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Limerick junior clubs draw a blank today in the Junior Leagues

By Aidan Corr
BOTH city junior sides had their games called off this Sunday. Richmond’s fixture against St Senan’s in the Munster Junior League division one was cancelled on Saturday when the Shannon Town club informed them that the pitch at Jim Slattery Park was unplayable. St Mary’s were to travel to play Waterford City but at the request of the ‘Saints’ that game was also called off due to a club bereavement.
In the other games Galbally suffered a hefty defeat at the hands of Waterpark, Newcastle West lost by a single point in a thriller against Kilfeacle and Abbeyfeale (pictured) also lost at home to Clonmel.
Munster Junior League division one:
Abbeyfeale 24, Clonmel 33: Another defeat for Abbeyfeale, this time losing at home to their Tipperary visitors. There was some consolation for the Limerick side as their four tries gave them a losing bonus point but they will have stem the tide soon if they are ensure their division one status at the end of the campaign.
Scorers for Abbeyfeale were Sean Scannell, Liam O’Connor, Philip Collins and Philip Daly a try each and Tom Hassett kicked two conversions.
Abbeyfeale never got into the game in the opening half and the damage had been done before the short whistle with Clonmel building up a 19-0 lead. An impressive second half from Abbeyfeale saw them fight back in great style and they closed the gap to seven points going into the final quarter.
Clonmel finished strongest adding a few more scores before the finish to get the result that keeps them very much in the mix for this league title.
Newcastle West 20, Kilfeacle and District 21: This local derby went right down to the wire with the Tipperary snatching victory with one minute to go. Kilfeacle had the better of the opening stages and they fully deserved their 8-18 lead at half time. Newcastle West came more into the game as the second half developed and with time running out they led 20-18 only to lose out to that late penalty.
Sean Ivess scored Newcastle West’s opening try with Sean Herlihy kicking a first half penalty. In the second half Sean Herlihy landed four penalties but it was not enough to give them a home victory.
Waterpark 37, Galbally 8: This was always going to be a tough encounter for Galbally but they put up a decent show against a fancied home side. It is not going to be easy for the County Limerick side either next week when they travel to take on Youghal.
Other league results today: MJL1, Clanwilliam 13, Bandon 17; Skibbereen 15, Youghal 13.
In the MJL2, league leaders Crosshaven were beaten 14-12 by Kinsale

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