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Thursday 21 August 2014

Impressive Cork Con ease into next round

Munster Junior Cup

Published 15/03/2013 | 04:00

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Holders Cork Constitution were the only senior club side to win against junior club opposition last weekend.

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The Temple Hill outfit travelled to Jim Slattery Park, where they defeated St Senan's 29-0 in their first game in this season's competition.

First-half tries from Philip O'Leary, Alan Ross, Brian Derham and Eoin O'Donnell and two Derham conversions gave the defending champions a 24-0 half-time lead.

Jayde Cruickshank scored a fifth try for winners after the break.

Tralee edged out Bruff 13-11 in a thrilling tie at the Kerry venue. A penalty from Ritchie McAuliffe and a try by Barry Enright gave Bruff an 8-3 interval lead.

Daniel Clarke replied with a penalty for the home side.

The awarding of a penalty try to Tralee proved the decisive factor, with Clarke converting and Garreth Walsh also adding a penalty.

Bruff's only response was a second penalty from McAuliffe.

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Kinsale followed up their win over Thomond in the last round with another win over a Senior club side when they recorded an 11-3 home win over Midleton.

A try by Joe Lyons and two penalties by Peter Murphy proved enough for Kinsale, who must now travel to Kilfeacle in the next round next week. Robert Colan-O'Leary replied with a penalty for the East Cork side.

League champions Richmond booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 20-12 home win over Newcastle West.

Despite playing into the wind in the first half, Richmond led 10-7 at half-time with a try from Michael Kelleher and a conversion and penalty by Brian Mullins to a try by James Kelly, which Tommy Kelleher converted.

Barry McNamara scored a second try for Richmond and Mullins converted, before adding a penalty, while Newcastle West's only response was a try from Michael Culhane.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the round saw Second Division Mallow defeat Waterpark 31-8.

The North Cork side looked to have suffered a huge blow when their reliable goal kicker Andy Cashman was forced to leave the field with an injury after just four minutes.

And they looked in further bother when a try by Shane Kelly and a penalty by Geoff Deegan had Waterpark 8-0 in front.

However, Robbie Doyle scored a try for Mallow and Dave Walsh added the conversion to make it 8-7 and then a try from Michael Sweeney, converted by Walsh, put the home side ahead.

After that, they simply fixed the Waterford side in their rear view mirror.

Walsh kicked a penalty, Chris O'Regan added a brace of tries, with Walsh and Doyle each converting, and Mallow had booked their place in the next round and a trip to Duhallow to take on Challenge Cup holders and Division One runners-up Kanturk.

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