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Munster Junior League action returns

(Ouch! St Mary’s in league action Pic: TOM RUSSELL)

NEWCASTLE West will be hoping to retain their single point advantage at the top of the Munster Junior League division one this Sunday when they travel to Shannon to take on St Senan’s. One point clear of Clonmel and Muskerry, the c0unty side are enjoying a terrific season so far and advanced in the AIL Cup last week-end with a big win over Galway side OLBC.
St Mary’s, with just four points in this league, are level with Waterpark and the meeting of these two sides in Grove Island should provide interesting viewing. Gabally travel to Cobh to take on the local Pirates.
In division two Abbeyfeale are away to Bandon and Presentation will take on Crosshaven in Rathuard.
Last week-end in the All-Ireland Cup, St Mary’s made the trip to Connemara and lost by just two points, 29-27. The Al Blacks were fancied to sail home with ease in this one but the Saints put up a mighty performance, going down by that two point margin after a gutsy effort in a thrilling second half._St Mary’s led at half time by 15-13 after trailing 13-0 after just 15 minutes. To their credit, they re-organised well despite being short a significant number of first choice players and were full value for their two point advantage going into the second 40 minutes._Danny Hickey, Delvin Price, Ger McInerney and Dave O’Leary scored tries for St Mary’s with Sean Lyons kicking two conversions and a penalty. The out-half had a chance to bring the game to extra time but his last conversion attempt went just wide of the upright._“There were only two players from last season on the team that played in this game,” St Mary’s Christy McNamara told us. “Most of the guys out there would have played in the Gleeson League and other seconds games so it was a whole new experience for them. Full credit to them for putting in this massive effort.”_There is no doubt that St Mary’s coaches Keith Matthews and Gordon Ryan will be very happy with the performance of their young crew after this performance.
AIL Cup: Newcastle West 64, Our Lady’s Boys’ Club, Galway 17: The season continues to get better and better for the County Limerick side and they were the only Munster side to win in this competition over the week-end._The West, topping the table in the Munster Junior League, ran in ten tries, James and Stephen Kelly scoring three each and Sean Herlihy, Gary O’Donnell, John Sheehan and Michael Culhane also touching down in this one-sided affair. Sean Herlihy boosted his kicking ratio by converting seven of the tries._Bruff’s win over Midleton keeps their hopes of Munster Senior Cup glory alive but they face a major test when they meet Cork Constitution in the quarter-final._The draw for the last eight of this historic competition is: Cork Constitution v Bruff, Young Munster v Thomond, UL Bohemian v Dolphin and Garryowen v Cashel.
Fixtures for this Sunday, 2nd November
Munster Junior League Division 1: Clonmel v Muskerry, Clonmel; Cobh Pirates v Galbally, Cobh, 2pm; Kinsale v Clonakilty, Kinsale; Old Christians v Kilfeacle, Rathcooney; St. Mary’s v Waterpark, Grove Island; St. Senan’s v Newcastle West, Jim Slattery Park; Tralee v Skibbereen, Tralee;
Division 2: Ballincollig v Mallow, Tanner Park; Bandon v Abbeyfeale, Bandon; Castleisland v Thurles, Castleisland; Clanwilliam v Ennis, Clanwilliam Park; Killarney v Waterford City, Killarney; Newport v Youghal, Newport; Presentation v Crosshaven, Rathuard.
Division 3: Carrigaline v Charleville, Moneygourney; Fermoy v Bantry Bay, Fermoy; Fethard v Douglas, Fethard; Scariff v Dungarvan, Scariff.
Munster Junior Clubs Challenge Cup: Galbally v Cobh Pirates, Cobh, 2pm;

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