Shannon 22, St Senan’s 19

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Munster Junior Cup Quarter Final

Shannon 22

St. Senan’s 19

By Alan Deegan at Coonagh.

Shannon Scorers: James Ryan, Kelvin Brown and Brian Downey 1 try each; Ronan McKenna 1 pen, 2 cons ;
St Senan’s Scorers: E Mafiat 1 try; D Rowe 4 pens and 1 con.

The Munster Junior Cup is one of the most difficult club rugby competitions to win on this island and Sunday’s match encapsulated all the challenges associated with winning a single game in the historic competition. Shannon won with the last play of the game, but more than one home supporter was heard saying that ‘the better team lost’ as the healthy crowd applauded both sides off the field.

Such is the vagaries of the Munster Junior Cup.

St. Senan’s exploded out of the blocks and scored a superb team try on nine minutes. A brilliant rolling maul from a lineout got them to within a couple of yards of the Shannon line, and after a couple of quick recycles, they spread the ball wide where centre Emile Mafiat took a sumptuous line to score. Declan Rowe kicked an excellent conversion in the cross wind that was blowing a gale.

Ulster Bank League Details

Ulster Bank All Ireland League Division 1a

Lansdowne, Terenure College and Clontarf are heading for the play offs but the last spot won’t be decided until the final day after another weekend of unpredictable results in Division 1a.

Ballynahinch picked up the result of the day in Cork coming from ten points down at half time to secure a bonus point win in Dolphin and move into fourth place. That result relegated Dolphin from the top flight.

CLONTARF 43 CORK CONSTITUTION 28, Castle Avenue
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Matt D’Arcy 2, Collie O’Shea, Max McFarland 2, Anthony Ryan; Con: David Joyce 2; Pens: David Joyce 3
Cork Constitution: Tries: Rob Jermyn, Cathal O’Flaherty 2, Ned Hodson; Con: Tomas Quinlan; Pen: Tomas Quinlan; Drop: Tomas Quinlan

HT: Clontarf 15 Cork Constitution 18

DOLPHIN 28 BALLYNAHINCH 35, Irish Independent Park
Scorers: Dolphin: Tries: Will Hanley, Niall Scannell, Eamonn Mills, John Madigan; Cons: Rory Scannell 4
Ballynahinch: Tries: Ross Adair 2, Rodger McBurney, Jordan Grattan, Adam Craig; Cons: Richard Reaney 2; Pens: Richard Reaney 2

HT: Dolphin 21 Ballynahinch 11

TERENURE COLLEGE 20 LANSDOWNE 29, Lakelands Park
Scorers: Terenure College: Tries: Harrison Brewer 2, Stephen O’Neill; Con: James Thornton; Pen: James Thornton
Lansdowne: Tries: Tom Farrell, Tadhg Beirne, Ian Fitzpatrick; Con: Scott Deasy; Pens: Conor McKeon 4

HT: Terenure College 5 Lansdowne 14

Clonmel and Dundalk Win

Clonmel

Munster champions Clonmel top the pile after round one of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League Round Robin qualifiers but it was Dundalk who made the most significant move on the opening day with a four point victory away to Instonians.

That result in Shaw’s Bridge sets the Leinster champions on a good path heading into their round two home tie with Clonmel in two weeks time on April 11th, at Mill Road. On the same day, Instonians will travel west to face Connemara in Clifden, badly in need of a win to reignite their campaign.

Denis Leamy’s Clonmel side will be in fine spirits too for that meeting in county Louth after a six try home win over Connacht champions Connemara. The Tipperary side led 14-0 at half time and stormed to victory during a dominant second half.

UBL Saturday Guide

14/11/2014 Kanturk's Captain Johnny O'Sullivan attempt to block Highfield's Chris Bannon in UBL Div 2B at Woodleigh Park - Cork, Highfield RFC v Kanturk RFC. Picture: Janusz Trzesicki

Ulster Bank League Division 1a

The penultimate round has a lot riding on it, Lansdowne and Terenure College are play off certainties but everything else is up for grabs.

Clontarf look in line for the fourth spot but might need another win while the race for the final play off place involves six teams.

At the bottom, Dolphin are one defeat away from relegation. The relegation play off place of ninth could go to anyone of about six teams.

Round Robin Qualifiers Preview

Instonians

Ulster Bank All Ireland League Round Robin Qualifiers

The first round of this year’s Ulster Bank All Ireland League Round Robin qualifiers kicks off on Saturday and there’s a bigger challenge than ever for the four provincial league winners vying for promotion to the All Ireland League.

In recent years, topping the table brought automatic promotion while the runner up gained a place in the promotion/relegation play off against the 15th ranked side in Division 2b of the All Ireland League but that has all changed this season.

Only the winner of the Round Robin qualifiers in 2015 stands a chance of promotion but they must first defeat the side ranked 14th Division 2b of the All Ireland league in a play off (played at the home venue of the current All Ireland league club).

Round 1 – Saturday March 28

Instonians v Dundalk, Shaws Bridge, Ref Chris Harrington

Clonmel v Connemara, Clonmel, Ref: Rob Watson

Munster Previews

St Senans

Munster Previews

This weekend sees two quarter final ties of the Munster Junior Cup taking place and also 1 game in both Division 1 and Division 2 taking place.

Munster Junior Cup – Quarter Finals

Shannon v St.Senan’s

This is a mouth-watering local derby, between two sides that will be giving everything to the cause to reach the semi-final and for local bragging rights, and also the the luxury of a home tie against the winners of Kilfeacle and Clonakilty.

Shannon received a walk-over on round 3 from Old Christians. They will go into this game full of confidence, having had a very successful season at this level. They are a side with a very good mix of youth and experience, with plenty of their younger players having represented the province at underage levels in recent years.

They face a St.Senan’s side who will be doing everything in their power to overcome their local neighbours. Were they to win on Sunday, it would be one of the biggest wins in the clubs history. Qualification for a semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup, having defeated their mighty neighbours on their home patch to get there, would mean the world to the men from Shannon Town.

The Saints are high flying a great season back in the top flight of junior rugby, they finished third after a tremendous run of results that has seen them only losing once since Christmas. They beat Kanturk away in round 3, and now have to travel again. They will go to Coonagh with little to fear, but this is sure to be tight. They will look to Warren Kelly, Fernando Gallant and Declan Rowe for their points out wide, with Pa Ryan and Stephen Ryan doing all the rough work up front. This one is tough to call, but we fancy an upset.

Away by 2.

Tullow 26, Enniscorthy 32

Enniscorthy Tullow

Leinster Provincial Towns Cup Quarter Final

Enniscorthy 32
Tullow 26

Tullow Scorers: John Hanbidge, Scott Calbeck and Erin Inglis 1 try each; Willie Canavan 3 pens, 1 con.
Enniscorthy Scorers: Killian Lett 2 tries, Daniel Pim and Tim Morrissey 1 try each, Ivan Poole 3 cons and 2 pens.

Half time: 16-18

On Sunday in Black Gates, Enniscorthy RFC booked a spot in semi finals of the Leinster Provincial Towns Cup with a 32-26 victory over home club Tullow.

After the game Enniscorthy’s Assistant Coach Damien McCabe spoke with KnockOn.ie’s Rob Murphy

The Wexford men led 18-16 at half time after the lead changed hands six times in the first half but scored two converted tries midway through the second half to seal the victory before the home side added two tries in the final quarter.

Skerries Release Statement

Skerries Logo

Skerries RFC have released a statement on their website and facebook page outlining why they came to the decision to concede a walkover to Kilkenny in their Towns Cup quarter-final clash that was due to take place on Sunday in Kilkenny.

The statement points out that the decision to withdraw from the competition was taken, “only after after much consideration, deliberation and consultation.”

The J1 squad from Skerries reached the quarter finals after beating Newbridge in Round two having received a bye in the opening round.

Towns Cup Update

Enniscorthy Tullow

The final four in the Bank Of Ireland Leinster Provincial Towns Cup has been decided after an eventful weekend on and off the field in the province.

Our feature game on Sunday was in Black Gates where Enniscorthy got the better of home side Tullow in a high scoring battle to book a place in the semi finals on Easter Sunday where they will face a Dundalk side who proved too powerful for Portarlington.

The second semi final will see Kilkenny take on Clondalkin in a game taking place in Oak Park county Carlow. Clondalkin overcame the Tullamore challenge on Sunday with a strong display after a tight first quarter while Kilkenny advanced in unusual circumstances after receiving a walkover from Skerries seconds.

Results: Clondalkin 39, Tullamore 13
Dundalk 46, Portarlington 3
Tullow 26, Enniscorthy 32
Kilkenny w/o Skerries

Semi Final Draw (Sunday April 5th)
Dundalk v Enniscorthy, (at Naas RFC)
Kilkenny v Clondalkin (at County Carlow RFC)

Munster Previews

JohnnyBreaks Old Christians

Munster Previews

This weekend brings two games from Munster Junior League Division 1 along with 3 games from Round 3 of the Munster Junior Cup and 4 ties from the Munster Junior Plate.

Munster Junior Cup

Shannon v Old Christians

After a successful season in the seconds league, Shannon are hoping to take that good form into the Junior Cup. Old Christians go into this third round tie in better form having secured their first division status for another season in recent weeks.

The Corkmen will travel with little to fear, and will throw everything at this game, but could find it too difficult in Limerick. They were well defeated last Sunday by Clonmel at home. Shannon will be looking at this season as a huge opportunity to win this competition.

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