Saturday 18 November 2017

Holders Tullamore storm to semis by smashing Monivea for six

TULLAMORE and Enniscorthy advanced to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup last Saturday with home wins but Newbridge exited at the quarter-final stage away in Fermanagh to Clogher Valley.

Holders Tullamore welcomed last season's vanquished finalists Monivea to Spollanstown and scored six tries in dispatching the east Galway club 47-17 in an impressive performance.

Full-back Brian Geraghty and wingers Conor Molloy and Tom Gilligan scored first-half touchdowns to ease the home side into a 22-10 interval lead. After the break it was veteran centre Ivor Scully who added a brace of tries before replacement Colin Hughes completed the sextet of five-pointers shortly before the final whistle.

Their reward for advancing to the penultimate round of the Junior Cup is a trip to Kanturk, the north Cork side beating last season's Ulster Junior League champions Cooke 32-24.

Enniscorthy are competing in the Junior Cup for the first time and are certainly acquitting themselves admirably with a 15-8 win at home in Ross Road over Donaghadee.

It is fitting that Enniscorthy are currently enjoying life at the top as the club is celebrating its centenary year, and to mark that milestone a Centenary Book has been published. The 'Centenary Book - Enniscorthy Rugby Football Club 1912-2012' is available on-line via the club website.

Newbridge are in action tomorrow evening in Division 1A of the Leinster League when they entertain Garda in a rearranged fixture, a game that kicks off at 5pm. A win for the hosts would catapult them back up to second place.

In other Leinster League action last week, Roscrea, North Kildare and West Offaly Lions al won their matches.

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