Killorglin beat Bay to go top

Rugby, Munster J-League Division 3: Killorglin 17 Bantry Bay 10

Timmy Lynch offloads to Andrew O’Reilly in Killorglin’s win over Bantry Bay in their Munster J-League Division 3 game
Timmy Lynch offloads to Andrew O’Reilly in Killorglin’s win over Bantry Bay in their Munster J-League Division 3 game

Dan Kearney

Killorglin kept their promotion hopes firmly on track with a seven-point victory over Cork side Bantry Bay at Ballymalis last Sunday.

The conditions were quite poor with a heavy sticky pitch and driving wind which made handling extremely difficult for both sides. As a result it was an error strewn contest but Killorglin had enough in their armoury to claim a valuable victory.

Bantry Bay started the better of the two sides and soon had the Killorglin defence under pressure. Some excellent tackling kept the visitors at bay, and eventually the hosts began to eke out some good territory. Good attacking endeavour led to a Killorglin breakthrough in the 17th minute when Josh Morell finished off a fine move to touch down for a try which Luke O'Shea converted.

Bantry Bay attacked Killorglin from their kick off, but an excellent tackle from Darragh O'Shea saved a certain try. Bantry Bay continued to dominate however, and they were eventually rewarded when Tom Ferron blocked an attempted clearance and touched down near the posts. Danny Hutchinson added the conversion and the teams went in at half time level at 7-7.

Killorglin started the second half with intent and they were soon rewarded when Josh Morell touched down for his second try of the game after a series of carries from the home side. Luke O'Shea added the conversion to push Killorglin 14-7 ahead.

Bantry Bay replied shortly afterwards with a Hutchinson penalty to bring it back to a four-point game. Killorglin continued to apply pressure on the Bantry Bay defence and O'Shea added a penalty to extend the gap to seven once more.

The remainder of the half was a bit of a stalemate but Killorglin weren't complaining as the emerged with the win. Killorglin are now sitting on top of Division 3 on 22 points with five games played.

Their next league game is an away tie with Douglas Carrigaline on December 1.

Munster J- League Division 2

Dungarvan 43 Castleisland 3

Castleisland's woes continued when Dungarvan put seven tries past them at the Waterford venue last Sunday. Maurice Daly scored three tries for Dungarvan and Dave Hickey, Daniel Slevin, Shane Norris and Matthew Henley got one each. Hickey kicked four conversions. Joseph Sheehy was the sole Castleisland scorer with a penalty.