LIMERICK will have up to five sides competing in the quarter-finals of this season’s Munster Senior Cup following Saturday’s first round action.
Joining UL-Bohemian at the last eight stage of the competition will be last season’s beaten finalists Garryowen, Young Munster, Thomond and possibly Bruff who face Midleton in a re-arranged at Kilballyowen Park on Saturday next.
UL-Bohs had to withstand a strong second half comeback from Richmond before recording a 28-19 win in a lively affair at Annacotty.
UL-Bohs were 20-0 to the good in the first half, with tries from Robbie Bourke and Adrian Enright as well as 10 points from the boot of out-half Shane Airey. Richmond battled back strongly with 19 unanswered points, through tries from Brian Collins, Gearoid Phelan and Keelan Stephenson and two conversions from Brian Mullins.
However, UL-Bohs finished the game strongly and another Airey penalty and late try from Finbarr Ryan guided the home side through.
Garryowen also had to withstand a late rally at Ormond Park before emerging with a 20-18 victory away to Nenagh Ormond.
Dan Fogarty gave Nenagh an early lead, but Garryowen hit back with a try from Dave Sherry which Jamie Gavin converted. Gavin and Fogarty exchanged penalties to leave Garryowen ahead 10-6 at half time.
Tries from James McInerney and Andrew O’Byrne saw the ‘light blues’ lead 20-6 but in an exciting finish two tries from former Garryowen player Anthony Kavanagh and a Fogarty conversion reduced the gap to two points as the visitors held out for a win.
Shannon suffered a heart-breaking 13-12 defeat to AIL 1A side Dolphin on the back pitch at Thomond Park. The Cork side emerged victorious thanks to a last gasp penalty goal. Tadhg Bennett and David O’Donovan scored tries for Shannon, while Bennett also kicked a conversion.
Meanwhile, Young Munster scored a resounding 33-8 away win over Highfield at Woodleigh Park. Darren Ryan scored two tries for the visitors and Rob Guerin, Yasin Browne and Evan Mulcahy also touched down. Gearoid Lyons kicked a conversion and a penalty, while Willie Staunton added a drop goal.
Thomond edged past competition newcomers Kanturk 27-24 in Cork. Jamie McGarry scored two tries for Thomond and Dean O’Brien and Kevin O’Mahony also added further five-pointers. O’Brien added a conversion and a penalty and Rory Collins also kicked a conversion for the Fitzgerald Park side.
Kealan Buckley replied with two tries for Kanturk, Paul O’Keeffe added a conversion and two penalties. Mark Healy kicked two penalties and Sean Cremin added a drop goal.
There was disappointment for Old Crescent who suffered a disappointing 22-3 home defeat to Cashel at Rosbrien.
Despite playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half, Crescent were level, 3-3, at half-time, thanks to a Shane O’Brien penalty.
The Tipp side added 19 unanswered points after the break to impressively advance to the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, in Division 2B of the AIL, Bruff secured an impressive 29-12 bonus point win away to Ards. Bruff, who jumped up to eighth place on the back of the win, scored five tries through Sean Darcy, Darragh Mulcahy, Danny Keogh, Declan Bannon and Mark Cosgrove.
Munster Senior Cup 1/4 Finals
Cork Constitution v Bruff/Midleton
Young Munster v Thomond
UL-Bohemian v Dolphin
Garryowen v Cashel
(Quarter-final ties to be played on the weekend of Saturday, November 29)