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St Mary’s best in Munster Junior Plate final

By Aidan Corr Munster Junior Plate final, St Mary’s 31, Tralee 15: PLAYED in Newcastle West tonight, St Mary’s lifted their third junior trophy of the season when they overcame a late Tralee rally to win by a margin of 16 points. Next Sunday they will meet Cobh Pirates in the final of the Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup in Musgrave Park (time to be arranged) where a fourth cup success may require them to extend their trophy room! The Saints started well with the benefit of the breeze and a penalty and a try from their star out-half Ben Sargeant had them leading 8-0 after 15 minutes. With their pack again effective both in the loose and at the set-piece, St Mary’s were dominant and a try from Anthony Morgan converted by Ben Sargeant increased the lead to 15-0. Tralee struggled to get a footing in the Limerick 22 and a third try, this time from Barry Kelly, and a conversion and penalty by Sargeant, followed by a well-taken Tralee touchdown, saw the Saints go in at the break with a comfortable 25-5 advantage. The second half saw the Kerry side start in explosive fashion and they ran in two tries without reply to reduce the lead to 25-15. Showing great character, the Saints did not panic and two Ben Sargeant penalties killed off the Tralee challenge with the final score showing a comfortable victory for St Mary’s, 31-15. There was some disappointment in the St Mary’s camp when no member of the Munster Branch was present to make the presentation of the Munster Junior Plate to the winning captain.

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