty.

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