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Disappointing Richmond crash out of the All-Ireland Junior Cup

By Aidan Corr
THERE was just one game last week-end, Richmond entertaining Enniscorthy in the opening round of the All-Ireland Junior Cup at Richmond Park.
The Canal Bank side are having a good season so far and when they led early in this game, 13-5 after 28 minutes and 18-10 to the good at the break, hopes were high of a home victory.
It was not to be. Richmond fell asunder in the second 40 minutes during which they failed to add to their half time tally and conceded 22 unanswered points to the Leinster side.
The opening half saw Richmond play some lovely rugby and tries by Keelan Stephenson, Brian Mullins and Sean Considine, as well as a penalty by Mullins, had the home fans in optimistic mode.
“We had loads of possession during that second half but just could not get the scores,” a disappointed Natalie McNamara of Richmond told us.
Enniscorthy looked a different side in the second half, running in a couple of tries and they were fully deserving of their victory.
This week-end sees the return of a full junior rugby fixture list with all five Limerick clubs in action. Pick of the batch on Sunday is the meeting of Clonmel and Newcastle West at the Tipperary venue. The Limerick side is doing well this season and are nicely placed in the table but they are short a few players for this trip to Tipp. Abbeyfeale are also away, they travel to play Clanwilliam while Galbally visit Kanturk in search of badly needed league points.
Richmond were disappointed with their defeat away to NCW in their last league game and they will see next Sunday’s home clash with Crosshaven as an opportunity to get back to winning ways. St Mary’s face a tricky away fixture against Waterpark. The Saints need to harvest as many league points as possible this side of the Christmas break but after their win in their previous fixture away to Galbally, which they won 13-19, they will go into this next test with renewed confidence.
Fixtures, kick-off 2.30 unless otherwise stated:
Sunday, November 4:
Munster Junior League Division 1: Bandon v St. Senan’s, Bandon; Clanwilliam v Abbeyfeale, Clanwilliam Park; Clonmel v Newcastle West, Clonmel; Kanturk v Galbally, Kanturk; Kilfeacle v Skibbereen, Kilfeacle; Richmond v Crosshaven, Richmond Park; Waterpark v St. Mary’s, Ballinakill.
Division 2: Ballincollig v Waterford City, Tanner Park; Clonakilty v Charleville, Clonakilty; Cobh Pirates v Fethard, Cobh; Fermoy v Castleisland, Fermoy; Kinsale v Muskerry, Kinsale; Old Christians v Mallow, Rathcooney; Youghal v Thurles, Youghal;
Division 3: Chorca Dhuibhne v Killarney, Ballydavid; Dunmanway v Bantry Bay, Dunmanway; Ennis v Douglas-Carrigaline, Ennis; Mitchelstown v Dungarvan, Mitchelstown; Tralee v Killorglin, Tralee.

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