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Richmond beat Abbeyfeale to stage challenge for league title

By Aidan Corr
RICHMOND got the perfect start to the New Year at the Canal Bank venue this afternoon, beating Abbeyfeale convincingly to give their chances of being in the mix for the Munster Junior League division one title a major boost. Next Sunday they travel to play Clanwilliam.
Two local sides crashed out of the Munster Junior Cup, Buff losing away to Ennis and Thomond also suffering a defeat, going down to Tralee.
MJL1, Richmond 31, Abbeyfeale 13: This was a good result for Richmond and puts them, temporarily at least, on top of the table. The green and whites ran in five tries, three from Jeffrey McNamara, one from Keelan Stephenson and one from Tadhg Bennett, who also kicked three conversions. Richmond had a narrow 5-3 lead at the break, Derry O’Connor kicking the Abbeyfeale three points, but the flood gates opened up for them in the second period as they ran up a further 26 points. Abbeyfeale fought bravely to the end but tries from Stephen Cahill and Tom Hassett were not enough to take something from this visit to the city.
Next week-end St Mary’s are at home to Fermoy and Old Crescent host Thurles in the Munster Junior Cup. Details for these games will be announced tomorrow.
In the Gleeson League at the week-end Garryowen had a 31-19 win over Richmond and St Senan’s beat Presentation in Jim Slattery Park 10-7. Old Crescent beat Newport 36-0 in Rosbrien, UL Bohs had a big win over Newcastle West/Abbeyfeale while St Mary’s could only muster up 13 players for their trip to Ennis and that game is to be re-arranged.

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