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‘Saints’ shattered after Youghal ‘bonus’ win

By Aidan Corr
“REGRETS, we’ve had a few,” sums up St Mary’s feelings after they were pipped for promotion to division one of the Munster Junior League this Sunday. The blue and white team reaped the necessary bonus point victory away to Tralee but Youghal’s bonus point victory in Waterford secured the sought-after elevation ticket.
“We’re disappointed,” the Saints’ Christy McNamara told us. “Fair play to the lads they got the five points in Tralee but this league was lost when we conceded that late bonus point win to Youghal in Grove Island. We lost only two games, both at home, during the entire campaign. Youghal lost three games but they had more bonus points than us. We’ll be back next season and we will start planning for that challenge as soon as possible.”
St Mary’s have amalgamated with Thomond for this season’s Webb Cup where they will meet the winners of Shannon and Clonmel in the next round.
Also today Newcastle West had an exciting victory over Clonakilty and Galbally went down to Skibbereen. In division two Presentation had a good win over Charleville in Rathuard. Here are the details:
MJL1, Newcastle West 14, Charleville 13: This was a closely fought encounter with the West just scraping the victory by the narrowest of margins. The home side trailed 7-10 at the break, their score coming from a try by Michael O’Leary and a conversion by Sean Herlihy. Clonakilty could only muster a penalty in the second period while Newcastle snatched victory with a second try, this one from Sean Murphy and Herlihy added the extra two points.
Skibbereen 9, Galbally 0: It is not often that Galbally fail to put a score on the board in this division but the County Cork side held them scoreless for the full 80 minutes. Galbally were short a number of first choice players but were still disappointed to end their season with this defeat.
MJL2, Tralee 14, St Mary’s 29: With the outcome of these last round of fixtures out of St Mary’s hands, they achieved what was asked of them by getting the winning bonus point victory. Word from Waterford was what they did not want to hear with Youghal securing a winning bonus ten minutes into the second half of their match away to City.
Two first half tries had the Saints on the road to victory and the 14-7 halftime advantage was encouraging for the big support that travelled from Limerick for this crucial game. Adam Guerin and Brian Purcell got the Grove Island boys’ opening tries, both converted by Adam Guerin and with Youghal not yet safe in their game, a bit of optimism began to creep into the St Mary’s camp. The second half saw St Mary’s add tries from Owen O’Byrne, Stephen Frawley and Tommy Galvin, Sean Lyons and Adam Guerin kicking the rest of the points, but joy was turned into disappointment in the visitors’ dressing when news of Youghal’s five pointer came through.
Presentation 13, Charleville 11: The Rathuard side ended their campaign with a well-deserved home win over the Cork side. It was close throughout but a piece of excellent rugby from Pres which saw Ger Clancy score a great individual try from a set-piece inside his own half, proved to be the winning score. Craig Airey kicked two penalties and the conversion.

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