Junior Rugby Focus: Cashel top cup upsets

It was a day of shocks in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup as holders Shannon are knocked out by Cashel and both Muskerry and Midleton lost to sides in a lower division.

A last minute try from Cashel’s Chris O’Donnell which was converted by Ryan O’Donnell gave them a dramatic 13-10 home win over the holders Shannon. The sides were level 3-3 at half time with Ryan O’Donnell kicking a penalty for the Tipperary side and Barry McGorey replying with a drop goal for Shannon.

O’Donnell kicked his second penalty before Shannon took the lead with a try from Bobby Price which Ciaran Cunnane converted. But Cashel pounced in the final minute to setup an away tie against UCC.

Dungarvan, without a win in Division Two of the Munster Junior League, caused a huge upset at the Towns Park in Midleton when the sides finished level 20-20 after extra time but the Waterford side advance on the first try rule.

Tom Keith and Stephen Phelan scored tries for Dungarvan and David Hickey kicked two penalties and a conversions. Luke Deane and Ger White replied with tries for Midleton and Deane added two conversions and two penalties.

Muskerry looked like they were advancing on the try count rule but a last minute extra time penalty from Aaron Foskin saw Waterford City advance 15-12. Foskin and Michael Hayes had kicked two penalties each for the home side in regular time and Liam O’Donovan and Shane Murphy replied with tries for Muskerry. Eoin Keohane added a conversion.

Richmond edged out St. Senan’s in the all first division clash 11-6. A Brian Mullins penalty and a Kealan Stephenson try had Richmond 8-3 ahead at half time. Wayne Murphy added a penalty for the home side after the break and Declan Rowe replied with two penalties for Senan’s.

Bandon continued their recent good run with a 20-0 home win over Cobh Pirates. All the scoring came in the second half as with wind advantage Richard Walsh kicked five penalties and Dan Swittenbank scored a try.

Cork Constitution were convincing 54-8 home winners over a disappointing U.L. Bohemian side. They scored eight tries with Arthur Spring getting three and Paddy Hegarty, Leo O’Leary, Michael Clune, Cathal O’Flaherty and Jamie Murphy one each. Murphy kicked five conversions and Eoin Lacey two. Hugh Burke replied with a try for the losers and Joe Murray kicked a penalty.

Highfield defeated Clonakilty 13-3 at the Vale while Clanwilliam easily brushed aside the challenge of Ennis 29-5.

In the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Plate Mallow defeated Fermoy 27-3, Garryowen hammered Bruff 18-0 while

Kanturk beat Sunday’s Well 30-13.


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