All Ireland Junior Wrap

Action from Coolmine 10, CIYMS 18 in All Ireland Junior cup. Pic: Voicu Duma

The north east of Ireland has a strong stranglehold on this year’s All Ireland Junior Cup, with Ulster clubs very much excelling after Sunday’s quarter final action

Bangor, CIYMS, Clogher Valley and Dundalk are into the last four with all bar last year’s runners up Clogher Valley making their first ever appearance at that stage.

The closest game came in Bangor where the home club came form behind at half time to win a thriller 14-7 against reigning champions Enniscorthy.

UBL Team News

Ulster Bank Ball

Ulster Bank League Division 1A (Saturday 2:30 unless stated)
Castle Avenue:  Clontarf               v              Ballynahinch

Clontarf: 1. Ian Hirst, 2. Cian Culleton, 3. Royce Burke-Flynn, 4. Tom Byrne, 5. Conor O’Keeffe, 6. Karl Moran, 7. Adrian D’Arcy, 8. Tony Ryan, 9. Sam Cronin (Capt), 10. David Joyce, 11. Dan Hanratty, 12. Matt D’arcy, 13. Michael Brown, 14. Rob McGrath, 15. Ariel Robles SUBS: 16. Brian Keelan, 17. Ivan Soroka, 18. Liam Og Murphy, 19. Peter du Toit , 20. Rob Keogh,

Ballynahinch: 1 Kyle McCall , 2. Jonny Murphy, 3. Jonny Simpson, 4. John Donnan, 5. James Simpson, 6. Jonny Madden, 7. Paul Pritchard, 8. Michael Graham, 9. Aaron Cairns. 10. Harry Mc Aleese (Capt.), 11. Ross Adair 12. Robin Harte, 13. Richard Reaney, 14. Chris Quinn, 15. Stephen McCauley  SUBS: 16.Steve Honey, 17. James McBriar, 18. Conor Piper, 19. Stuart Orr, 20. David Mc Guigan

UBL Weekend Guide

28th September 2013; Finlay Bealham, Corinthians, is tackled by James Sullivan (left) and Darragh Crosbie, Dublin University. Ulster Bank League Division 1B, Dublin University v Corinthians, Sydney Parade, Dublin. Picture credit: Tommy Grealy /

UBL Division 1a

Life after the winning streak begins for Terenure on Saturday at Lakelands where Old Belvedere make the short trek in good spirits after their impressive win over UCD last week. The Anglsea Road side are very much well in the top four hunt for the moment.

We’ve gone for home wins in all five games with Cork Con and Belvo likely to be close but we just can’t see them winning. Dolphin are getting closer and closer to their first win, they’ve had three draws and this weekend could be their chance against a St Mary’s side just three points above them.

Junior Cup Verdicts

The vital second try for Eoin Bourke as St Mary's stand frustrated.

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup – Quarter Finals

Newcastle West v Dundalk (Note earlier kick off of 2pm)

Scene Set

Two side’s place high in our Top 20 provincial league clubs for November clash as third ranked Newcastle West host second ranked Dundalk in a fascinating match up. The Limerick club are playing only their second ever All Ireland Cup game having overwhelmed OLBC in round one.

The hosts lost for the first time this season last weekend in the Munster Junior Challenge Cup as Cobh Pirates caught them off guard with a fine display. Dundalk come into the game unbeaten and off the back of a particularly impressive win over Coolmine last week. This is one of our two feature games on twitter on Saturday.

Connacht Previews

Monivea Ballina

Connacht Junior League Division 1a (Sunday 2:30)

Ballina v Monivea

A fascinating game on the cards in Heffernan Park as Ballina look to get themselves out of trouble towards the bottom end of the league and the visitors Monivea aim to stay firmly in the title race.

This is a huge test of Monivea’s title credentials. Cory Brown’s side are a work in prorgess in one sense but there has been a rebuild job under way for more than one season and last year they played some high tempo entertaining rugby with plenty of success too.

Leinster Previews

Gorey and Tullow from Gorey RFC website

Leinster Division 1b

Just a single point separates the top four teams in the second tier of the Leinster league as we reach the half way mark this weekend.

A first loss for Gorey opened the door for Tullow to join them on 22 points, both sides have five wins from six while one point back are Malahide and Kilkenny who have four wins from six but have had a better time picking up bonus points.

Fixtures (all Sunday 2:30)

Gorey v Co Carlow

Not a bad game for the Wexford side to have after a first loss in Malahide. Carlow will be a test and a menace but the black and amber are yet to win they are and coming off a gut wrenching one score loss with fellow relegation threatened side, Newbridge. That all points to a home win, maybe without a bonus.

Home by 11

PODCAST: Junior Cup Preview

Clogher Valley Clondalkin

It’s a podcast special on as we preview the quarter finals of the Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup taking place on Saturday.

Host Rob Murphy is joined by Monkstown FC coach Dave Mahon to look ahead to the weekend’s action.

There are games in three provinces with Bangor hosting reigning champions Enniscorthy, last year’s runners up Clogher Valley host Connemara, Limerick side Newcastle West entertain Leinster League leaders Dundalk and Coolmine take on CIYMS. We preview all four games.

UBL: Thomond 16, Skerries 13

Skerries Thomond

Ulster Bank All Ireland League Division 2a
Thomond 16
Skerries 13

Thomond Scorers: Brendan Guilfoyle 1 try; Dean O’Brien 3 pens, 1 con.
Skerries Scorers: Derek Keane 1 try; Conal Keane 1 con, 2 pens.

Those who made it to Liam Fitzgerald Park on Saturday were treated to a heavyweight tussle between two of the Ulster Bank League’s form side.

The game hummed along for 80 minutes with Thomond holding a three point lead for most of it before one sweeping Skerries move from a lineout set the contest alight and sparked off an action packed five minutes of rugby laced with drama and tension.

AUDIO: Thomon Player Coach Brendan Guilfoyle.

Leinster 1a Round Up

Schutz clears the ruck

Leinster Division 1a

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Ashbourne 3, Enniscorthy 6

Ashbourne: Donal Crotty 1pen
Enniscorthy: Ivan Poole 2 pens

A Donal Crotty first half penalty put Ashbourne in front but it was three all by half time and Ivan Poole’s second effort after the break was enough to win a low scoring dual. Enniscorthy finished stronger and delivered a key away win to keep their title ambitions on track.

Ashbourne Team: TBCConor McNally, Mitchel O’Meara, Sean Kent, Adam Hughes, Pietro Rigutti, Donal Crotty, Zbynek Schutz, Rory Gleeson, James McCaghy, Alan Wall, Darragh Curran, Ciaran Roche, Cathal O’Connor, Mark Rooney, Simon Deevy, Subs: Jeff Mahon, Shane Eoin Kennedy, Jan Tieber, Jake Wall, Casey Dunne

Enniscorthy Team: TBC

UBL: Highfield 24, Kanturk 3

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 2b

Highfield 24Kanturk 3

Highfield Scorers: Peter Martin, David Kelly, Dave O’Hea and Paul Stack 1 try each; Paddy O’Toole and Tim Clifford 1 con each. Kanturk Scorer: Paul O’Keefe 1 pen.
H/t: 12-0

The four try to zip victory has a very familiar structure to it in the modern rugby world. It is often a sign of a very specific type of game. An arm wrestle where one team has a consistent edge in each department; scrums, lineouts and breakdown but only an edge, they are in no ways comfortable at any stage.

That was Friday at Woodleigh Park.

A first ever floodlit Ulster Bank All Ireland League fixture at the Cork city venue in front of their biggest crowd of the season so far. The league leaders came in as favourites and secured five points by the final blast of the referees whistle but in between, they had a job of work.

Caption: 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

We’ll have a full report in due course but here’s some audio and further details.

AUDIO: Kanturk RFC captain Peter Martin

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