Junior Rugby: St Senan’s win cup thriller

St. Senan’s and Youghal produced two of the big shocks of yesterday’s Munster Junior Cup programme.
Junior Rugby: St Senan’s win cup thriller

In a thrilling game at Jim Slattery Park, St. Senan’s defeated Garryowen 22-16. The Clare side raced into an early 14-0 lead with tries from Fergal Lawlor and Niall Mallon with Declan Rowe converting.

Garryowen brought it back to 14-13 early in the second half but a Rowe penalty and a John Mulready try saw Senan’s advance to a meeting with Richmond.

Youghal defeated Dolphin 27-12 with tries from Keith McCarthy (2), Aaron Daly, and Scott O’Sullivan. McCarthy kicked two conversions and Daly a penalty.

Champions Shannon defeated St. Mary’s 33-25. Bobby Price (2) and Ollie Lyons had tries for the winners. Barry McGorey converted all three and kicked three penalties.

Sean Markham replied with two tries for the Saints and Rory O’Donnell one.

Last year’s beaten finalists Clonmel defeated Waterpark 24-6. Clonmel led 7-6 at half-time with a Tony Cantwell try and a Conor Cooney conversion to two penalties from Geoff Deegan. Luke Hogan and Darren Cass scored second-half tries and Cooney converted both.

Junior League leaders Richmond defeated Bruff 27-0. Kealan Stephenson scored two tries for the hosts and Pat Humphries and Gareth O’Hanlon got one each.

A last-minute penalty from Joe Lee gave Clonakilty a 17-14 home win over Fermoy. The First Division side led 14-0 at the interval with tries from Ciaran Calnan and Mark Purcell both converted by Lee. Fermoy rallied to level with tries from Ed O’Connell and Dylan Lacey with Michael Sweeney converting.

Thurles caused a shock with an 18-13 away win over Newcastle West. Sean Murphy scored a try for the west Limerick side and Alan Roche kicked a conversion and two penalties. Clanwilliam defeated Second Division leaders Abbeyfeale 15-9.Andrew Ryan and Derek Shields were Clanwilliam’s try-scorers and Ryan added a conversion and a penalty. Tom Hassett replied with three penalties for Abbeyfeale.

Cobh Pirates beat Kinsale 23-7 with tries from Aaron O’Flynn, Noel O’Donovan, and Eoin McSweeney.

Two sides struggling in the Second Division met in Ennis where the Clare side defeated Tralee 25-12.Tries from Eamon Ring and Michael Ring helped Crosshaven to an 18-14 away win over Douglas-Carrigaline. Ritchie Walsh, Dan Swittenbank, and Christian Mulcahy scored tries for Bandon in their 24-19 away win over Kanturk.

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