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Day of thrills and regrets for local junior sides

(Pictured, Pat Humphreys in his Richmond days, turned out with Kilfeacle and District today)
By Aidan Corr
FOUR wins for Limerick’s junior sides today in the Munster leagues with Newcastle West retaining their second place in the table with another success, Richmond beating Kilfeacle away from home, Galbally chalking up another victory, this time at home to Clanwilliam and in division two of the MJL, St Mary’s again showing form with a bonus point win in Grove Island.
Abbeyfeale lost narrowly to Skibbereen while Waterford City got the better of visitors Presentation.
MJL1, Galbally 25, Clanwilliam 19: This was a real cracker of a league game played in Killinane. Clanwilliam took an early lead when they scored a converted try after just two minutes and while Jack O’Mullane left just a point between the sides with a brace of penalties, the visitors scored a second try, this one unconverted, to leave them leading 12-6 at the break.
The physicality of this encounter did not ease in the second half and a try by Liam Casey left just one point between the sides ten minutes into the second period. The Tipperary boys were certainly up for this game and another converted try saw they race 19-11 in front. Galbally again responded and a try and conversion by Michael Donovan ensured a tight finish at 19-18. When Clanwilliam spilled a ball on halfway, Galbally were gifted possession, Kevin O’Donoghue and Michael Donovan chased a kick down the middle and a professional foul on the latter saw the referee award a penalty try which Donovan converted with ease. Galbally had some anxious moments near the end but they held out for a thrilling victory.
Kilfeacle and District 14, Richmond 21: This was also a very entertaining game with the city side running out victorious thanks to the accuracy of their kicker Brian Mullins who landed seven penalties. Kilfeacle will look back on the fixture as one where their discipline let them down but overall Richmond deserved the win that keeps their interest alive in this league race.
Former Richmond and Garryowen hooker Pat Humphreys turned out with Kilfeacle and with four decades behind him, he put in an impressive performance.
Newcastle West 29, Old Christians10: The Cork side provided stubborn resistance and deprived the West of a winning bonus point. The home side led 16-3 at half time with their scores coming from a try by Niall Kennedy and three penalties and a conversion from the boot of Sean Herlihy. Christians scored a converted try in the second half but another Newcastle West try from Tommy Kelliher and two further penalties and a conversion by Sean Herlihy sealed the victory that keeps they very much in the running for league honours.
Skibbereen 27, Abbeyfeale 26: The Limerick side were very disappointed to lose by just a single point at The Showgrounds having lost to the same opposition in a cup competition a few weeks previous. It was nip and tuck for must of the 80 minutes with the home side leading 14-12 at the short whistle. Skibb raced into a 27-12 lead midway through the second half but Abbeyfeale, not for the first time this season, dug in deep to claw back the scoreline to just one point. Scorers for ‘Feale were tries by Tom Hassett, John Murphy a brace from Michael Roche with Tom Hassett, Michael Roche and Phillip Collins all landing conversions.
“We’re disappointed but we got some consolation by getting a bonus point for the four tries and this could be valuable at the end of the campaign,” Abbeyfeale RFC’s Conor Prendiville told us.
MJL2, St Mary’s 29, Ballincollig 14: Played in Grove Island, St Mary’s secured another win that will boost their confidence for the games ahead. Four tries, two from Brian Purcell and one each from Greg Barry and Tommy Galvin, ensured the winning bonus point while Adam Guerin was in good kicking form, landing three conversions and a penalty.
Waterford City 54, Presentation 13: A bad day for Pres on their visit to Kilbarry with the South East side running up a big scored over the 80 minutes. Ger Clancy and Craig Airey scored a try each for the Rathuard side, who were reduced to 13 players for the last 12 minutes, while Airey also kicked a penalty.
Under 18 Club International: Portugal 12, Ireland 46;
Munster Junior League Division 1: Clonakilty 5, Clonmel 22;
Cobh Pirates 34, St. Senan’s 28;
Galbally 25, Clanwillim 19;
Kilfeacle 14, Richmond 21;
Muskerry 3, Bandon 7;
Newcastle West 29, Old Christians 10;
Skibbereen 27, Abbeyfeale 26;
Division 2: Castleisland 6, Charleville 3;
Mallow 9, Kinsale 14;
St. Mary’s 29, Ballincollig 14;
Thurles 10, Ennis 12;
Tralee 10, Waterpark 51;
Waterford City 51, Presentation 13;
Youghal 38, Crosshaven 16;
Division 3: Chorca Dhuibhne 55, Dungarvan 20;
Douglas-Carrigaline 36, Bantry Bay 3;
Fermoy 5, Killorglin 12;
Mitchelstown 3, Killarney 19;

Gleeson League Section A: Young Munster 12, U.L. Bohemian 21;

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