Clonmel, Clan in cup wins

Munster Junior Cup

Clonmel beat Waterpark away 24-6 in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup.

Waterpark opened with a penalty but their lead was to be short lived.

Clonmel won possession from the kick out and forced a scrum under Waterpark’s post.

Dynamic captain Tony Cantwell scored from the push over. Conor Cooney added the points to put Clonmel 7-3 up.

Waterpark kicked a penalty to close the gap to one point.

Clonmel were unlucky not to score coming up to half time after a lovely run by Darren Cass was stopped on the line. 7-6 to Clonmel at half time.

In the second half, with Neville Melbourne and Mark Corby returning from long term injury, Clonmel upped the ante and went further ahead from a penalty by Conor Cooney.

From a Clonmel scrum, out-half Brian Lonergan set his backs Luke Noonan and Luke Hogan away and Hogan ran in a lovely try which Cooney converted to make it 17-6.

Clonmel were now fully in control with the front row of Billy Kelly, Podge Keating and Mark Corby running relentlessly at the Park pack, Cooney found space and passed to Darren Cass who scored another try for Clonmel to finish with a good win.

Clonmel’s women’s team also won their cup match against Fermoy 15- 10

Clanwilliam 19

Abbeyfeale 9

Clanwilliam entertained Abbeyfeale at Clanwilliam Park on Sunday last in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup and won 18-9 Clanwilliam opened the scoring with a try scored and converted by Andrew Ryan. Abbeyfeale replied with a penalty after 20 minutes but Ryan extended Clanwilliam's lead to 10-3 with a penalty. On the stroke of half time Abbeyfeale scored a penalty to bring the score to 10-6.

Clan started the second half well and on 50 minutes Graham Roche, making his first team debut, made an excellent break down the right wing and passed to scrum half Derek Shields who crossed for the try in the corner.

Abbeyfeale came back into the game with a penalty after 60 minutes. Clanwilliam's nerves were settled by substitute out half Niall Leahy who kicked an excellent penalty from the Abbeyfeale 10 yard line on 70 minutes and Clanwilliam held out defensively for the balance of the game to run out deserving winners.

Excellent performances from Derek Shields, Graham Roche and Bryan O’ Rahelly at full back with David McCormack and Chris Doyle the stand out performers in a hard working pack.