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Munster Junior League wins for St Mary’s and Newcastle West

By Aidan Corr
TODAY’S two Limerick derby games provided exciting affairs with Newcastle West shading it against visitors Richmond and St Mary’s coming away from their game in Galbally with their first league win of the campaign.
In the other game involving a local club, Abbeyfeale played a thrilling share of the points with visitors Bandon.
Other results today: Waterpark lost to Clanwilliam 16-17, Skibbereen beat Kanturk 20-10, St Senan’s went down 17-33 at home to Clonmel and Kilfeacle had a narrow 23-20 home victory over Crosshaven.
The results mean that Clonmel top the table with 14 points, Skibbereen are in second place with 13, Richmond and Bandon share the next rungs of the ladder with 11 points while Newcastle West, who have a game in hand, are on 9 points. At the other end of the table, Abbeyfeale and St Mary’s have 4 points.
MJL1, Galbally 13, St Mary’s 19: The ‘Saints’ registered their first win of their campaign with this hard-earned victory away to Galbally. There was an early blow for the city side when they had a man sent off on 22 minutes but, showing great club spirit, the 14-man blue and whites dug in to snatch victory at the end of a gripping encounter.
Galbally led at the break 8-6, St Mary’s Paul Loughran kicking a brace of penalties. The second half was keenly contested with St Mary’s showing great commitment, despite Galbally’s numerical advantage. Paul Loughran kicked a brace of penalties for the Saints to put further distance between the sides at 12-8 but a Galbally unconverted try gave them the advantage going into the last ten minutes.
St Mary’s used their pack to conjure up a winning score and although Darragh Fitzgerald got over the line, the referee whistled for a penalty try which gave the visitors a welcome victory.
NewcastleWest 24, Richmond 19 (by Tim Mulcahy): Played at home on another fine October afternoon, this was a fantastic result for Newcastle West where the whole squad was required to stand up and be counted. It was a game where each side was not prepared to give an inch and it was a typical junior derby clash.
With the score 3-0 at half-time to Newcastle West, from a Sean Herlihy penalty, Richmond scored a try by Keelan Stephenson, converted by Brian Mullins, early in the second half and this ignited them up front. The West replied when prop Declan Moloney made the most of a mistake by the greens. He picked the ball from the back of a ruck and ran over under the posts. Sean Herlihy converted to take the score to 10-7. Both teams were competing for the ball up front and Ed Powell recycled a ball where Sean Murphy again evaded three would-be tacklers to cross the whitewash. Herlihy again converted to leave the score 17-7.
Richmond rallied and after relentless pounding of the home line they crossed for an unconverted try from Eoin Hanley to take the score to 17-12. Benefitting from the calm and experience of their captain Sean Herlihy, Newcastle West scored again, Herlihy delivering a superb skip pass allowing a combination of James Kelly, Iain Corbett and Sean Murphy to put Sean Ivess over the line and Herlihy again converting.
The score now stood at 24-12 with seven minutes remaining and the visitors needed two scores to win. And score they did, James Reeves dotting down and Brian Mullins adding the extras to leave five points between the teams with three minutes on the clock. Richmond attacked and ran everything at the home defence in a thrilling finale but they could not break down the home side’s defence.
Scorers, Newcastle West, Declan Moloney try, Sean Murphy try, Sean Ivess try, Sean Herlihy three conversions and one penalty. Richmond, tries Keelan Stephenson, Eoin Hanley and James Reeves; two conversions Brian Mullins.
Newcastle West squad: Squad; Ger O Flaherty, Sean Corbett, Aaron O Brien, Jason Woulfe, Sean Herlihy Capt., Tommy Kelleher Jnr, , Ed Powell, Sean Murphy, Michael Bourke, Sean Ivess, , Ben Geary, Shane Magner, Dave Foley, Taliolega Tuaau, , Damián Kelly, Kenneth Browne,I ain Corbett, Donal O Sullivan, James Kelly, Martin Mullane
Abbeyfeale 25 Bandon 25: This was a great spectacle but home side Abbeyfeale will regret losing a 20-6 lead. Bandon then staged a recovery that saw them score 19 unanswered points going into the final minutes only for Abbeyfeale to level the tie .
Plenty of tries in this game with Abbeyfeale’s scores coming from tries by James O’Mara, Kieran McCarthy and two from Philip Collins while Stevie Daly kicked a penalty and a conversion.
“It was a superb performance from Abbeyfeale,” one of their club members told us, “but we are bitterly disappointed that we did not kick on when we had that 14 point lead.”

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