Club rugby round-up: Bandon rallied to claim U16 Munster title

Club rugby round-up: Bandon rallied to claim U16 Munster title
Bandon's Brendan Twohig raises the trophy after defeating Ennis. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE first series of Munster finals were played at Musgrave Park, together with the semi-finals of the Seamus O’Farrell Munster Club U18 Plate.

Bandon won the Munster Club U16 Cup as they came from behind to defeat Ennis 19-10 in the decider at Musgrave Park.

Evan Wood opened the scoring with a try for the Clare side in the 12th minute.

Brendan Twohig opened Bandon’s account with a try following a five-metre penalty which they opted to run to level matters at five points apiece at the break.

In the second half, Twohig scored two further tries for Bandon which were both converted by Jeff Williams, while Killian O’Connor replied with a late try for Ennis.

Bandon players celebrate after a Brendan Twohig try. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Bandon players celebrate after a Brendan Twohig try. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Scorers for Bandon: Brendan Twohig 3 tries; Jeff Williams 2 cons.

Ennis: Evan Wood, Killian O’Connor tries.

BANDON: Jacob O’Driscoll; Tom Desmond, Jonathan Kenneally, Richard Murphy, Conor Ustianowski; Jeff Williams, Dylan Barr; Ferdia Gibbons, Conor Egan, Cillian Lynch; Daniel McGarvey, Thomas Donegan; Brendan Twohig, Jay C Van De Westhuizen, Robert McCarthy.

Subs: Conor Manning, Mark O’Shea, Matthew O’Dwyer, Nathan Byrne, Shane Hathaway, David O’Dwyer, James O’Sullivan.

ENNIS: Nicky Hardiman; Evan Wood, Jarlath Collins, Adam Hogan, Samuel Browne; Callum Byrne, John Connaughton; Noel McGrath, Charity Omorodion, Seyi Olanrewaju; James Lyne, Matthew McNamara; Jack Scahill, David Utuke, Killian O’Connor.

Subs: Calum Barrett, Oscar O’Gorman, Oluwamayomikun Omonina, Joe Boyle, Omar Erdim, Sean Curtin, Samuel Costelloe, Conor Cleland.

Referee: Thomas O’Sullivan (MAR).

Bandon's Jonathan Kenneally is tackled by Ennis's Callum Byrne. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Bandon's Jonathan Kenneally is tackled by Ennis's Callum Byrne. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

There was also action in other Munster Club competitions and in South Munster.

Douglas-Carrigaline claimed the season’s first silverware as they defeated Thomond 39-10 in the Munster Club U18 Bowl decider at Musgrave Park. Ihechi Oji scored four tries for Douglas-Carrigaline and Chimide Oji added two tries. Ruadhan Dolan also scored a try and Barry Vossloo kicked two conversions.

Clonakilty and Mallow will contest the Seamus O’Farrell Munster Club U18 Plate decider.

Clonakilty defeated Midleton 29-26. Praise Pompola, Pierce Cummins, Fionn O’Connell and Kayden Hogan scored tries for Midleton and three were converted by Conor Lenihan.

Mallow ran out 22-12 winners over Highfield. Tom Connaughton, Jack Hadden, Michael Hayes and Oisin Farrell scored tries for Mallow and James Hall added one conversion. Rob Murphy and Cormac O’Driscoll scored tries for Highfield and Luke O’Donovan added a conversion.

Ballincollig were eliminated from the Munster Club U18 Development Cup as they were defeated 11-5 by Castleisland with Sam Kiely scoring Ballincollig’s try.

Cobh Pirates have qualified for the South Munster U16 League decider where they will meet Midleton as they recorded a 34-24 win over Clonakilty in the second semi-final. Bailey Frahill-Jones, Jack O’Donnell, Sean Edogbo and Chris Ruxton scored tries for Cobh. Rory Pearse got a try and a conversion and Michael White added two conversions and a penalty. Eoin Downey got a try, a penalty and three conversions for Clonakilty. Adam Crawford and Conor Ryan also scored tries.

Dolphin-Crosshaven won the Munster Club U16 Bowl as they ran out 15-14 winners over Fermoy in the decider at Musgrave Park. Cian Herlihy and Thomas O’Connor scored tries for Dolphin-Crosshaven. Patrick O’Connor added a penalty and a conversion. Conor England and Conor Coakley scored tries for Fermoy which were both converted by Cathal Wilson.

Youghal have qualified for the Munster Club U16 Development Plate decider, where they will meet Bantry Bay as they defeated Clanwilliam 34-29. Sean O’Riordan scored three tries for Youghal. Rory Fitzgerald and Conor Roche also scored tries and Conall Doyle kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Clonakilty are through to the quarter-finals of the South Munster U14 Development Cup where they will be at home to Old Christians as they defeated Cobh Pirates 31-5 at the Vale. Killian Herlihy, Luke Noonan, Patrick McCarthy, Paul Murphy and Donncha Walsh scored tries for Clonakilty and Ronan Hayes added three conversions. Dylan Corcoran was Cobh’s try scorer.

Sunday’s Well will be at home to Mallow as they ran out 35-19 away winners over Midleton.

Ewan Kennedy got a try and five conversions for Sunday’s Well. Ciaran Maguire, Jacob Lane, Oscar Squires and Lee O’Keeffe also scored tries. Eoin Smith, Noah Murphy and Adam Hansler scored tries for Midleton and two were converted by Lachlan McRea.

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