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Bank of Ireland Junior Rugby Round Up

10th February 2019 By Leonard Allen

Clonakilty remain on course to take the other promotion spot after their win over Ballincollig.

Clonakilty remain on course to take a promotion spot after their win over Ballincollig. David Ribeiro / M. Lee Media

There is no change at the top of Division 1 of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior League as all of the top three sides recorded bonus point wins. Mallow won promotion from Division Two and Tralee were crowned Division Three champions.

There is no change at the top of Division 1 of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior League as all of the top three sides recorded bonus point wins. Mallow won promotion from Division Two and Tralee were crowned Division Three champions.

Division 1 leaders Clonmel travelled to the UL 4G pitch to play Richmond and ran out 38-12 winners. Luke Hogan scored four tries with Andrew Daly and Darren Cass getting one apiece. Cass kicked four conversions. Richmond replied with two late tries from Brian Mullins and Jonathan Tully with Michael Kelleher converting the first.

Second placed Newcastle West who were four points behind the leaders travelled to Skibbereen and won 35-17. Sean Murphy and Brian O’Sullivan each scored two tries and Michael Burke got one. Sean Herlihy converted all five tries. Mike Limerick and Michael O’Donovan replied with tries for Skibbereen and they were also awarded a penalty try.

Bandon, a further point behind Newcastle West, got revenge for last week’s Cup defeat when they beat Kilfeacle 33-27. Enda Phelan, Matthew Crowley, Santiago Gonzalez, Ben Ridgeway and Branson Waaka scored tries for Bandon and Ridgeway kicked four conversions. Cian Ryan, Darren Lowry, Jamie Hogan, Gavin Heuston and Phil O’Connor scored tries for Kilfeacle and Brodie Flannery converted one.

Abbeyfeale kept their hopes alive of qualifying for the All Ireland Junior Cup with a 36-18 win over St. Mary’s at Grove Island. Trent Reti scored two tries and Derry O’Connor and Michael Roche got one each. They were also awarded a penalty try and O’Connor kicked three conversions and a penalty. Aaron Nunan, Richard Wallace and Darragh Kerley scored tries for Mary’s and Alan Kiely kicked a penalty.

Galbally moved ahead of St. Senan’s in the relegation battle after their 17-0 home win. Jack Donovan scored a try, John Kearns kicked a conversion and a penalty and they were also awarded a penalty try.

A last minute try from Matt Daly earned Kanturk a 13-12 home win over Clanwilliam. Michael Gorman scored Kanturk’s first try and Conor Cremin kicked a penalty. Michael Sharpe and Darragh Crowe scored tries for Clanwilliam and Darragh Burke kicked a conversion.

The Crosshaven v Waterpark game was postponed due to an unplayable ground.

Mallow have won promotion from Division 2 of the Munster Junior League as they recorded their 11th victory at Irish Independent Park.

Mallow ran out 35-10 winners and now just need four points from their remaining two games against Charleville and Waterford City to ensure that they will go up as champions.

Michael Lenihan scored two of Mallow’s five tries with Richard Weedle, Conor O’Donovan and Timmy Fitzgerald getting one each. John Lillis replied with a try, conversion and penalty for the visitors who now face a big uphill battle to avoid relegation.

Clonakilty remain on course to take the other promotion spot after their 40-5 win over Ballincollig at Tanner Park. J.D O’Hea and Aaron Hayes each scored two tries for Clon’ and Cathal O’Regan, and Skipper Donal McSweeney also scored tries. Eoghan Deasy kicked five conversions. Eoin Sweeney was Ballincollig’s try scorer.

Kinsale still remain with an outside chance of promotion after their 22-15 home win against Castleisland. Fergus Gimblett, Ieuan Walters and Dan Cronin scored tries and Johnny Sheehan kicked two conversions and a penalty. Brian Leonard and Eric Sweeney replied with tries for Castleisland and Leonard kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Fermoy defeated Old Christians 33-10 at Rathcooney with tries from Peter Skuse, Sean Leahy, Dylan Foley, Eoin Lacey and Aidan Baragry. Dylan Lacey kicked four conversions. Brendan Gallagher and Laszio Rabatin replied with tries for Old Christians.

A late try from Ger Sheehan helped Charleville to a 21-17 away win at Fethard. Sean O’Connor also scored a try and they were also awarded a penalty try. Jesse Smith converted both tries. Gary Kavanagh replied two tries, two conversions and a penalty for the home side.

Cobh Pirates won the east Cork derby defeating Youghal 40-20. Ritchie Desmond scored two tries for Cobh and Noel O’Donovan, Martin Clifford and Mark Chandler also crossed the try line. Chandler kicked two penalties and three conversions. Jack Hickey added a drop goal. Pat O’Shea and Paul Daly replied with tries for Youghal and Keith McCarthy converted both and added two penalties.

Waterford City eased their relegation worries with a 18-13 home win over Muskerry. Aidan Power scored two tries for Waterford and Darren Walsh kicked a conversion, penalty and drop goal. Cathal Dennehy scored Muskerry’s try and Jonathan Buckley converted and added two penalties.

Tralee were crowned Division Three champions as a result of receiving a walk over from Chorca Dhuibhne.

Dungarvan also received a walk over from Bantry Bay but a friendly game was played between the sides which meant that Bantry will not be deducted any points this season or next season under the new rules.

The battle for the play off places have yet to be decided as Dungarvan must travel to Chorca Dhuibhne next week where a win would see them finish as runners up ahead of Mitchelstown.

Mitchelstown finished their campaign with a 14-13 home win over Killarney. Pat Magee scored a try for the winners and Josh Evans kicked three penalties. Peter Kelly scored a try for Killarney and Oisin O’Shea converted and added two penalties.

Ennis moved into the final playoff spot after 26-9 away win at Dunmanway, ahead of Killorglin and these sides will meet next week to decide the final place at the Clare venue. Niall O’Loughlin, Alan O’Shea, Stephen Dolan and Conor Collins scored tries for Ennis and Ronan O’Halloran converted three.

Scariff defeated Douglas-Carrigaline17-15. Cathal Noonan scored two tries for the winners and bill Molloy got one. Jason Monaghan added a conversion. The visitors replied with two tries from Luke Johnson and a penalty and a conversion from Eoin Philpott.

Midleton advanced to the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Plate after their 19-5 away win at Nenagh. Michael Cronin, Darragh O’Keeffe and Gearoid Collins scored tries for Midleton and Rob Williams added two conversions. Ger O’Gorman scored a try for Nenagh Ormond.

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