Table toppers and title favourites Terenure came to Cashel on Saturady chasing promotion. They achieved a bonus point win against injury depleted Cashel who lost their hooker Cian O’Donnell with an appendix problem on Friday. He was replaced by Michael Kelly, not yet fully recovered from his own injury.
Terenure have had a great season and from the start they let it be known that they meant business. After 4 minutes they were awarded a scrum on the Cashel 22. Their outhalf cut down the nine-seven channel and scored under the posts. He converted and followed up three minutes later with a penalty to put them ten points ahead.
It was a high tempo game and Cashel did not lie down. On twenty minutes they were awarded a penalty on the Terenure 22. Michael Hickey took a quick tap and raced for the line to score a fine try which Pat O’Connor converted.
At 10-7 Cashel were competing and holding their own. Then seven minutes later the touch judge intervened and Cashel were penalised and a yellow card was issued to a player who was not near that phase of play at the time.
Terenure went for the corner and from the lineout they mauled over for a try. The killer blow came three minutes later when Cashel were down to thirteen men due to another sin binning. Terenure went for the line and scored again in the corner following a good maul. They converted.
Cashel had the last word before half time and after a good phase of pressure they were awarded a penalty which Pat O’Connor converted to leave the half time score 22-10.
Terenure achieved the bonus point four minutes into the second half with a converted try. It looked as if it was going to be a very long day for Cashel. But this was the end of the scoring as Cashel dug deep and dominated for the rest of the game. Niall Fitzgerald, Cormack O’Donnell, Darren McGrath, Kieran Murphy and Andy Kelleher came on and all played extremely well. Edmund Leamy and Sean Walsh in the pack were outstanding and ran themselves into the ground. Jack Ryan and Brain Silke in the centre tackled all day and made some significant breaks into the Terenure half. Pat O’Connor had his usual solid game at full back.
The Terenure defence held solid and the game ended 29-10 in their favour. They achieved promotion but are not yet crowned Division 2A champions as they are only one point ahead of Corinthians with one round of games to be played on April 13.
Cashel are still in the top half of the table and play Bective Rangers in their last game. The injuries have provided Cashel an opportunity to blood young players and they are responding. It was a brave performance in the face of adversity and the supporters can be proud of their efforts. Cashel: I Stanley, M Kelly, H Stanley, S Walsh, K Gleeson, M Crosse, J E O’Connor, E Leamy, M Hickey, C Quinlan, K Quinlan, J Ryan, B Silke, R Mullane, P O’Connor, N Fitzgerald, C O’Donnell, D McGrath, K Murphy, A Kelleher.
South Munster Junior 2 Plate:
Mitchelstown 9 Cashel 12
Cashel thirds travelled to Mitchelstwon on Sunday to play in the South Munster Junior 2 Plate and came away with a fine win. Mitchelstwon have made great progress at under age level over the past number of years and two seasons ago they fielded an adult team powered by the Horgan brothers Edward and Paul who played for Cashel for many years. It was a tight game but a try by Frank Kelleher and a try by Niall Fitzgerald which Frank Kelleher converted edged Cashel to a win by three points. This team continues its fine vain of form and is heading for busy end to the season.