Junior Rugby: Bandon close the gap on Clonmel

Storm Desmond caused the postponement of 11 of yesterday’s Munster Junior League games as only eight survived the weather.

The only game played in Division 1 saw Bandon move to within a point of leaders Clonmel after their 68-7 home win over Old Christians.

The winners scored 10 tries with Michael Beecher and Gearoid Crowley getting two each. Des Prendergast, Richard Walsh, Colin Jackson, Kieran Essex, and Jerry Crowley were their other try scorers.

They were also awarded a penalty try. Walsh kicked eight conversions and Chris Laidler one.

Sam O’Connell was Old Christians’ try scorer and Sean Meaney converted.

In Division Two, Presentation were the only side involved in the promotion race not to play.

Leaders Abbeyfeale defeated Waterford City 23-8. Cian McCarthy and Michael Enright scored tries for the Limerick side with Steve Daly converting both and kicking three penalties.

Sean O’Mahony was Waterford’s try scorer and Michael Hayes added a penalty.

Kinsale, Cobh Pirates, and Thurles are all in second place eight points behind the leaders.

Cobh Pirates had the highest score of the day running in 14 tries in their 82-0 home win over bottom side Dungarvan.

Thurles defeated Mallow 43-14 at the Tipperary venue. Shane Lanigan Ryan, Shane Moloney, Nicky Irwin, Peter Coman, Colm Skeehan, and Luke Kelly all scored tries for the winners. Aidan Dwyer converted five of the tries and also added a penalty.

Mallow, who have yet to record a win this season, had tries from Timmy Fitzgerald and Hugh Barry and Luke O’Brien converted both.

Kinsale kept their challenge on track with a hard-earned 21-17 away win over Castleisland.

Pat O’Regan, Joe Moriarty, and Luke Kingston were try scorers for Kinsale and Sean Kingston converted all three.

Mick Cronin, Sean Nolan, and Eric McSweeney replied with tries for the Kerry side and Willie Casey converted one.

Ennis got their first win of the campaign with a 22-6 home win over fellow strugglers Tralee.

Conor Dolan, Sean Hayes, and Tola Coote scored tries for the Clare men and Dolan kicked two conversions and a penalty. Ben O’Neill replied with two penalties for Tralee.

The meeting of the only two undefeated sides in the Third Division resulted in a 50-12 home win for leaders Youghal.

In the only other game played in this division, Killarney defeated Fethard 13-12 at the Tipperary venue.

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