Big day for Monivea rugby in national cup

• The pick of the junior rugby games is in Monivea this weekend when Monivea RFC return to All Ireland action on Saturday. They take on Ballymoney RFC from Ulster in the All Ireland Junior Cup at 2.30pm.

Monivea had a hard-fought battle against Munster side Cashel, but eventually prevailed 23 - 19 to book their place in the quarter-finals. They now face an Antrim outfit that overcame favourites Boyne of Leinster in extra time, winning 27 - 23.

Monivea, having lost their home advantage in the semi-finals last season due to the weather, will be keen to make it count this weekend so they can advance to the last four again. Last year they lost to current holder City Of Derry in that rearranged fixture.

A second Connacht club is also involved in this weekend’s quarter-final with Sligo taking on Armagh. In the tie of the first round, Sligo overcame the 2009 cup winners Tullamore with a 19-11 win at Spollanstown. Now Sligo entertain last season's beaten finalists Armagh, who overcame Tralee by 34 -23.

• Connacht rugby results: Cawley Cup, Portumna 29 Ballinrobe 24; UCG 10 Loughrea 30; Sligo 24 Castlebar 12; Monivea 26 Creggs 7; Ballina 54 Gort 0; OLBC 28 Westport 3. Junior Division 2A, Ballina 11 Sligo 8; Buccaneers 7 Monivea 7. U17 Div 1, Ballinasloe 11 Sligo 10; Buccaneers 7 Westport 8; Ballina 10 Corinthians 12; Connemara 0 Galwegians 59; Monivea 21 Corinthians 5. U17 Division 2, Carrick 0 Sligo 41. Under 14 North, Creggs 19 Ballina 19. U14 South, Loughrea 36 Tuam 26; Gort 15 Ballinasloe 18; Monivea 0 Corinthians 34. Supermacs Schools Junior Development Cup u-16, St Enda’s Galway 16 Clifden CS 12; Connacht Schools u-14 League SW, An Cheathru Rua 47 Clifden CS 24.

• Connacht rugby fixtures: Saturday November 27, Women’s interprovincial series: Connacht v Ulster, Galway Sportsground 12 noon. U-13 North (all games 12 noon ), Ballina v Dunmore; Ballaghadereen v Claremorris; Tuam v Sligo; Westport v Monivea; U-3 South, Ballinasloe v Creggs; Buccaneers v Corinthians; Loughrea v Galwegians 2 ; Oughterard v Galwegians;

Sunday, Women’s Connacht League, AIT v UCG at Dubarry Park (12 noon ); Sligo v Carrick ( 12 noon ).Junior Division 2A (all games 2.30pm ), Creggs v Corinthians; Monivea v Ballina; Tuam v Buccaneers; U-19 Junior League (all games 12 noon ), Westport v Dunmore; Loughrea v Sligo , at Loughrea; Corrib v Ballinasloe; Buccaneers v Monivea; U-17 Div 1, Sligo v Connemara; Corinthians v Ballinasloe; Westport v Ballina; Monivea v Buccaneers; U-16 League, Buccaneers v Galwegians; Westport v Ballina; Galwegians 2 v Corinthians; U- 14 North, Version 2, Castlebar v Ballina; Westport v Sligo; U-4 North, Castlebar v Ballina; Creggs v Ballinrobe; Westport v Sligo; U-14 South, Ballinasloe v Tuam; Buccaneers v Gort; Galwegians v Corinthians; Loughrea v Monivea.


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