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Historic AIL win for gallant Galbally over Gorey

(Pictured, Presentation in action against Crosshaven. Pic courtesy Munster Rugby)
By Aidan Corr
GALBALLY made a bit of club history yesterday when they travelled to Wexford and recorded a surprise victory over Gorey RFC in the opening round of this season’s All-Ireland Junior Cup. There was no joy for city side Richmond. They went down at home to Ulster club Ballyclare who added to their two point interval lead with a 14 point second half haul.
In the Munster Junior League division two, Presentation bounced back from their defeat to St Mary’s last week-end with a deserved win in Crosshaven.
All-Ireland Junior Cup, Gorey 13, Galbally 16: Jack O’Mullane is proving himself to be one of the most consistent place kickers of the current campaign and it was his contribution of a conversion and three penalties that was to prove crucial in this excellent victory for the County Limerick club.
O’Mullane was early on the scoresheet with a penalty that gave his side a confidence boost but Gorey responded with a try, conversion and a penalty to lead 10-3. A Galbally try by Michael Donovan, converted by O’Mullane, levelled the tie and the two sides traded penalties to set up an exciting finish at 13-13. Six minutes before the finish Galbally scored a memorable victory. A Gorey backrow was whistled for not rolling away at a ruck and up stepped Jack O’Mullane to send the ball sailing between the posts to the joy of the travelling contingent.
Richmond 16, Ballyclare 29: This cup tie was evenly poised at half time after Richmond put in a promising first 40 minutes and trailed by just two points, 13-15. Keelan Stephenson scored the home try with Brian Mullins kicking two penalties and a conversion but the visitors had kept their best efforts until the second period.
The Ulster side got more on top as the game progressed and they added 14 points to a lone penalty from Brian Mullins to run out deserved winners. On the scoresheet for Ballyclare were Dave Clarke, John Kinstry and James Geer a try each with Robbie Reid kicking the rest of the points.
Munster Junior League, division one: Crosshaven 12, Presentation 28: The Rathuard boys hit top form in County Cork today, recording an impressive away victory and just failing to add a bonus point to their winning tally. Scorers of the three tries were Conor McMahon, Eoin Lynch and Sean O’Connor with ace kicker Craig Airey landing three penalties and two conversions. Michael Lynch scored an early try for Crosshaven, converted by Ian Smith that put his side 7-3 in front but they had to wait until late in the game for Lynch to score his second try that put a better look on the scoreboard.
Former Thomond player Leonard Slattery continues to make an impression in the Presentation colours and after this game he was awarded the man of the match by Crosshaven RFC.
The game also marked the return of Rathuard favourite Danny Lillis who came on for the last 15 minutes after a long lay-off and gave his usual competent performance.
This victory is a welcome boost for Pres after their defeat last week-end by city rivals St Mary’s.
All-Ireland Junior Cup results: Clonmel 5, DLSP 45, Enniscorthy 74, NUIG 0, Gorey 13, Galbally 16, Instonians 28, Bandon 30, Monivea 6, Clogher Valley 27, Portadown 22, Ballina 11, Richmond 16, Ballyclare 29, Westport 10, Ashbourne.
Munster Seconds League, Garryowen 21, Old Crescent 23. Gleeson League, Richmond 34, Ennis/St Senan’s 26, Scariff 12, Garryowen 37, UL Bohemian 5, Old Crescent 14. Mungret Cup, Villiers 22, St Clement’s 21.

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