The firsts were back in action in the All Ireland League on Saturday after a five week Yuletide break, travelling to Cork to play UCC at the Mardyke.
The journey proved fruitless however as a combination of an excellent students’ outfit and some yellow cards being issued to three Cashel players in a short period of time just before the interval. The 18-0 half time deficit proved to be insurmountable and try as Cashel did, their efforts were in vain and they succumbed by a 28-10 score line. Due to a succession of injuries and the loss of some established players to emigration results have been less than expected. However, two more victories would consolidate the team’s mid table position. The 2nd’s had no game as their away fixture to Highfield was called off due. The 3rd’s had a good win by 21-7 over another Cork side Shandon in the Junior 2 Cup in atrocious conditions at Spafield on Sunday. The fact that this fixture went ahead at all is testament to the new drainage system which was installed last Summer. The game saw the welcome return of Colin Morrissey, and a four and a half star performance from the team’s supremely talented multi-code full back Michael Mackey. Michael converted a Cormack O’Donnell try, scored one himself, and kicked 4 penalties. He was docked a half star for failing to convert his own try.