Thursday 24 May 2018

Three sides advance to last eight of cup

Clonmel in action against Westport
Clonmel in action against Westport

It was a good weekend for the three Munster clubs that did take part in the opening round of the All Ireland Junior Cup with all three advancing to the quarter finals.

The only disappointment was Bandon giving Enniskillen a walk over because of the unavailability of players to travel.

Clonmel were pushed all the way at home to Westport before emerging 28-23 winners in a game that saw the lead change hands on several occasions.

It was 16-15 to the home side at half-time where Luke Hogan scored two tries for Clonmel and Luke Noonan got one.

Dylan Cadogan kicked three penalties and two conversions.

Kilfeacle defeated Monivea 24-5 to book their place in the quarter-finals at the Connacht venue.

Kevin Kinnane scored two tries for the Tipperary side and Gavin Heuston scored one.

Jamie Heuston kicked three conversions and Shane Luby added a penalty.

Newcastle West bounced back from their heavy defeat in Waterpark last week with a surprising 30-25 home win over a fancied Enniscorthy side.

Dave Foley, Darragh Tracey and Brian O'Sullivan scored tries for the west Limerick outfit; Sean Herlihy kicked three conversions and two penalties with Tommy Kelliher also adding a penalty.

Quarter-final draw: Ballina v Instonians, Ashbourne v Clonmel, Connemara v Kilfeacle and Enniskillen v Newcastle West.

Ties are to be played Saturday, November 11.

Irish Independent

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