LAST season’s finalists Garryowen secured an impressive 15-9 victory over Cork Constitution in the battle of the ODM Financial Munster Senior Cup heavyweights at Temple Hill on Saturday to set up a quarter-final clash with Dolphin this weekend.
The ‘light blues’ scored two tries in the pick of the second round ties courtesy of Lorcan Bourke and Anthony Kavanagh, while Fergal Lawlor landed a conversion and Declan Cusack added a penalty goal.
Former Garryowen scrum-half Gerry Hurley kicked three penalty goals for Con’.
Garryowen will make a return trip to Cork on Saturday, this time to Musgrave Park to take on a Dolphin side which recorded a convincing 28-0 win over Old Crescent.
Dolphin led 21-0 at the break and the home side added a fourth try in the second period to leave the Crescent players and management team with plenty to ponder ahead of the start of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League at the start of next month.
Elsewhere, Limerick Charity Cup finalists Young Munster and Shannon, will also meet in the quarter finals of the Munster Senior Cup after winning their respective second round ties.
Willie Staunton was in terrific form for Munsters’ as he bagged 24 points in the Clifford Park side’s convincing 38-6 victory over UCC at Clifford Park.
Shannon repeated their Charity Cup victory over Nenagh Ormond from earlier in the season, with a 35-13 win over the Tipperary side. Tries from David O’Donovan and Luke O’Dea helped Stephen Keogh’s side into a narrow 14-13 victory.
It was only in the final quarter that Shannon made the game safe with three penalties from Tadhg Bennett making it 23-13.
O’Dea and Aaron Spring added further tries and Bennett converted one. Munsters’ will enjoy home advantage for next Saturday’s quarter-final tie with their Limerick rivals.
Holders Bruff recorded a convincing 34-0 win over Clonakilty to set up a home quarter-final tie with Midleton on Saturday next. The holders led 19-0 at half time, with Tom O’Callaghan, Mike Carroll and Tony Cahill scoring first half tries and Cahill kicked two conversions.
John Moore added two tries after the break, while Ger Collins bagged a third.
In the only all-Limerick tie of the second round, UL-Bohemian defeated Thomond 19-3 at Liam Fitzgerald Park.
UL-Bohs’ reward is an away quarter-final tie with Cashel next weekend.
ODM Financial Munster Senior Cup Quarter-finals
Bruff v Midleton; Cashel v UL Bohemian; Dolphin v Garryowen; Young Munster v Shannon
(Ties to be played on Saturday next, September 17)