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Junior Cup win ensures a good week-end for Young Munster

IT has been a good week-end for Young Munster with their seniors winning away to Clontarf on Saturday and their junior side advancing in the Junior Cup yesterday.
Despite the inclement conditions, almost all of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup games were played on Sunday with no significant upsets. Through to the next round are Shannon, Richmond (pictured), Young Munster, Garryowen and Newcastle West. Here are the details.
Shannon 36, Old Crescent 26: Crescent put up a good resistance against their more favoured opponents in this derby game but it was the Parish side that proved strongest over the full 80 minutes. Scorers for Shannon were Marcus McMenamie two tries and one each by Kieran Dunne, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Jerry McCabe and Colm Heffernan. Richie Mullane was accurate from three of the conversion attempts.
Garryowen 22, St Mary’s 6: The Saints are not going to mark the 50th anniversary of their only junior cup success in 1968 this season but they showed great passion and determination against the light blues. It was 3-3 early in the second half with the St Mary’s pack finding great success at scrum time. Their lineout was not as successful as they lacked a jumper option and that was a crucial feature of this game. Paul Loughran kicked the two penalties for St Mary’s, who turned down another chance of three points with 20 minutes remaining, after making an unsuccessful decision to go for the seven pointer. Garryowen scored a brace of tries within a few minutes of the half time whistle, turning a 3-3 margin to 17-3 and they added another try in the second period.
Abbeyfeale 13, Bandon 18: The Cork side are going well in division one of the league and they advanced after an exciting game at the Limerick venue. Liam O’Connor scored a first half try for Abbeyfeale with Tom Hassett kicking the conversion as well as two penalties. This was a good performance by Abbeyfeale and they face another big game next week-end when they entertain Clonmel in the league.
Clanwilliam 12, Richmond 36: The Limerick side had most of the hard work completed at half time in this cup game and led comfortably by 29-0. Ricmond’s good form of recent weeks has not gone unnoticed and they advance to a home game in the next round against Waterpark on February 18th.
Tadhg Bennett is back to his best form and he contributed 11 points made up of four conversions and a penalty while the fives tries were credited to Keelan Stephenson, Eoin Hanley, Jeffrey McNamara, Ryan Meagher and long-serving hooker Pat Humphreys.
Newcastle West 38, UL Bohemian 5: Dave Foley was in blistering form for Newcastle West and he scored a hat-trick of tries in this big win over UL Bohs. The West led 17-0 at the break thanks to Foley’s first touchdown, a penalty try and a conversion and penalty by Sean Herlihy. Newcastle kept up the pressure in the second half and while Conor Gilmore got in for a try for UL Bohemian, the home side finished the job with two tries from Dave Foley and a try by Sean Murphy. Sean Herlihy added two conversions with one other conversion kicked by Tommy Kelliher. Newcastle West are in flying form at present and they could yet advance further in this competition.
Youghal 10, Young Munster 23: The Cork side put up decent resistance in this game at the County Cork venue but Young Munster held on for a comfortable win that puts them in the next round of this competition. With the senior side winning in Clontarf the previous day, it became a good week-end for Young Munster with this victory. Their scorers were, tries by Mark O’Mara, Luke Fitzgerald and Joe O’Connor with Adam Guerin kicking two penalties and a conversion.
The Galbally v Killarney game did not take place.

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