Killarney claim a major scalp with confident win over Bantry

Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup: Bantry 11 Killarney 18

Tralee’s Martin Stack in action against Dungarvan in O’Dowd Park last weekend. Photo by Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus
Tralee’s Martin Stack in action against Dungarvan in O’Dowd Park last weekend. Photo by Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Killarney claimed a major scalp when they accounted for Bantry in the Munster Junior Cup.

The away side started very well and soon raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to a penalty from Oisín O'Shea. They were fortunate to see a Bantry claim for a try ruled out soon afterwards after the referee consulted with his linesman who had spotted an indiscretion. The action was pretty even for the remainder of the first half and Killarney's single penalty saw them take the lead in at half-time.

O'Shea struck for his second penalty of the game to push Killarney 6-0 ahead, but Bantry scored a penalty of their own to peg the score line back to 6-3.

Next came the pivotal moment of the game when Brian Lynch struck for an excellent Killarney try which was converted by O'Shea to push them 13-3 ahead.

The closing moments of the game were pretty hectic as Bantry threw the kitchen sink at Killarney and got right back into the contest with a good try. Killarney were determined to get the win though, and Brian Lynch struck for his second try of the game at the death to secure the victory.

Bruff 44 Killorglin 19

A poor first half ultimately cost Killorglin in this game.

The visitors went into the half-time break 22-0 down and seemingly dead and buried. They called on all of their reserves of courage and energy to dominate the second half however, and scored 19 points with the Killorglin tries coming from Darragh O'Shea and Mike Breen as well as being awarded a penalty try. Luke O'Shea also added a conversion for Killorglin.

Munster Under 16 Cup Group 1

Douglas/Carrigaline 0 Killarney 52

Killarney came away with the spoils when they comprehensively beat a young Douglas / Carrigaline outfit last Saturday.

Thomas Clifford opened the scoring for the visitors when he latched onto his own chip kick to touch down early in the game. The second try soon followed from scrum half Peter Walsh before Liam Randles combined with John McCarthy for a third try. Darren Cronin and Brendy O'Donoghue also went over, and with Donnchadh Greally converting three of his kicks the away side led by 31-0 at half-time.

Douglas / Carrigaline tried hard to get back into the game in the second half, but it was Killarney who struck once more when Jack Kennelly struck for his side's sixth try. Killarney continued their onslaught, and Peter Walsh struck for two more tries to complete his hat trick and claim a memorable victory for his side.

Munster Club Under 16 Cup Group 2

Castleisland 13 Bruff 18

Castleisland took on Bruff in the first round of the Pan Munster Cup and came up just short in what was a game that threatened to spill over on many occasions.

Castleisland started really well and a try by Jordan O Sullivan Coffey followed by a conversion and penalty by Donal Daly, saw them 10-0 after 10 minutes.

Bruff were stung into action and came back strongly to lead 10-13 at half-time. The visitors added another try and although Castleisland responded with a penalty, Bruff held out to claim the spoils.

Munster Junior League Division 2

Clonakilty 76 Castleisland 0

It was a day to forget for Castleisland as Clonakilty ran in 10 tries against the visitors.

Castleisland held their own for the first 20 minutes of the game, but the big athletic home side soon got into their stride and touched down for four tries in succession before the half time break.

It was all one way traffic in the second half as the away sides heads dropped, and despite a fine display from Connie Reynolds, Clonakilty romped to an impressive victory.