Following a break in games over the bank holiday weekend, action resumed in the Munster Junior League Division 1 last Sunday with the Clonmel 1 XV playing host to Cork side, Kanturk.
Clonmel was going into the game on the back of a very positive start to the league campaign with three wins from three over Muskerry, Clonakility and Kilfeacle.
The home side got off to a good start with an early opening try by Neville Melbourne in the first five minutes. Both sides then traded penalties before a Kanturk surge and try levelled the score on 8-8 on the 22 minute mark.
Clonmel responded quickly and after a period of sustained pressure by the pack, Ronan Crosse went over the line for a try that was duly converted by Brian Lonergan to 15-8 at half time.
Four additional Kanturk tries, three of which were converted all went unanswered in the second half.
Despite many forays and attacks by Clonmel, no additional points were gained in the during the forty minutes and Kanturk ran out winners with a final score of 34-15.
A disappointing end to the winning streak by Clonmel, but still a 75% success rate by the home side and a good rebound will get matters back on track. Next Sunday, Clonmel hosts Old Christians in round 5.
The Clonmel 2nd XV took on Waterpark at home on Sunday last in the fourth round of the Munster Junior 2 league. Clonmel went into the game sitting on top of the five team section C of the league. The home side continued to show the form that they had displayed in the campaign to date. Conor Cooney opened proceedings with and early penalty and David Hoyne doubled the score with a well taken drop goal. A further penalty by the home side was then followed a sustained period of attack that resulted in a break by Tony Cantwell who went in under the posts for the game’s opening try, which was duly converted by Conor Cooney. A Waterpark penalty close to half time saw Clonmel lead 16-3 at the break.
The second half saw possession swing between both sides until Conor Cooney added an additional seven points scoring a try under the posts and duly converting it.
The game ended 23-3 to Clonmel and an unbeaten record of four wins from four in their section of the league.
East Munster U18 League:
The Clonmel U18s squad travelled to Carrick on Suir on Sunday last and picked up a good win in their league campaign. A strong territorial display and high work rate proved the winning of the game for the Clonmel side with a well blended combination of hard running lines and good handling provided Clonmel with the foundation for the 47-3 winning margin. Scorers - Tries: J. Cronin,L. Noonan (2), R. Brady (2), Shane Mullen, S. Van Dam. Conversions: L. Noonan (6) Squad: Dean Slattery, Michael Tobin, Shay Van Dam, Jordan Cronin, Niall Barrett, Luke Noonan, Johan Oosthuysen, Matt Caulfield, Ronan Brady, Bernard King, Eoin Breen, Shane Mullen, Ethan Mulvee, Joe Keane, Andrew O’ Keffee, Kenny Liew, Kelen McDonald.