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Young Munster and Richmond advance in cup

By Aidan Corr
AFTER a thrilling afternoon of junior rugby, Richmond have qualified to play Cork Constitution and Young Munster will take on Bandon in the semi-finals of this season’s Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup. Richmond will have to travel to Temple Hill while Young Munster will be playing at their home venue, Tom Clifford Park. Both games will be decided on Sunday, April 17.
Munster Junior Cup quarter-finals:
Cashel 19, Richmond 26: This thriller went right down to the final minutes but after a heroic effort by the Canal Bank boys, they held on for a victory that puts them into the last four. It is 64 years since Richmond won this trophy; they have won it on four occasions, in 1936, 1943, 1946 and in 1952.
This was always going to be a testing game for the city side and they trailed 12-9 at half time. Cashel got an early try, Richmond responded with a brace of penalties from Briain Bennett to bring it back to 5-6 while a converted try from Cashel and a third Bennett penalty accounted for the first half scores.
Richmond were a revelation in the second half. Shane Halpin got in for a try on 56 minutes, converted by Briain Bennett to put them 16-12 in front. Bennett added a penalty and a second try, this time from Thomas Madden, converted by Bennett, pushed the city side 26-12 in front. Cashel put in a storming finish, a converted try leaving just seven points between the teams but Richmond’s defence held firm to give them a great away victory.
Young Munster 21, Kilfeacle and District 13: Although this game played in Tom Clifford Park lacked fluent, running rugby it was highly competitive. Better at the set-piece and just edging it up front, Young Munster just about deserved the victory but will have to show improvement if they are to reach the final.
Out-half Paul Downes was in good form and his three first half penalties, on 5, 22 and 38 minutes guided ‘Munsters’ into a 9-0 interval lead. Five minutes into the second half, the home pack set up a try chance and Peter Meyer crashed over with Downes converting for a 16-0 lead. Kilfeacle eventually got some decent attacking play into their game and a penalty from Gavin Heuston reduced the lead to 16-3. The same player repeated the feat on 58 minutes to make it 16-6 but Young Munster responded with Mike Madden getting over for his side’s second try to put his side 15 points in front. Kilfeacle never gave up the challenge and they were rewarded with three minutes to go, Cormac Ryan crossing the whitewash for a well-taken try and Gavin Heuston kicking the extra points. It proved to be too late to turn this game into victory for ‘the District’ with Young Munster getting through to a home semi-final against Bandon.
Galbally 8, Cork Constitution 11: Rugby can be a cruel game at times and Galbally came within a whisker of causing a major upset on their own patch against the highly-fancied Cork side. It was 8-8 at full time and with Galbally scoring the first try, a scoreless extra time could have seen them through. In a dramatic finale to a thrilling cup tie, Constitution snatched a late three-pointer to get a home fixture against Richmond in the penultimate round of this competition.
Munster Junior Plate, Newcastle West 13, St Mary’s 12: Both sides fielded short of full-strength but it was the county side that edged through to the semi-final. St Mary’s got the only scores of the first half when they were awarded a penalty try on 39 minutes, converted by Sean Lyons. Sean Herlihy then stepped into the picture as the second half got underway, converting a Newcastle penalty try and kicking two penalties to put his side 13-7 in front. In a dramatic last few minutes Sean Lyons scored a try for the ‘Saints’ but the conversion was missed.
There was some good news for St Mary’s with Waterpark drawing with Old Christians, a result which opens a lifeline for the ‘Saints’ to escape relegation in their final league game.
Today’s results:
Munster Junior Cup Quarter Finals: Cashel 19, Richmond 26;
Clonmel 10, Bandon 23;
Galbally 8, Cork Constitution 11 (AET);
Young Munster 21, Kilfeacle 13;
Munster Junior Plate: Ballincollig 10, Kanturk 6;
Newcastle West 13, St. Mary’s 12;
Munster Junior Bowl Semi Final: Sunday’s Well 5, Fermoy 18;
Munster Junior League Division 1: Muskerry 29, St. Senan’s 33;
Old Christians 10, Waterpark 10;
Gleeson Cup: Clanwilliam 34, Kilfeacle 17;
Donal Walsh Play Offs: Shannon 18, Bruff 17;
U.C.C. 37, Highfield 3;

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