Weekend Rugby Round-Up
24th September 2023 By Leonard Allen
UL Bohs made it two winning bonus point victories to go top of the All Ireland Women’s League, as Cork Constitution booked their place in the final of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup.
UL Bohemian were 82-0 home winners over Galwegians, while Ballincollig lost at home to Suttonians 12-5.
Cork Constitution will contest another Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup final after their 48-10 win over Old Crescent at Takumi Park. Billy Crowley scored two tries for the winners, and Alessandro Heaney, Billy Scannell, Daniel Hurley, Eoin Quilter, Mark O’Connor, and Johnny Murphy were their other try scorers. James Taylor kicked four conversions. Joe Rickard replied with a try for Old Crescent, and Ronan McKenna converted and also added a penalty.
The other semi-final between Garryowen and Bruff was postponed and has been refixed for next Thursday 28th September at Dooradoyle with a 7.30pm kick off.
A late try from Tom Goggin converted by Cian Casey earned Young Munster a 19-14 away win against the holders Nenagh Ormond in the Sporting Limerick Charity Cup. Casey also added four penalties for “The Cookies”. John Hayes scored a try for Nenagh and Conor McMahon kicked three penalties for the home side.
Shannon will now face Young Munster in the final of the Sporting Limerick Charity Cup after their 65-7 home win over the UL Bohemian.
Sunday’s Well will contest next week’s Cork County Cup Final after they saw off the challenge of a gallant Bandon side 18-6. Jamie O’Leary put the ‘Well ahead with a try inside two minutes but Matthew Crowley replied with a penalty from the restart. Adam Brown scored the Well’s second try midway through the opening half and a Crowley penalty left it 10-6 in favour of the Musgrave park side at half time.
Henry Logan extended the Well’s advantage with a penalty and a second try by Brown secured the victory.
Opposing them in the final will be Clonakilty who defeated Muskerry 22-7. Cathal O’Regan, Dave Jennings, and Josh Wilcox scored tries for Clon and Rory Fletcher kicked two conversions and a penalty. Dave Kiely replied with a try for Muskerry and Rob Cahill converted.
Thomond defeated Shannon 40-10 in the Transfield Cup semi-final. Colin Slater scored two tries for the winners, Jordan O’Donnell, Evan Maher, Jason Kiely and Conor Radcliffe got one each. Evan Cusack kicked five conversions.
Richmond will face Thomond in the decider after they defeated Old Crescent 25-5 at Takumi Park.
Clonmel defeated Nenagh Ormond in the semi-final of the Garryowen Cup. Zac O’Loughlin scored Clonmel’s try and Jack Walsh kicked two penalties.
Old Christians will face Crosshaven in next week’s O’Neill Cup Final after the Rathcooney side’s 17-0 home win over Youghal. Daniel Kelleher, Mark Gleeson and Tim Hegarty scored tries for the winners and Conor Dolan added one conversion.