Richmond form a huddle at half time in their win over Garryowen
AFTER the good local results of last Sunday, only Shannon and Bruff are involved in cup action this coming week-end.
On Sunday the other two Limerick sides are in action. Shannon, some people’s favourites to lift the Bank of Ireland Junior Cup this season, will welcome Kilfeacle and District to Coonagh and will be favourites to qualify for a semi-final meeting with Newcastle West.
Kilfeacle will be no walk-over. They reached the final of the All-Ireland Junior Cup and should finish in the top four of the MJL1.
The final of the Munster Junior Bowl is also down for decision on Sunday between Bantry Bay and Bruff. This decider is listed for Cobh and the Kilballyowen club will be hoping that they can bring the silverware home.
Limerick clubs have been making a big impression in the Junior Cup with Richmond, Newcastle West and Shannon still in the running for glory.
Richmond’s victory over Garryowen in Dooradoyle last Sunday was well deserved with veteran hooker Pat Humpreys the star of the show.
The 41-year-old former light blue has been in great form for Richmond since his return in 2010. He left the Canal Bank club when he was 18, joining the Garryowen under 20s, and went on to serve the club well at senior level in the number two shirt.
"We were disappointed to miss out on the league title but this good run in the Junior Cup has been fantastic," Richmond press officer Natalie McNamara told us.
"We last won the cup in 1952 and lost in two finals, 1979 and 1990, so maybe it's time to bridge that long gap this season."
Last Sunday turned out to be a great day for Limerick’s junior rugby teams. St Mary’s returned to Munster Junior League division one with an emphatic victory in Mallow, Richmond marched into the Junior Cup semi-finals with that shock win over Garryowen in Dooradoyle and Galbally could have saved themselves from relegation with their victory in Youghal.
In the other Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup games down for decision, Young Munster lost to Cork Constitution in Tom Clifford Park while the Shannon versus Kilfeacle and District match, penned in for Coonagh, did not take place due to a bereavement in the Tipperary club.
Munster Junior Cup, Garryowen 3, Richmond 14
Returning to the ground where he enjoyed some of his highest achievements, Pat Humphreys put in a man of the match performance for the Canal Bank side as they caused a major upset with this win over the home side.
Young Munster 10, Cork Constitution 16
This was a hard fought game in Tom Clifford Park with the Cork side qualifying for a semi-final meeting with Clonmel. The black and ambers put in a spirited last quarter but they just could not break down a stubborn defence. Mark O’Mara scored the Young Munster try with Conor Hayes kicking the conversion and a penalty. ‘Munsters’ had to draft in coach Ger Flaherty for this game when two of their props reported injuries but after trailing 16-0 at half time, they found the uphill battle too much of a challenge.
MJL1, Youghal 3, Galbally 12:
This was an important win for Galbally and unless there is another Munster team relegated from the AIL, they should be safe from the drop from MJL1. Youghal put up a brave show but could only muster that single penalty score while Galbally scored two tries, one each from Joe Gowes and Mark Sweeney. Jack O’Mullane was successful with one of the conversions.
MJL2, Mallow 0, St Mary’s 22:
Their biggest support of the campaign travelled to the county Cork venue for this make or break game and they were not disappointed.
Victory would have confirmed their return to division one and the side did not disappoint. An early Paul Loughran penalty eased the nerves of the Saints early in the second half while Tommy Galvin’s late try was greeted with glee by the blue and white supporters.