Limerick Rugby
Don't Miss

Good start for Abbeyfeale and Richmond as MJL 1 kicks off

By Aidan Corr
THERE was plenty of junior rugby action this week-end with McInerney Cup games on Saturday and the opening fixtures of the Munster Junior Leagues kicking off throughout the province today. All Limerick junior clubs, apart from Presentaiton (competing only in the Gleeson League this season) and St Mary’s (today’s game called off due to a bereavement in the Ballincollig club) were in action.
MJL1, Galbally 14, Richmond 34: Leading 24-0 at the break, Richmond made a statement of intent today in Galbally with this fine victory. The squad has trained hard pre-season and kicking off their campaign with an away bonus point win is certainly impressive.
Keelan Stephenson has been in great form so far and he scored a hat-trick of tries with Jeff McNamara and Sean Bennett scoring a try each. Brian Mullins chipped in with a penalty and two conversions while Tadhg Bennett kicked a conversion.
Newcastle West 18, Clanwillilam 25: It appears that the Tipperary side will be serious contenders for the title this season and they impressed with this victory in Newcastle West today. Sean Herlihy kicked two penalties as well as converting Damien Kelly’s first half try and the West had their noses in front at the break, leading 13-11. Damien Kelly scored his second try in the second half but Clanwilliam pushed forward in that second 40 minutes, adding two converted tries to their tally.
St Senan’s 0, Abbeyfeale 23: This impressive performance by Abbeyfeale sets up a very interesting West Limerick derby game next Sunday when they entertain Newcastle West in the second round of this league. This fixture provided one of the best games of the campaign last season.
The Abbeyfeale coaches will be very pleased that their defence kept the opposition scoreless on this occasion but, according to their spokesman Conor Prendiville, there is still room for improvement.
Derry O’Connor was in blistering form for ‘Feale and scored a try, three penalties and two conversions while their other try came from Liam O’Connor.
MJL2, Ballincollig v St Mary’s, was called off.
Other MJL1 results were, Cobh 7, Bandon 66; Kanturk 13, Waterpark 10; Skibbereen 7, Clonmel 51; Youghal 19, Kilfeacle and District 38. MJL2, Clonakilty 20, Thurles 18; Crosshaven 10, Muskerry 9; Killarney 3, Castleisland 15; Kinsale 13, Mallow 12; Old Christians 36, Mitchelstown 20.
In the Munster Seconds League Shannon have a big win over Bruff in Kilballyowen, 10-45 and Young Munster romped home with a 64-8 victory over Old Crescent.
In the McInerney Cup, Shannon had a close win over Richmond, 21-18 in Coonagh thanks to tries by Diarmuid Cassidy, TomO’Neill and Robert Brown while Ronan Hunt landed three conversions. Richmond fought right to the finish in this thriller and had tries from Niall Benson and Vinny Mooney with Brian O’Neill kicking two penalties and a conversion.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login