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18 Jan 2022

Newcastle West RFC eye All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-final

Newcastle West RFC eye All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-final

Newcastle West RFC have qualified for the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup

LIMERICK side Newcastle West RFC will make the trip to Clogher Valley later this month for their Energia All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-final fixture.

The semi-final fixture will take place on Saturday, December 18. The second semi-final will see Ballyclare have home advantage against Connemara in the last-four.

It will be just the second time in 16 years of competition that a Leinster club does not feature in the penultimate round.

Away status will be nothing to new to the Ger Earls-coached Newcastle West side in the All-Ireland Junior Cup after hard-earned triumphs at both Tuam and Mallow to secure their semi-final berth.

James Kelly and captain Alan O’Riordan were their try scorers as they overcame a resilient Mallow team. It was 21-15 in the end, with Charlie O’Doherty kicking 11 points.

Clogher Valley demonstrated their cup credentials with a win in Ashbourne in the first round, before accounting for 2020 runners-up Dromore on Saturday.

They are back at the Cran for their semi-final fixture as the only club left in this season’s competition to have contested a final themselves.

Energia All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals:

Saturday, December 18:

CLOGHER VALLEY v NEWCASTLE WEST, the Cran, 2pm

BALLYCLARE v CONNEMARA, the Cloughan, 2pm

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