Old Christians led to the slaughter
MUNSTER JUNIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Old Christians 7 Mallow 57
IN the middle tier, it is Mallow that continue to rule the roost with yet another bonus point win – their fourth on the bounce, away to Old Christians.
Christians have plenty of pedigree at this grade and would have fancied their chances, particularly at home, of causing what would have been an upset however it was clear early on that this one was going the way of the St Joseph’s Road side and they eventually ran out by 50 points (57-7).
Old Christians started with intent and ruffled Mallow’s feathers inside the opening 15 minutes of the game but it was Mallow thateventually broke the deadlock settling themselves into the game with an excellent penalty by Dave Breen from distance.
Old Christians battled well but Brian Henry and Sean Glynn made regular strong carries putting them deep in their opponent’s half. The opening try of the match belonged to Mallow and came from an Old Christians scrum. Mallow’s dominance in the pack saw them win against the head with accurate hands from the backs putting Hugh Barry over in the corner with Dave Breen added the extras.
Mallow never looked back from there as their scrum dominated the opposition leading to Mallow’s next try. Number 8, Sean Glynn controlled the ball well at the back of the scrum and dropped on it making the score-line 15-0. Dave Breen was next to add his name to the score sheet as he ghosted through a mis-match in the Old Christians defence. Mallow went in at half time with a 22-point lead.
Mallow came out in the second half with intent with Dave Breen showing great agility to score his second converted try - his fifth for the season. Old Christians scored their solitary try thanks to confusion in the Mallow backs but that was as good as it got for the home side as Mallow turned on the style during the remaining 25 minutes. Mallow emptied the bench before the hour mark with David Walsh erupting into action almost immediately, scoring a well worked try.
The next try came directly from the restart which Sean Glynn caught, popped it off to Owen Glynn who ate up the space in front of him before eventually being hauled down. Glynn offloaded to Sean Hannon who evaded a few defenders and popped it off to Brian Henry. He spun a glorious pass out to Conor O’Donovan on the wing. O’ Donovan sent a pin-point chip over the top which Walsh caught and passed inside to Brian Ward who scored under the sticks.
Mallow continued this champagne rugby as they closed out the game in style. Walsh added his second try thanks to his own quick thinking. The last play of the game again demonstrated Mallow’s ability to play off the cuff, exciting rugby. Hugh Barry caught a clearing kick in his own half and passed to Jimmy Glynn who cut a line through the Old Christians defence. He released Walsh whose footwork allowed him to step around two cover tacklers and dot down for his hat-trick. Dave Breen converted to make it 8 successful kicks out of 9 and round off a scintillating display from the away side. While Mallow will be delighted with the manner in which they won this game, they will also be eager to quell the hype surrounding their season to date.
Up next for Mallow is an away cup fixture against Charleville on Saturday at 2pm. This will be a big game for both sides however it will play second fiddle to the current league campaigns of both sides.
Charleville 13 Clonakilty 25
CHARLEVILLE will look to this game as a way to get back on the horse after suffering their second loss of the season last weekend. Clonakilty saw off the men in red by 25-13 moving up to second while sending Charleville down to eight in the table.
Muskerry 14 Kinsale 14
MUSKERRY played out a 14-14 draw with Kinsale last weekend with Wayne Falvey and Timmy Lynch scoring tries for the sea siders with Barry McCrory converting both five pointers. Lewis Grice touched down for Muskerry’s one and only try with Jonathan Buckley bagging the rest of his side’s scores - three penalties.
Fermoy 24 Castleisland 0
THERE was better fortune for Fermoy who saw off Castleisland 24-0. Tries from Peter Skuse, Conor Ahern and Tom Murphy set Charleville on their way with a penalty and three conversions from Dylan Lacey.
Charleville v Mallow at 2pm
Kanturk 14, Galbally 12
Munster Junior League Division 2
Ballincollig 14, Waterford City 16 Clonakilty 25, Charleville 13 Fermoy 24, Castleisland 0 Kinsale 14, Muskerry 14
Old Christians 7, Mallow 57
Munster Junior League Division 3
Mitchelstown 25, Dungarvan 13
Junior 2 League South
Cobh Pirates 25, Muskerry 0
Munster Club U-18 Conference 2
Kanturk-Charleville 7, Abbeyfeale 25
Munster Club U-18 Conference 4
Muskerry 17, Bandon 8 Skibbereen 15, Ballincollig 6
Munster Club U-18 Conference 5
Mallow 24, Douglas-Carrigaline 15
Munster Club U-18 Conference 6
Fermoy 5, Waterpark 20
Munster Club U-16 Conference 2
Kanturk 3, Killarney 20
Munster Club U-16 Conference 3
Bandon 20, Ballincollig 0
Munster Club U-16 Conference 4
Charleville 7, Old Christians 29 Mallow 12, Sunday’s Well 27
Girls U-16 League Conference B
Ballina-Killaloe 90, Mallow 10
Jeremy Loughman of Munster in action during the Guinness PRO14 Round 8 match between Cheetahs and Munster at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein, South AfricaPhoto by Sportsfile All but Mallow and Charleville will sit it out next weekend before returning to serious action the following Sunday.