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Impressive win for Clonmel on UL pitch keeps them on title target

By Aidan Corr
WITH two series of games remaining, the Munster Junior League division one title rests between Clonmel, Bandon and Newcastle West, with the Tipperary side slight favourites to take the laurels after their big win today over Richmond. Bandon kept their hopes alive with a win in Kilfeacle while Newcastle West have also held onto their hopes thanks to a bonus point win away to Skibbereen.
Abbeyfeale pleased their supporters with a comfortable victory over St Mary’s in Grove Island while Galbally gave their survival hopes a boost with a home win over St Senan’s.
Richmond 12, Clonmel 38: Played on the 4G pitch at the University of Limerick, Clonmel were comfortable winners over the Limerick side, running in six tries to two. The Tipperary side were in superb form in this game and they are now poised to reap sufficient league points in their final two games to be crowned champions. They dominated this game with Richmond’s two tries, one each from Brian Mullins (pictured) and Jonathan Tully, and a conversion by Mike Kelliher, coming in the latter stages of a one-sided game.
Skibbereen 17, Newcastle West 35: ‘Skib’ were were well in this game at the break and trailed by just two points, 17-21. They failed to score in a second half that saw the Limerick side add tries from Sean Murphy and Brian O’Sullivan, both converted by Sean Herlihy.
Murphy and O’Sullivan also scored tries in the opening half for NCW, Michael Bourke added a third and Sean Herlihy kicked three conversions.
St Mary’s 18, Abbeyfeale 33: It has been a testing campaign for St Mary’s, winning just one of their league games from 11 outings and they took a step further towards relegation with this defeat at home in Grove Island. The ‘Saints’ had the benefit of the wind in the opening 40 minutes but they were down 12-0 in the early stages of the game. For the rest of the half the home side were on top and they went in at the break leading 13-12.
Abbeyfeale scored a converted try early in the second half to go into a 13-19 lead but St Mary’s showed great character to score another try to make it 18-19 with ten minutes remaining. Abbeyfeale stepped on the gas in those final stages with two converted tries and ran out winners 18-33.
Richard Wallace, Aaron Noonan and Darragh Kerley scored tries for St Mary’s while Alan Kiely kicked a penalty. Abbeyfeale’s scores came from tries by Michael Roche, Trent Reki 2, Derry O’Connor and a penalty try while Derry O’Connor kicked three conversions.
Galbally 17, St Senan’s 0: This win for Galbally will ease some of their relegation fears. St Senan’s are still not out of the drop zone and they will face some anxious moments in their remaining two fixtures.

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