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Week-end’s Transfield and McInerney Cup ties: full reports

(Pictured, action from Old Crescent and Shannon today in Rosbrien. Pic: DERMOT LYNCH)
By Aidan Corr
RICHMOND, Shannon, St Mary’s and Newcastle West retained their interest in this season’s Transfield Cup with deserved wins today.
Newcastle West 29, St Senan’s 13: The West were in fine scoring form on their home patch, adding 23 second half points to their 6-3 half time lead. Sean Herlihy kicked a brace of first half penalties for the County Limerick side and second half tries from Cian Mulcahy and Cian Hinchy as well as two conversions, two penalties and a drop goal from Sean Herlihy, sealed the victory.
Old Crescent 22, Shannon 41: Plenty of scores in this game in Rosbrien as Shannon rolled along to the latter stages of this competition with an emphatic victory. Ethan Moloney was in fine form for the winners with a hat-trick of tries while Colm Heffernan, Jerry McCabe, Keith Kavanagh and Marcus McMenamey also touched down. Given the kicking duties, Richie Mullane added three conversions and a penalty to the tally.
Old Crescent’s scores came from Pieter Homan and Seagan Gleeson, tries, with Jack Broderick adding further points from the kicking tee.
Thomond 7, Richmond 36: Richmond are showing good form in early season and they ran in six tries in this big win in Liam Fitzgerald Park. Thomond’s young side tried valiantly to stem the tide. They trailed 22-7 at half time and despite their best efforts, the visitors added a further 14 second half points.
Richmond’s scores came from tries by Jack O’Hanlon, Shane Halpin, Stephen Collins, Darragh Oxley, Jeffrey McNamara and Tadhg Bennett. Three conversions were shared by Tadhg Bennett, Jeff McNamara and Brian Mullins.
Young Munster 11, St Mary’s 22: This was a good result in Tom Clifford Park for the Grove Island boys and will give them confidence for their opening game of the Munster Junior League, away to Ballincollig. Both sides are struggling to find sufficient cover for their front-row at this level and this game ended with uncontested scrums. Diarmuid Dee scored a try for Young Munster with Jason Kiely kicking two penalties. For St Mary’s, Matt Hickey scored a brace of tries and Paul O’Loughlin kicked four penalties.
There were three games down for decision on Saturday afternoon in the McInerney Cup. Richmond travelled to Scariff and advanced to the semi-final thanks to a well-deserved 12-28 victory over the home side. They will now meet Shannon in the semi-final in Coonagh next Saturday. Scorers for Richmond were Sami Farag two tries and a try each from Dean O’Neill and Cian McNamara. Brian O’Neill kicked a conversion and two penalties.
St Mary’s put up a good show against Shannon and trailed 13-7 for most of the second half. Shannon put the result beyond the Saints late in the game with an uncoverted try. Anthony Morgan scored a try for St Mary’s, converted by Ger McInerney while Shannon’s scores came from tries by Ronan Hunt and EoinMcCabe with Ronan Hunt also adding a conversion and two penalties.
St Senan’s also advanced with a 22-5 win over Newcastle West/Abbeyfeale.

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