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Disappointing Shannon crash out of the Munster Junior Cup

(Happier days for Shannon: Junior Cup champions in 2015)
By Aidan Corr
Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup:
Shannon 5, Kilfeacle and District 34
SHANNON crashed out of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup on their home patch at Coonagh today. This was always going to be a close encounter but the margin of defeat highlights the difference the sides.
Winners of the cup in 2015, the Parish side must have considered their home venue an advantage and they got a great start. Paul Curtiss made a good break which was carried on by Mike O’Gorman and Gervin ‘Vinny’Rossown got over for a try that was not converted.
Kilfeacle soon got into their stride and they levelled the tie at 5-5. An attempted clearance was blocked down, opening up a clear path to the try line after Shannon had failed to add to their early score from a penalty. The District added a converted try and a penalty before the break and at the short whistle it was clear that Shannon had an uphill battle.
With their superior pack gaining 20 and 30 metres at times, Kilfeacle used their advantage to score three further tries in a one-sided second half, the last one an opportunist intercept. Scorers for Kilfeacle were, tries by Jamie Heuston, Darren Lowry, Oisin O’Meara, Pat McNamara and James Ryan with Shane Looby kicking three conversions and a penalty.
Understandably, Shannon were disappointed with their performance but pointed out that “with the club fielding four adult teams (AIL, Gleeson League, u19 and Junior Cup) this week-end, there were a few tired bodies out there today.” Kilfeacle now go forward to meet Newcastle West in the quarter final.
MJL division two: Crosshaven 61, Killarney 24. This result put paid to any hopes that St Mary’s may have had of being crowned champions of this league division. Already relegated, Killarney were up against the second placed Cork side and the bonus point win saw them leap-frog the ‘Saints’ and take the silverware.
“We are happy enough with the runners-up place,” St Mary’s Christy McNamara told us, “and the lads gave it their best shot. We missed out on a few possible winning bonus points during the season and with seven away games and five at home, it was always going to be difficult for us. Thankfully, we got promotion to division one so we will be build from here for the new season.”
In other games Garryowen beat Shannon 17-10 in the Webb Cup with tries from Conor Downes and Conor Mulqueen and two conversions and a penalty by Kevin McEvoy while we have no information on the final of the Munster Junior Bowl final between Bantry Bay and Bruff which was to be played in Cobh.
The Webb Cup game between Old Crescent and St Mary’s has been fixed for next Saturday but there is a request to play that on the Friday night in view of the expected celebrations in Rosbrien when they are presented with the AIL2B trophy.

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