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Richmond retain the Transfield Cup in style

(Pictured, Richmond prepare for action in Thomond Park)
By Aidan Corr
RICHMOND retained the Transfield Cup with exciting victory over Shannon on the back pitch of Thomond Park today. Richmond started well and a Brian Mullins penalty had them three nil in front after just two minutes. The lead did not last long, Shannon charging down an attempted clearance inside the Richmond 22 which led to the first try of the game and a 5-3 lead for the Parish side. A series of errors from both sides resulted in Richmond going back into the lead, Mullins again accurate from the kicking tee on 16 minutes to put his side 6-5 in front. A long distance drop goal from the boot of Tadhg Bennett saw Richmond extend their lead to 9-5 at half time.
The second half was equally competitive, Shannon having the better of the territorial battle in the opening stages but it was Richmond who got the crucial next score, Gearoid Phelan crashing over the line for a try and Brian Mullins adding the extra two points with the conversion as his side went into a 16-5 lead.
Richmond then missed a kickable penalty chance but another successful penalty from Mullins, this time from almost in front of the posts, threatened to put the destination of this trophy out of reach of Shannon with the score now at 19-5.
Richmond’s third try arrived in the final quarter, Sean Bennett this time getting over the whitewash and Tadhg Bennett kicking the conversion and while Shannon responded with two converted tries, the Canal Bank boys ran out worthy winners of this trophy for the second year in succession.
Next up for Richmond is a meeting with Garryowen in the Webb Cup at the Canal Bank.
Webb Cup: Shannon 19, St Mary’s-Thomond 17
Shannon advanced to the semi-final of the Webb Cup on Saturday with this narrow victory over a very determined St Mary’s/Thomond side. They will now meet Old Crescent in the last four.
Scorers for Shannon were Billy Supple, Dara O’Doherty and Mark Leonard a try each while Dara O’Doherty also kicked two conversions.

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