Saturday 24 February 2018

Burton try puts seal on famous Bandon triumph

Bandon’s Tom Ferguson celebrates with the Junior Cup
Bandon’s Tom Ferguson celebrates with the Junior Cup

Yet another historic day for West Cork rugby saw Bandon RFC win their first ever Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Challenge Cup title to follow their Senior Cup win way back in 1886 with a 27-14 victory over Young Munster at Thomond Park last Sunday.

Both sides played an expansive game and Bandon took the lead after eight minutes with a try from winger Christian Mulcahy and Kerry Desmond converted from the sideline.

A Desmond penalty made it 10-0 and on 32 minutes skipper Tom Ferguson got in for their second try and Desmond converted.

Back came Munsters and two tries from Gary Fitzgerald and Tom McHale converted by Paul Downes made it 17-14 at half-time.

Desmond kicked a penalty nine minutes into the second half to make it 20-14. With the game swinging from one end to the other, Garth Burton scored Bandon's third try in the final minute of added time and Desmond converted to give the Old Chapel outfit an historic 13-point victory.

With Bandon Grammar School getting to the Munster Schools Senior Cup semi-final stage for the first time this year, and Bandon narrowly missing out on the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup a few months earlier, rugby is rapidly on the rise in Old Chapel.

Next target for Régis Sonnes' men is Senior rugby, but for the moment they can drink in what has been another fantastic season.

Bandon - O Crowley; C Mulcahy, G O'Leary, K Desmond, G Crowley; A Morrissey, S Mogford; C Jackson, A Slattery, T Crowley; D Swithenbank, E Phelan; G Burton, M Beecher, T Ferguson. Reps: S Kingston, M Murphy. JP Lucey, M Bateman, K Lucey.

Irish Independent

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