Young Munster power to Junior Cup final

Young Munster booked their place in the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup final while St Mary’s and Waterpark were relegated from Division 1 of the league.

Young Munster defeated Bandon 19-7 at Tom Clifford Park to reach the decider. A Paul Downes penalty gave the home side a 3-0 half time lead. Tries by Paul Allen and Dermot Gallagher and two more penalties by Downes saw The Cookies qualify.

An injury to prop Tim Crowley was a huge blow to Bandon who had a try from Olan Crowley, which was converted by Chris Laidler.

Clonmel’s bid to attain All-Ireland League status suffered a setback on Saturday when they lost at home to Enniscorthy (22-7) in the Provincial League. . Tries by Tony Morrissey and Ivan Jacobs and a conversion and penalty from Ivan Poole saw Enniscorthy move second with just one series of games to go.

Old Christians are safe in the top flight of the Junior League thanks to a dramatic penalty kick by Sean Meaney two minutes from time to seal a 16-13 win over Richmond at Richmond Park. It looked like relegation for the Rathcooney side until Meaney’s lifesaver.

Two of the other sides in the relegation battle Waterpark and St Mary’s met at Ballinakill with victory going to St Mary’s 19-15. Billy Connors scored two tries for Waterpark and Geoff Deegan kicked a conversion and a penalty. The Saints were awarded two penalty tries which Sean Lyons converted and Matthew Hickey also scored a try. This result left Waterpark bottom and Mary’s were also relegated on points difference.

Pres booked a place in the Bank of Ireland Bowl final with a 36-24 home win over Bruff. Gareth Airey, Darren Baxter, Ger Clancy and James Reeves scored tries for Pres. Craig Airey kicked four conversions and two penalties.

Abbeyfeale face Thurles in the final of the Junior Clubs Challenge Shield after a 23-5 home win over Mallow. Cormac Roche, Adam Roche, and Michael Enright all scored tries for Abbeyfeale and Tom Hassett kicked two penalties and a conversion. Conor O’Donovan scored a Mallow try.

Holders Skibb reached the County Cup final with a 14-10 win at Muskerry. A Ritchie Byrne try and Denis McCarthy penalty gave Skibb an 8-0 half-time lead. McCarthy kicked two penalties and Jonathan Buckley replied with two tries. Youghal defeated Fermoy 26-3 in the O’Neill Cup final at Cobh. Tries from Scot O’Sullivan, Brendan Mackey and a penalty try saw Youghal to victory.


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