Ennis 42 Old Crescent 0
A third-round date with Richmond in two weeks time awaits Ennis, following their runaway victory over Old Crescent in their Munster Junior Cup tie at Ennis on Sunday.
The winners dominated the tie but they had to wait until the second half before translating their dominance into scores.
They led 6-0 at the halfway point, thanks to two penalties from Bryan Murphy, but their first-half play was such that they should have been much further in front at this stage of the game.
Murphy added a third penalty early in the second half before Seán O’Flanagan finally got the side’s first try of the afternoon. Murphy added the points and Ennis continued to assert their superiority and quickly added a second try, this time Rory Murphy getting the vital touch down. A third try followed from Gary Duggan, before substitute Noel Downes grabbed two tries. The remaining points came from the boot of Bryan Murphy.
This week, the attention switches back to the league as Ennis, very much in need of points, take on Clanwilliam.
Ennis: Ger Fannin, Nialll McMahon, Seán O’Flanagan, Gary Duggan, Greg O’Flanagan, Bryan Murphy, David Murphy, Damian Forde, Rory Murphy, Roy Duggan, Paddy Harding, Jason Considine, Brian Farrell, Liam Ryan, Eric McInerney.
Subs: Mark O’Halloran, Noel Downes, Eoin Downes, Stephen Dunne and Enda Galvin.
Abbeyfeale 26 Scariff 17
Scariff went down 25-17 in a tough, fast-paced encounter in Abbeyfeale on Sunday. The home team went ahead early on after poor defence from Scariff saw the winners get in for a try. Scariff responded quickly with a try from Michael Madden after good pressure from the side, leaving the score 7-5 to the visitors.
A penalty from Michael Madden left the score 10-5 as half-time approached. However, the Scariff defence again slipped up and Abbeyfeale got in to score two more tries before the break, which left the score 15-10 at half-time.
A try in the first five minutes of the second half increased Abbeyfeale’s lead to 20-10. Scariff then upped it a gear and scored a great try.
The attack started inside their own 22 and good work from Robbie Madden, Conor MacNamarra, Marcus O’Neill and Rory Slattery led to a five-yard scrum from which Michael Madden scored his second try of the game to bring the score to 20-17. A try from Abbeyfeale in the last quarter put some gloss on the score for the home team.
Scariff will feel that, at the very least, a losing bonus point should have been taken from the game.
Scariff: David Harte, Colin Bugler, Joe McGrath, Rory Slattery, Marcus O’Neill, Bernard McGrath, Henry Mooney, Robbie Madden (captain), Barry Gibbons, Michael Madden, Robert Drealin, Steve Madden, Kenny Mason, Michael Knowles, Conor McNamara.
Replacements: Paul McTiernan, Shane Gibbons and Trevor Kelly.
Kilrush and Scariff both have home games in Division 3 of the league this Sunday. Kilrush will have Castleisland as visitors to Monmore, while Scariff will entertain Killarney and both games will kick off at 2.30pm.