YOUNG Munster were the biggest casualties on the opening weekend of the ODM Munster Senior Cup when the AIL Division 1A side were dramatically dumped out of the competition at home to 2A outfit Cashel.
Munsters’ suffered a shock 18-27 defeat to the Tipperary side at Clifford Park, just a week before Greenfields side open their AIL campaign away to St Mary’s College.
A Ger Bourke try in the 80th minute appeared to have handed Munsters’ victory as it eased the home side into an 18-17 lead. However, an injury time try from Robin Foote and a try and conversion from Johno Ruru wrenched victory from their grasp. Brian Haugh and Alan Cotter also scored tries for Munsters.
Old Crescent and Shannon joined Garryowen in the quarter-finals, thanks to a pair of narrow wins, both secured in extra-time.
Shannon saw off a plucky Bruff side 30-20 at Coonagh, while Old Crescent edged out Highfield 22-18 at Rosbrien.
Bruff produced a grandstand finish to earn a 15-15 draw with recent Charity Cup winners at the end of 80 minutes. However, Shannon produced a strong extra time display to win through with three tries coming from Conor Burns, David O’Donovan and John Shine.
Old Crescent made it through to the last eight with a precious win over Highfield. Will Hanley, Shane Mullally and Sean Monaghan bagged crucial tries for Crescent. Mullally also kicked a conversion, while Paddy O’Sullivan’s extra time penalty and conversion proved crucial for the home side.
UL-Bohs bowed out of the Cup after suffering a 35-15 defeat to Cork Constitution in Annacotty in a repeat of last year’s final.
Ian Condell and Rory White scored tries for UL-Bohs, while Shane Airey kicked a penalty and a conversion.
Thomond lost out 43-6 to AIL 1A side Dolphin at Musgrave Park. The Cork side led 15-0 at half-time.
ODM Munster Senior Cup quarter-final line-up:
Shannon v Dolphin; Cashel v Garryowen; Old Crescent v UCC; Cork Constitution v Midleton
(Ties to be played weekend of October 19)