Young Munster triumph in Munster derby

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ON the occasion of the 30th anniversary reunion of their AIL winning side, the current Young Munster outfit fittingly produced a stirring comeback to topple arch-rivals Cork Constitution (22-21) in Division 1A at Tom Clifford Park.

The home side had trailed by a whopping 18 points at half time.

Stephen McLoughlin(2) and James O’Brien scored tries for The Cookies, two of which were converted by Shane O’Leary, who also landed a penalty.
Elsewhere in the top-flight, tries by Jack O’Donnell, Lee Nicholas, and Sam Birrane were not enough for Shannon, who lost away to leaders Clontarf 38-21.

Mike Cooke converted all three tries for The Parish outfit.

In 1B, Garryowen and UCC shared 70 points in a thrilling encounter at Dooradoyle.

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Outstanding Colm Quilligan scored a hat trick of tries for the Light Blues, Colm Hogan and Bryan Fitgerald were the home side’s other try scorers.

Jack Delaney kicked two penalties and a conversion. Jack Oliver also added a conversion.

In the 2A Derby, Old Crescent squeezed by UL Bohemian 24-20 at Annacotty with tries from Dáithí Byrnes and Cathal Monaghan.

Ronan McKenna converted one of the tries and also added four penalties.

Killian Dineen, Paul Clancy, and Joe Johnson replied with tries for Bohs, and Harry Byrne knocked over a conversion penalty.

There is a break in league action now until the new year.

For the record, the Tony Grant coached Young Munster side which lined-out in the deciding victory over St Mary’s College at Lansdowne Road (attendance approximately 17,000) back in 1993 was: Ger McNamara; Niall McNamara, Noel O’Meara, Francis Brosnihan, James McNamara; Aidan O’Halloran, Derek Tobin; John Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald, Peter Clohessy, Peter Meehan, Ray Ryan, Ger Clohessy (captain), Declan Edwards, Ger Earls.

Substitutes used: Michael Benson and Derek Mullane.