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Thrilling cup games with Limerick clubs in action

THE Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup was top of the fixture list today. Young Munster had a big win over Clonmel, 67-5, which highlighted the difference between the sides. The winning score sheet was shared by tries from Jack Harrington, Peter Hickey, Stephen Lyons, Dan Walsh and Conor Bartley with Cian Casey and Evan Cusack adding the conversions.
Shannon lost to Highfield by 13-17 while in the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Plate Midleton got the better of Old Crescent in Towns Park on a 26-19 scoreline. The Limerick side trailed 7-14 at the break, their try coming from Dan Feasey and converted by Aaron Cosgrave. A Cathal Monaghan try reduced the deficit to two points at 14-12 as the second half got underway but Midleton responded immediately with a converted try to make the score 21-12. Cathal Monaghan scored a second try on 64 minutes and the conversion saw Old Crescent trail by only two points, 21-19 but Midleton sealed the victory with an unconverted try ten minutes from time.
In the North Munster McInerney Cup, Ardscoil Old Boys put up a good show against a fancied Thomond side, losing 22-32 after a very enjoyable game. In the same competition Newcastle West RFC’s second fifteen put up a terrific show against Presentation, losing by 14-17. It was the first time in six seasons that the ‘West’ could field their second team for this competition. After an exciting opening half, Presentation led 12-7, Chris O’Riordan dotting down for the Newcastle try, converted by Andrew Mortell. The second half saw both sides up the tempo and Newcastle went ahead when Jack Grimes got in for his side’s second try, which was converted by Andrew Mortell to put his side 14-12 to the good. The city side fought back and in dramatic fashion they got in for what proved to be the winning score late in the game.
Match of the day was at the Canal Bank venue. The meeting of Richmond and Garrowen in the McInerney Cup went to extra time with the visitors snatching a late five pointer to break the hearts of the home supporters. This game ebbed and flowed like the nearby tide and right on the stroke of the 80 minutes Richmond’s Brian O’Neill levelled the tie at 27-27 with a penalty kick. Extra time had the big attendance on their toes but it was the light blues who scored a converted try under the posts for a 27-34 result that put Garryowen into the next round.

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