Junior rugby: Cashel extend lead to seven

CASHEL extended their advantage at the top of the First Division of the Munster Junior League as Clonakilty caused another shock in the Munster Junior Cup with a win over Sunday’s Well.

Clonakilty advanced to the third round against Garryowen after their 23-21 victory at Musgrave Park. Sean Duignan scored Clonakilty’s only try and James Deasy kicked six penalties. Stephen Landers and Niall Horgan scored tries for the Well who were also awarded a penalty try. Colin Corkery converted all three but missed a long range penalty in the final minute to win the tie.

Cashel were made battle all the way for a 23-14 home win over Old Christians as their lead at the top of the table stretches to seven points. In a closely fought opening half the Tipperary side led 11-9 with Brian Silke scoring a try for the home side and Darragh O’Brien kicking two penalties. Aidan Tobin replied with three penalties for Old Christians. Two tries by John Ed O’Connor and an O’Brien conversion extended Cashel’s advantage inside the opening eight minutes of the second half. Conor Quaid replied with a try for the visitors 10 minutes from time.

Second place Richmond had their game with Waterpark called off due to a frozen pitch.

Crossahven moved into third place after their 50-5 away win over bottom side Ballincollig. Liam Delaney scored two of their six tries with Jake Grey, Paul Cogan, Brian Murphy and Ross O’Connell also scoring. Delaney kicked two conversions and four penalties and Paul Memory also added two conversions. Cathal Twohig replied with a try for the home side.

Skibbereen caused a shock at Clanwilliam with an 11-10 away victory. Tries by Robert Doyle and Kieran Merrigan had Clanwilliam 10-3 ahead at the interval. David Shannon replied with a penalty for the west Cork side. A try by Matt Darby and another Shannon penalty secured the points.

Kilfeacle kept up their challenge for a top five finish with a 32-17 home win over St. Senan’s. Ian Burns, Aidan Long, Charles Walsh, Shane Luby and Billy Callaghan were try scorers for the Tipperary side and Luby kicked two conversions and a penalty. Fergal Lawlor and Pa Ryan replied with tries for Senan’s and Declan Collins converted both and also added a penalty.

Tralee had a 37-18 away win over Cobh Pirates. It was 13-13 at half-time with James Murphy scoring a try for the Pirates and Mark chandler adding a conversion and two penalties. Ciarán Deane replied with a try for the visitors and Gareth Walsh kicked a conversion and two penalties. Tries by Joe Costelloe, Liam Quaid and James Walsh secured the bonus point for Tralee and Walsh converted all three and also kicked a penalty. Jack hickey replied with a try for the home side.

Clonmel defeated Thurles 24-10 in the Tipperary derby. A try by Stephen Pyke converted by Conor Cooney gave Clonmel a 7-0 interval lead. Two tries by Niall O’Brien and one by Cooney who ran the full length of the pitch to score and a Cooney conversion eased the home side’s relegation worries.

Kanturk defeated St. Mary’s 22-6 to go top of Division Two. Darragh Meade kicked five penalties and converted a try by Peter Earley for Kanturk while Sean Lyons and John Ford kicked a penalty each for the Limerick side who also missed six kicks at goal.

Castleisland lost valuable ground when they went down 19-10 away to Ennis. Cian Clancy and Niall Nevin scored tries for the Clare side and Bryan Murphy added three penalties. Shane O’Connell replied with a try for the Kerry side and Mark Connolly kicked a conversion and penalty.

Mallow kept their hopes alive with a 17-11 home win over Kinsale. Jim Moloney, Frank Thornton and Leonard Browne were try scorers for Mallow and Brian Morris kicked a conversion. Peter Murphy replied with a try and two penalties for Kinsale.

Youghal moved into the top four after their 36-5 home win over Killarney. Skipper Alan Fox scored two tries for the winners and Brendan Mackey, Jonathon Ormond and Garret Hogan one each. Keith McCarthy kicked four conversions and Ian Broderick added a drop goal. Paudie Sheehan replied with a try for the Kerry side.

The battle at the foot of the table ended all square after Bandon and Charleville played a 6-6 draw at Old Chapel. Cathal Crowley kicked two penalties for the home side and Frankie Holly replied with two penalties for the north Cork side.

In Division Three, second-placed Scariff scored an 8-3 home win over Abbeyfeale. James Kelly scored a try and penalty while David Collins replied with a penalty for the visitors.

Corca Dhuibhne kept up their challenge with an 18-10 away win over Kilrush. Neill Flaherty and Kevin Moriarty were try scorers for the Kerry side.

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