PODCAST: Kilkenny RFC

Kilkenny Podcast

Our Towns Cup special comes from Foulkestown, home of Kilkenny RFC who are in their first final since 2002 this weekend as they take on Ashbourne in Tullow this coming Sunday.

KnockOn.ie’s Rob Murphy sat down with Kilkenny head coach Steve Ashmore, captain Joe Manuel and No.8 David O’Connor just days before the club’s big day.

The trio discuss the remarkable turnaround in their season and point to a January team meeting after a narrow loss in Monkstown as a turning point, they also talk about links to the last final and the ever expanded rugby club in the south east city.

Cawley Cup Final

Westport

Battling away performances were the order of the day in the Cawley Cup semi finals on Sunday as Westport and Connemara booked their places in the final which is scheduled for Easter Sunday at 2:30pm in Crowley Park, home of Galwegians RFC.

(Incidentally, the two clubs made a joint request to have the game moved to 4pm on Saturday but the request was refused by the branch leaving it on Easter Sunday.)

It took a late try in Moher Road for Westport to pip Ballinasloe and reach a second major final of the season. The 24-23 win sends the Bulls back to the final of this competition after a heavy defeat at the hands of Ballina last year’s decider.

Meanwhile, Connemara are competing in the competition – reserved solely for Junior Clubs – for the very first time this season and followed up their one point win at Monivea last week with a slightly more comprehensive 21-12 triumph at Ballina.

Kanturk One Step Closer

Kanturk RFC vs Clogher Valley-9970

UBL Round Robin Qualifiers
Kanturk 18
Clogher Valley 7

Kanturk Scorers: Buckley 1 try; Healy 2 tries, 1 pen.
Clogher Valley Scorers: Best 1 try; Armstrong 1 con.

Kanturk moved to within one win of All Ireland League rugby at the weekend thanks in the main to a blistering first half display at home to Clogher Valley.

Three tries were enough to secure a deserved win but the 18-7 scoreline flattered the Cork side by full time leaving them with plenty to ponder ahead of next weekend’s play off at Instonians.

That atmosphere at Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast City next Saturday afternoon will be a unique one, the proud home club of Instonians will be defending their senior status against a Kanturk side that are now driven to achieve their goal of reaching Division 2b of the All Ireland League.

PODCAST: Ashbourne RFC

Ashbourne Longford

The first of our Towns Cup Final podcasts features Ashbourne RFC.

Host Rob Murphy is joined by player and coach Jeff Mahon, captain Rory Gleeson and back row man Mark Rooney to look ahead to this Sunday’s Provincial Towns Cup final against Kilkenny at Black Gates, home of Tullow RFC.

Jeff played on the last Ashbourne side to reach this stage in 1999 in a defeat to Mullinger. The current team are looking for their first ever title.

The lads discuss their memories of that game, be it on the sidelines as young supporters or on the pitch, the incredible run of form this season that has seen them remain unbeaten in league and cup and the relief at having got out of Division 1b just at the right time.

Skerries Promoted

Skerries

UBL Division 2b

Sligo 13
Skerries 50

Sligo Scorers: Eoin Matthews 1 try, David Heath 1 con, 2 pens.
Skerries Scorers: Paul Devitt and Mark Hewitt 2 tries each; Ronan Connolly, Ross McAuley, Christ Tonge 1 try each; Conal Keane 6 cons 1 pen.

After 20 minutes on Saturday, Skerries were not thinking about promotion, they just wanted the win to keep their hopes of third place intact and a play off next weekend.

At that moment, it was 0-0 in their clash away to Sligo in the north west of Connacht while Thomond led and had three tries on the board away to DLSP. Greystones were going strong at Sunday’s Well too.

The challenge at the outset was to match the result of Thomond and Greystones and then hope to make up the ground on the Limerick side on points difference. Skerries were nine points in arrears before kick off in that regard. Three teams chasing the second promotion spot or at least the play off spot for third.

Caption: Action from Strandhill on Saturday. Pic: Eric Walsh, Skerries RFC Facebook.

Munster Results

Skibbereen

In the final Round four game in the Munster Junior Cup, Thomond 2nds produced a brilliant home display to oust a strong Newcastle West side from the competition and book their place in the quarter finals of the illustrious competition.

The 15-13 win books them a slot away to Clanwilliam in the last eight, the men from Limerick will now be slight favourites in that tie. The Quarter finals take place next Sunday.

In the Junior Clubs Challange Cup on Sunday, Skibbereen were too strong for Old Christians and advanced to the last four.

In Division 2, Newport earned a draw at home to Thurles in the final game of the season that could prove crucial. Should Kanturk gain promotion to the AIL, the Tipperary side will avoid relegation.

Connacht Results

Connemara

Battling away performances were the order of the day in the Cawley Cup semi finals on Sunday as Westport and Connemara booked their places in the Easter Sunday decider at Crowley Park.

Connemara are competing in the competition reserved solely for Junior Clubs, that started in 2003,  for the very first time this season and followed up their one point win at Monivea last week with a more comprehensive triumph at Ballina.

Meanwhile it took a late try in Moher Road for Westport to pip Ballinasloe and reach a second major final of the season. Danny McGowan getting his second in a pulsating game to help the Junior Cup runners up into the decider on Easter Sunday.

UBL Results Round Up

Skerries

DIVISION 1A:

BALLYNAHINCH 29 UCD 14, Ballymacarn Park
Scorers: Ballynahinch: Tries: Rodger McBurney, Michael Graham 2, Stuart Morrow; Cons: David McIlwaine 3; Pen: David McIlwaine
UCD: Tries: James Tracy, Alex Kelly; Cons: Niall Earls 2

HT: Ballynahinch 7 UCD 14

OLD BELVEDERE 21 DOLPHIN 15, Anglesea Road
Scorers: Old Belvedere: Pens: Josh Glynn 7
Dolphin: Tries: Niall Scannell, Eoin O’Shaughnessy; Con: Rory Scannell; Pen: Rory Scannell

HT: Old Belvedere 9 Dolphin 10

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 40 GARRYOWEN 26, Templeville Road
Scorers: St. Mary’s College: Tries: Kevin Sheahan, Marcus O’Driscoll 2, Dylan Fawsitt, Ryan O’Loughlin, Gareth Austen; Cons: Cathal Marsh 5
Garryowen: Tries: JP Cooney, Mark Rowley, Steve McMahon, Neil Cronin; Cons: Andrew O’Byrne 2, Jamie Gavin

HT: St. Mary’s College 12 Garryowen 19

UBL Saturday Teams

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A

Ballymacarn Park:  Ballynahinch        v          U.C.D.

Ballynahinch: 1. Kyle McCall, 2. Jonny Murphy, 3. Christopher Taylor, 4. Kenny Morton, 5. James Simpson, 6. David McGuigan, 7. Paul Pritchard, 8. Michael Graham, 9. Aaron Cairns. 10. Ritchie Lobb, 11 David McIlwaine, 12. Matthew Arneill, 13. Stuart Morrow (C), 14. Robin Harte, 15. Rodger McBurney. SUBS: 16. Aaron Ferris, 17. Harry McAleese, 18. Neil Faloon, 19. Matthew Nelson, 20 Michael Crommie

U.C.D.  1.Ed Byrne, 2.James Treacy, 3. Liam Hyland, 4.Brian Cawley, 5. Shane Grannell (C), 6. Conor Gilsenan, 7.Mark Mc Groarty, 8. Eoin Joyce, 9. Jamie Glynn, 10. . Liam Bourke, 11 Billy Dardis, 12. Stephen Murphy, 13. Alex Kelly, 14. Paddy Dix, 15. Niall Earls SUBS: 16. Kieran Moloney, 17. Risteard Byrne, 18. Adam Clarkin, 19. Donagh Lawler, 20. Shane O’Meara, 21 James Thornton

Anglesea Road:  Old Belvedere          v          Dolphin

Old Belvedere: 1. Pat O’Regan, 2. Killian McDonald, 3. Declan Lavery, 4. Dean Moore, 5. Josh Eden-Whatiri,
6. Jonathan Slattery 7. Kieran O’Gorman , 8. Leo Auva’a, 9. Aaron Sheehan, 10. Steve Crosbie, 11 Philip O’Dwyer, 12. Shaun Berne, 13. John Kennedy, 14 Aidan Wynne, 15. Josh Glynn  SUBS: 16. Alan Trenier, 17. Adam Howard 18. Killian O’Neill, 19. Fergal Lawlor, 20. Peter Robb,

Dolphin: 1 Brian Scott, 2 Niall Scannell , 3. Christy Condon (C), 4.Chris Rowe, 5 Rob O’Herlihy, 6. Miah Cronin, 7. James Vaughan , 8, Ryan Murphy, 9. Eoin O’Shoughnesey, 10 Rory Scannell. 11. Eamon Mills 12. John Gleeson, 13. Cian Bohane, 14 Andrew O’Leary, 15. Barry Keeshan SUBS: 16. John Leahy, 17. Damien Attritge, 18. Dave O Mahoney, 19. Chris Bannon, 20. Luke Abbott, 21.Darren O Se, 22. Sean McKeown.

Towns 2nds Cup

Ashbourne

Provincial Towns Seconds Cup – semi Finals

Ashbourne v Tullow, (at Clondalkin RFC), Sunday 3pm.

This means a lot to both clubs, Ashbourne seem fiercely determined to back up the progress made at senior level with some success at J2 after falling just shot in league action. They’ll bring a great crowd and a strong line up to this fixtures.

Tullow have had a tough season at J1 level with relegation and an extra time cup loss, the target now is for their J2s to end the season on a positive note and after they easily ousted cup holders Newbridge last week they come into this looking strong.

Tullow by 2

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