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Kilfeacle qualify to meet Richmond in the Junior Cup semi-final

By Aidan Corr
OUTPLAYED up front for much of the game, Newcastle West fell at the quarter final hurdle of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup today. Winners Kilfeacle and District will now fancy their chances of reaching the final against Cork Constitution when they run out in Richmond Park next Sunday (kick-off 1pm) in the semi-final.
In the Transfield Cup today, Richmond got the perfect work-out, putting up 71 points in their meeting with a weakened Shannon. The Canal Bank side will now meet Newcastle West in the final. The Webb Cup fixture between Old Crescent and St Mary’s did not take place despite the stringent efforts of the ‘Saints’ to play the game on Friday or Saturday. It is now provisionally re-fixed for Rosbrien next Saturday with a 2.30pm kick-off.
Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup, quarter final:
Kilfeacle and District 27, Newcastle West 7
THE County Limerick disappointed in this cup quarter final today at the Tipperary venue and it is Kilfeacle who will take on Richmond next week-end in the semi-final. The home side got a grip on the game early but Newcastle West were still in with a shout at the break despite trailing 8-0. The second half told a different story with Kilfeacle 20 points to the good before Sean Herlihy got in for a Newcastle try and he also added the conversion.
Just as they did against Shannon the previous week, Kilfeacle used their power at the maul, putting 13 players into the drive once it was set up, and that produced two crucial tries. Number eight Kevin Kinnane had an outstanding game for Kilfeacle, the former Garryowen under 20 player running 60 metres for a touchdown after taking a clean catch at a lineout and also on the winners’ scoring list were Jack McLoughlin, James Hogan and Stephen Quirke. James Heuston took the kicking duties landing two conversions and a penalty.
Richmond will, no doubt, take heed of this 13-man maul ploy for next week-end.
Transfield Cup:
Richmond 71, Shannon 3
MAYBE the celebrations the previous day when their senior team clinched the AIL 1B title was a factor but Shannon fielded well below strength for this game. Richmond dominated throughout and they qualified with ease to meet Newcastle West in the decider of this historic junior trophy.
The busy scoreboard operator inform us that the Richmond scores came from tries by Keelan Stephenson, two from Kieran Bennett and two from Gareth O’Hanlon and one each from Stephen Collins, Jack O’Hanlon, Brian Mullins, Corey Wells and Tadhg Bennett. From the kicking tee Brian Mullins kicked five conversions and there was one conversion each from Jack O’Hanlon, Corey Wells and Sean Considine. Shannon’s only replay came from a Luke Moylan drop goal.

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