Connacht Review


Connacht Division 1a

Westport 8
Ballinasloe 11

Westport Scorers: Kevin Corcoran 1 try; Sean Tobin 1 pen
Ballinasloe Scorers: Conal Gormley 1 try; Keelan O’Neill 2 pens

The inconsistency continues for the Bulls it seems after Sunday’s surprise home loss to Ballinasloe. A ponderous and error strewn first half proved costly as the ever menacing and constantly improving visitors delivered eleven unanswered points including a well taken early try from Conal Gormley. The margin at half time might have been more pronounced had the east Galway outfit converted a late first half intercept into a second try.

During the second half, Westport had spells where they replicated the performance that saw them draw 24-24 all with joint league leaders Connemara last time out and that played a part in Kevin Corcoran’s try but they failed to overhaul the deficit losing to Noel Mannion’s Ballinasloe for the second time this season.

Clogher Valley 43 Connemara 10

Action from Clogher Valley's 43-10 victory over Connemara in the All Ireland Junior Cup Quarter final on Nov 22. Pic: Sandra Armstrong Photographgy

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup - Quarter Final

Clogher Valley 43
Connemara 10

Clogher Valley scorers: Ryan Wilson 2 tries; Alastair Trenier, Andrew Breen and Paul Armstrong 1 try each; 1 penalty try; Philip Holme 1 pen, 5 cons.
Connemara scorers: Jack Vaughan 1 try; Shane Sweeney 1 con, 1 pen.

The Valley are not for budging this season, it seems.

They’ve lost a few this year and it has been a little more disjointed than in year’s past. Ballymena 2nds, Portadown and Bangor have all had success against the reigning qualifying league champions and last year’s runners up in this competition but it would be foolish to start spreading rumours of some sort of demise, as the exaggeration would be hard to disguise.

Power, commitment, poise and conviction saw the men from the club based just a couple of Philip Holme kicks outside Fivemiletown, overwhelm the Connacht league leaders on Saturday.

They had their semi final place pretty much in the bag by halftime thanks to their indomitable pack. They are probably a little sensitive to the loosely bandied about idea that they are merely a ten man team in these parts and why wouldn’t they be with a sharp back three of Paul Armstrong. Andy Breen and Jack Stott that won’t be found lacking for pace or creativity in any game.

AUDIO: Clogher Valley Flanker David Sharkey

Action from Clogher Valley’s 43-10 victory over Connemara in the All Ireland Junior Cup Quarter final on Nov 22. Pic: Sandra Armstrong Photographgy

Leinster Results


Leinster Results

We’ll have a full round up including team news and scorers sent in to later on Monday.

Division 1b

The top four all won at the weekend as the race for the title intensifies at the half way point in the season.

Caption: Action from Kilkenny’s win in Longford. Pic: With Thanks to so Killkenny

Gorey 34, Carlow 13
Longford 10, Kilkenny 15
Newbridge 8, Tullow 26
Wicklow 22, Malahide 24

Newcastle West 10, Dundalk 24

Newcastle West Dundalk

Newcastle West 10
Dundalk 24

Newcastle West: James Kelly 1 try, Herlihy 1 con.
Dundalk Scorers: Stephen Murphy 1 try, TC Campbell 1 try, Ultan Murphy 4 pens, 2 cons

By Alan Deegan at Cullinagh Grounds

There was a frisson of excitement in anticipation of this all Ireland quarter final match as both sides were welcomed onto the field through a tunnel of supporters at a sunkissed but chilly Cullinagh Grounds in Newcastle West.

The home club had set the tone for the day with top class hospitality that created a great, family friendly atmosphere and also included the game being broadcast live on local radio.

AUDIO Ene Fa’Atau Dundalk player coach.

UBL Results Round Up

Galwegians Belfast Harlequins

Ulster Bank League Division 1a

Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Michael Brown, Matt D’Arcy, Rob McGrath; Con: David Joyce 3; Pens: David Joyce 2
Ballynahinch: Try: Jonny Murphy; Con: Chris Quinn; Pens: Chris Quinn 3
HT: Clontarf 24 Ballynahinch 10

Scorers: Terenure College: Tries: Stephen O’Neill 2, Kevin Buckley, James O’Donoghue 2; Cons: James Thornton 3; Pen: James Thornton
Old Belvedere: Tries: Charlie Rock, Aaron Sheehan, Daniel Riordan, David Mongan; Cons: Josh Glynn, Shane McDonald; Pen: Josh Glynn
HT: Terenure College 19 Old Belvedere 15

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 14-10 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.

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