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Newcastle West advance, Shannon, Abbeyfeale, Richmond out of Munster Junior Cup

By Aidan Corr
THE second round of the Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup took place today with four local clubs in action but only one from the quartet march on to the next round. Biggest shock of the day was the emphatic win for Highfield over Shannon, the Cork side winning 56-0. Richmond put up a good show against a fancied Cashel in Richmond Park and they were justifiably disappointed when they lost in extra time.
The meeting of Abbeyfeale (pictured) and Newcastle West lived up to expectations with Declan Edwards’ charges running out winners after an epic battle.
Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup, 2nd round:
Abbeyfeale 15, Newcastle West 22: Conor Prendiville reports: ‘Rivals on the field we may be, but very much friends of it we shall remain’, sums up another hard-fought thriller between these two clubs. The conditions may have been testing for the players but the quality of the rugby from both sides ensured a highly entertaining cup tie.
A try for Abbeyfeale in the opening half from Kieran McCarthy saw them trail 5-10 at the break, Newcastle West registering a Damien Kelly try and a conversion and penalty from the boot of Sean Herlihy. The second half was also tight with Liam O’Connor scoring Abbeyfeale’s second try and Stevie Daly chipping in with a conversion and a penalty. Newcastle West edged it with tries from Gerald Griffin and Sean Muphy with the reliable Sean Herlihy kicking one of the conversions. Newcastle West will meet Cork Constitution in the next round.
Richmond 11, Cashel 13: It took two periods of extra time today in Richmond Park to separate these two sides after the teams were level at 6-6 after 80 minutes. Two penalties saw Cashel lead 6-0 at half time but with the wind at their backs in the second half, Richmond fought back to level it with a brace of kicks by Brian Mullins. A converted try for Cashel in extra time appeared to have settled the result but Richmond battled back with a try which they failed to convert.
The game had a dramatic finish, Richmond missing a penalty that could have given them victory.
Highfield 56, Shannon 0: An emphatic win for the leaders of AIL 2A. Shannon were down a number of first choicers for this game due to injuries and college commitments but they were gracious in defeat. “Highfield were really up for this game and we have no excuses,” said a spokesperson.

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