Limerick Rugby - Richmond reach cup final

As always, John Hogan's Hooker's Diary provides an entertaining read

As always, John Hogan's Hooker's Diary provides an entertaining read

RICHMOND marched into the final of the Munster Junior Challenge Cup on Sunday when they beat St Senan’s at the Canal Bank venue by 36-16.

The green and whites were in try scoring mood with Finbarr Hogan, Gareth O’Hanlon, Stephen Clancy and Niall Benson all getting over the whitewash. Stephen Clancy added two conversions and four penalties.

In the Munster Junior Cup, Old Crescent travelled to Fermoy and came with an 8-0 victory over the home side. The winners had a try by K Hodnett and a penalty from P Quinn hard earned.

Presentation were also on the road in the MJL 2 and recorded a well-deserved victory over Newport. The Tipperary side were 9-6 to the good at half time. Good work by the Pres’ pack led to a penalty try while a conversion and four penalties by Mark Phayer accounted for the Limerick side’s 12-19 victory.

Thomond lifted early silverware on Saturday when they beat Bruff in the final of the McInerney Cup in Annacotty. The royal blues ran out deserving winners on a 35-12 scoreline. Four first half penalties by Mark O’Connell kept Bruff in touch and they trailed by just three points, 15-12, at the break. A Glen O’Callaghan try for Thomond set the pattern of the game with further tries credited to Anthony Hartery, Christian Meehan, Pat Deedigan and a terrific try at the death from Jonathon Forde ensuring that the northsiders retain the trophy that was presented in memory of their former player Jim McInerney. Reliable place-kicker Christian Meehan, who was influential throughout, added the remaining Thomond points, two penalties and two conversions.. Christy Ryan of the North Munster Branch presented the trophy to the winning captain and congratulated both sides on serving up what was a most enjoyable decider at the Annacotty venue.

In the Gleeson League Shannon were beaten by Richmond in Cooonagh, 3-17. Maurice O’Shea bagged two tries for the winners, while Dara Clancy kicked seven points.

St Mary’s had a morale-boosting victory over Young Munster in Tom Clifford Park, the win ensuring their place in the semi-finals of the Gleeson League. Man of the match Ger McInerney scored all the ‘Saints’ points with a try, conversion and two penalties, while Stephen Frawley at out-half and promising loose head prop Jamie O’Sullivan impressed.

The Bruff v Old Crescent Gleeson League game was called off because Crescent could not field props while in the Tony Hartery Trophy, Nenagh Ormond beat Thomond.




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