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Shannon, Garryowen advance in Charity Cup

(Pictured, no cup joy for Young Munster and Bohs)

Limerick Charity Cup, Richmond Park, Richmond 14, Shannon 27:
DIVISION 2B side Richmond went close to causing a major upset today when they came within a converted try of taking the lead with ten minutes of this entertaining cup tie remaining.
Shannon looked to be coasting at 20-0 well into the second half (tries from Tadhg Bennett and David O’Donovan, one converted by Bennett) when a Richmond maul motored 20 metres over the line with captain Alex Simpson getting the ball grounded and Stephen Clancy kicking the conversion. Five minutes later it was 20-14, Mike Kelliher getting over near the other corner and Brian Mullins kicking a mighty two pointer to leave just six points between the sides.
Shannon, to their credit, regrouped despite being down to 13 men in the closing stages and a David O’Donovan try, converted by Bennett added to a fine individual effort from former St Mary’s number eight Brian Downey closed out the game for the Parish side.
Scorers, Richmond, tries Alex Simpson and Mike Kelliher; Brian Mullins and Stephen Clancy a conversion each. Shannon, tries Tadhg Bennett, David O’Donovan 2, Brian Downey; two conversions and a penalty Tadhg Bennett.
Richmond: Jeffrey McNamara; Stephen Murphy, Emmett Harty, Alan Neilan, Keelan Stephenson; Brian Mullins, Tommy Meehan; Alex Simpson, Andrew Gardiner, Pat McNamara; Domitri Zarinouvs, James Hayes; Stephen Collins, Dean O’Halloran, Sean Bennett. Replacements, Thomas Ahern, Ger Barry, Jonathan Tully, Ben Drew, Thomas O’Brien, Stephan Clancy, Mike Kelliher.
Shannon: Conor Kinnane; Mark Leonard, Shane Mullally, Cormac O’Donnell, David O’Donovan; Tadhg Bennett, Geoff Ryan; Niall Horan, Simon Malone, Aran O’Brien; Rory O’Donnell, Patrick Kerins; Hugh Kelliher, Lee Nicholas, Brian Downey. Replacements, Jason Cronin, Craig McCallum, Liam Cronin, James Ryan, David Evans, Rob Deegan.
Referee, Tommy O’Donoghue, MAR.

Bruff 19, Garryowen 24: The light blues advance but they were run close today in Kilballyowen. The winners led 15-9 at the break (tries Andrew O’Byrne and James Frawley, pen and con Jamie Gavin while Declan Bannon kicked three penalties for Bruff).

Bannon and Gavin shared penalties as the second half got underway and a Bannon try and conversion put the home side into the lead at 19-18. Garryowen finished strongly with Jamie Gavin kicking a penalty and Fionn McGibney adding another three points before the end.

In the other Charity Cup games, Thomond shocked UL Bohemian, winning 40-29 and Old Crescent advance thanks to a 24-18 victory over Nenagh.

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