Junior Rugby Focus: Cup heartbreak for Galbally as Con score late try

Bandon, Cork Constitution, Richmond, and Young Munster advanced to the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup semi-finals after a busy weekend of action.

Junior Rugby Focus: Cup heartbreak for Galbally as Con score late try

The hard luck story of the day belonged to Galbally who led Cork Constitution 8-3 with two minutes to go, but a try from Dave Fitzgerald sent the game into extra-time. In the final minute of extra-time, and Galbally ahead on the first try rule, young John Poland kicked a penalty to book Con’s place in the last four (11-8).

A Jack O’Mullane penalty had given the Limerick side a 3-0 interval lead. Poland levelled but Tony Henebry’s try looked enough to send Galbally through until Con’s late rally .

Bandon defeated First Division champions Clonmel 23-10 at the Tipperary venue. Kevin Lucey and Conor Pullan scored Bandon’s tries and Richard Walsh converted both and added three conversions. Mark Corby replied with a try for Clonmel and Conor Cooney converted and also added a penalty.

Richmond had to come from behind to beat Cashel 26-19. Cormac O’Donnell opened the scoring with a try for Cashel but two Bríain Bennett penalties had Richmond ahead after 15 minutes. A try and a conversion by Ryan O’Donnell edged Cashel back in front as they led 12-9 at half-time. A fourth penalty from Bennett had the sides level early in the second half. Tries from Shane Halpin and Ger Flaherty put Richmond 26-12 in front. A late Alan O’Donnell try which was converted by Ryan O’Donnell was not enough to save the Tipperary side.

Young Munster defeated Kilfeacle 21-13. Three penalties from Paul Downes had the Cookies 9-0 ahead at half-time.

A try by Peter Meyer converted by Downes made it 16-0. Gavin Heuston kicked two penalties for Kilfeacle before Mike Madden scored a second try for Munsters. Heuston kept Kilfeacle’s hopes alive with a converted try.

Cork Constitution will now entertain Richmond and Bandon must travel to Young Munster in the semi-finals on April 17.

The big relegation battle in Division 1 of the Munster Junior League finished all square at Rathcooney as Old Christians and Waterpark played out a 10-10 draw. A John Flynn penalty had Waterpark 3-0 ahead at the interval. Christians replied with a John Purcell try to take the lead but a Kevin Phelan try converted by Geoff Deegan had Waterpark 10-5 ahead before Cian Smith’s try levelled matters.

Four tries in the last 20 minutes saw St. Senan’s come from 29-5 down to defeat Muskerry 33-29 at Ballyanly. Playing with the strong wind, tries from Martin Muldoon, John Chambers, Dan Horgan, and Lorcan Collins gave Muskerry a 24-5 half-time lead. Mark Jones increased Muskerry’s advantage with a fifth try but five-pointers from Declan Collins, Kelly, Emille Maffat, and David Webb all converted by Dale O’Loughlin saw the Clare side finish fifth in the table.

Ballincollig defeated Kanturk 10-6 in the Junior Plate with a try from Kevin Ryan and a conversion and a penalty by Charlie Boland. Olan Daly kicked two penalties for Kanturk. Newcastle West defeated St. Mary’s 13-12.

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