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Garryowen Limerick’s only winners today in cup ties

(Action from the St Mary’s v Thomond game in Grove Island last night)

GARRYOWEN were the only Limerick winners of today’s fixtures. They advanced in the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup with a 44 to 7 victory over Midleton in Dooradoyle, but there was no joy for Bruff who were beaten 5-68 by Highfield in Kilballyowen.
Newcastle West also crashed out with Cashel proving too strong in the second half. The ‘West’ put up a good show in the opening half and they trailed by just two points, 19-17, at the break. Cashel dominated the second half, running in four unanswered tries to advance to the next round of the competition. Shane Airey played his part with a try, two conversions and a penalty while Sean Murphy scored his side’s only try. The UL Bohemian v Young Munster game did not take place, the Greenfields side getting a walk-over.
There were two games down for decision in Limerick last night. In the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup Old Crescent went down to Nenagh Ormond while in the Transfield Cup, Thomond overcame the St Mary’s challenge in Grove Island.
In Takumi Park, Nenagh got off to a cracking start and they led 10-0 after 19 minutes. Old Crescent replied with a converted try by Ronan McKenna and the same player levelled it at the break with a well-struck penalty on 36 minutes. After 53 minutes Nenagh scored a try which put them 10-15 in front and it was 22-10 on 62 minutes as the Tipperary side got in for another touchdown.
St Mary’s had the better of the early exchanges on their home patch and they should have opened the scoring on 12 minutes when they lost the ball a metre from the try line. The home side then missed a penalty and on their first incursion into opposition territory Thomond opening the scoring when Ryan Ahern touched down for the first score of the game which was converted by Eoghan Sherlock.
With both teams down to 14, the closing stages were exciting but despite their best efforts St Mary’s just could not penetrate the Thomond defence. Near the end the Royal Blues sealed the victory when Dean O’Brien got in for a try left the home side regretting missed chances.

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