15th October 2016.
Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup 1st Round.
Bandon 21 Clonmel 06.
Bandon: Jack Murphy; Christian Mulcahy; Kerry Desmond; Alex Morrissey; Olan Crowley; Sean Og Murphy; Scott Mogford; Colin Jackson; Scott Kingston; Tim Crowley; JP Lucey; Enda Phelan; Gareth Burton; Tom Ferguson (c); Kieran Phelan.
Subs: Mike Murphy; Aidan Slattery; Mark Phenlan; Des Prendergast; Phil Murphy.
After suffering defeat to the same opposition in the league game in Tipperary three weeks ago, Bandon overturned the league champions in impressive fashion under lights at Old Chapel on Saturday night. Defending the clubhouse end but playing with the breeze in the first half, the home side started positively, using the carrying ability of their pack to good effect. They took the lead on five minutes through a Sean Og Murphy penalty. This was cancelled out on twenty seven minutes when Clonmel kicked a penalty. From the resulting kick off, a dropped ball had the visitors under pressure and Kerry Desmond almost broke through for a score. The ball was recycled through the forwards several times, before Desmond again was held up short of the line on the left hand side. From the resulting ruck Scott Mogford popped the ball out and Olan Crowley finished well in the corner. Bandon rounded off the half with a Sean Og Murphy penalty from over forty metres to leave it 11-03 at the break.
Clonmel registered another penalty to reduce the gap to five (11-06) on forty four minutes. The next quarter saw the Tipperary outfit struggle to get out of their half and this pressure ultimately told when a Sean Og Murphy grubber kick from ten metres out resulted in an in-goal scramble that saw Philip Murphy get the touchdown (16-06). The game was put beyond doubt four minutes later when a sweeping move to the left hand side of the field found blindside wing forward Gareth Burton with a bit of space. Holding the ball in two hands, he put enough doubt in the defending winger’s mind, before deciding to go himself and crash over the line (21-06). Clonmel did launch a late rally but the Bandon defence looked reasonably comfortable in the closing minutes and managed to keep them out.
Bandon’s next fixture in this competition will be a home quarter final against Limerick side Richmond on the week ending the 20th November. Of more pressing concern will be this coming weekend’s game in the Munster Junior League against neighbours Clonakilty, which takes place on Sunday 23rd October at 2:30pm, in Bandon. Both sides will also be competing for the John (Doc) O’Driscoll Cup, in honour of Bandon RFC’s late great member.
15th October 2016.