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Munster legend Leamy's Clonmel miss out on magnificent double

Shannon were crowned Junior Cup champions as the Tipp club relinquished their crown.

DENIS LEAMY’S CLONMEL side missed out on a special Munster Junior League and Junior Cup double as they were beaten 33-19 in the final of the latter competition at Musgrave Park.

Ronan O'Gara, Denis Leamy and Lifeimi Mafi Leamy [centre] was a superb back row for Munster and Ireland. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

This afternoon’s clash in Cork was a replay, with the sides having drawn 16-16 in an entertaining tie last weekend.

Leamy’s men were defending their title against Shannon, but tries for Munster academy prop Niall Horan, back row David Quinlan and Ireland U20 wing Greg O’Shea, as well as Ronan McKenna’s kicking, helped to secure success for the famous Limerick club.

Scores from Stephen Pyke and Ronan Crosse, as well as Conor Cooney’s place-kicking, kept Clonmel highly competitive but they came up short in the end.

Clonmel have had a sensational season nonetheless, winning Munster Junior League Division 1 for the first time and securing the Munster Junior Clubs Cup, Their J2 outfit won the Dave Dineen Cup.

The club’s women’s team also managed to record a hugely impressive double, winning the Munster Women’s League Division 1 title and picking up a Munster Cup with a win over Abbeyfeale.

Former Munster and Ireland back row Leamy has been head coach of Clonmel’s senior men’s team since 2013, having initially joined the Tipperary club as an assistant. The 33-year-old, who retired from playing professionally in 2012, has also been working as forwards coach with Rockwell College.

John Connery and Joe Wisener receives the Junior club of the year award on behalf of Clonmel from Dave Foley and Ultan O'Callaghan John Connery and Joe Winston received the Munster Junior Club of the Year award from Munster's Dave Foley and Ultan O'Callaghan. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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