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Kilfeacle and District have one hand on the division one trophy

By Aidan Corr
‘IT ain’t over ‘till it’s over’ they say and the way Newcastle West are hanging in despite all the odds, this season’s Munster Junior League division one title is going right down to the wire. Today’s results did not provide any shocks with wins for Newcastle, Thomond, Richmond and league leaders Kilfeacle and District.
The league table now reads Kilfeacle on 54 points, Thomond and Newcastle West sharing second place on 44 points and Mallow fourth on 41 points. Newcastle West have a game to play over the other three. This coming week-end all eyes will be on Richmond’s home game against Kilfeacle who need just one point to claim the title. If they were to lose this final game by over seven points at the Canal Bank venue and Newcastle West won with a bonus point against Waterpark the previous night, then five points from their last game against St Senan’s would bring NCW level. It’s a long shot and the odds are on the title going to Tipperary.
Here are today’s results:
MJL1, Abbeyfeale 3, Newcastle West 14: It was a hard-fought derby in The Grove on Sunday with the clinching second try coming five minutes before the end. Derry O’Connor kicked a penalty for Abbeyfeale in the opening half but a try by Sean Ivess converted by Sean Herlihy saw the visitors lead 3-7 at the short whistle. The second half was played in very difficult weather conditions that included hailstones, wind and rain, and a second try for Newcastle scored by James Kelly and converted by Sean Herlihy, sealed the four points for the visitors.
Thomond 24, Galbally 10: It looked as if Thomond were going to run away with this game in Liam Fitzgerald Park. They led 12-0 at half time with tries from Evan Sheehan, converted by Adam Guerin, on 20 minutes and a second try by Ryan Ahern before the break and a second try by Ahern, again converted by Guerin put the royal blues 19-0 to the good early in the second period. Thomond then lost a man to the bin and Galbally responded with a brace of unconverted tries to reduce the lead to 19-10.
A fourth try, this time Evan O’Connor dotting down, sealed the bonus point victory for the north city club and pushes them up to joint second in the table.
Crosshaven 7, Richmond 13: They left it late, but Richmond left the County Cork venue happy with this away victory. They took the lead after 14 minutes when Sean Considine was accurate with a penalty kick. A chance to increase their lead was missed when they failed to convert another penalty but before the break Brian Mullins gave his side a 6-0 half time advantage. Two minutes into the second half Crosshaven hit the front when they got a try under the posts and the easy conversion put them 7-6 in front. A try by Gearoid Phelan, converted by Brian Mullins gave Richmond the points.
In another game in MJL1 Bandon and Skibbereen drew 17-17.

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