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Richmond move clear at top of Junior League division one

By Aidan Corr
RICHMOND put five points between themselves and second placed Bandon today when they got a winning bonus point in Clanwilliam. Bandon had a one point victory over Clonmel and remain in second place with Kilfeacle third. Richmond have played one game more than the others in the top three.
Abbeyfeale went down at home to Kilfeacle and District while Galbally had their first win of the season in the MJL1 when they beat Cobh Pirates in Cork.
In the Munster Junior Cup St Mary’s (pictured) advanced with a home win over Fermoy in Grove Island and Old Crescent also reached the next round thanks to an impressive victory over Thurles.
Munster Junior League 1, Abbeyfeale 15, Kilfeacle and District 36: Short five of their regular players through injuries, Abbeyfeale had to blood a few youngsters for this home game and they paid the price. Kilfeacle are flying at the moment and they ran out easy winners to move to within five points of leaders Richmond with a game in hand.
Scorers for Abbeyfeale, who trailed 7-12 at the break, were Colm O’Sullivan, who got that first half try, converted by Stevie Daly and Derry O’Connor, who snapped up a loose ball in the second half to go over. Stevie Daly also landed a late penalty.
Clanwilliam 7, Richmond 33: Following their good home win over Abbeyfeale the previous week-end, Richmond moved ahead of their rivals thanks to this bonus point victory in Tipperary. The city side led 24-0 at half time and had the four tries in the bag. Kealan McMahon, Ger Barry, Barry Laffan and Jack O’Hanlon scored tries for the Canal Bank boys; Tadhg Bennett added a second half try as well as converting four of the touchdowns.
These two teams will meet again in two weeks time in the Munster Junior Cup.
Cobh Pirates 18, Galbally 19: Galbally will be hoping that this, their first victory of the current campaign, will spark a revival and they can now move up the table to safety. Brendan Childs got a try with Liam Casey proving very accurate from the kicking tee, landing four penalties and a conversion.
Newcastle West 24, Youghal 3: Newcastle led 12-3 at half time in this game and they went on to double that score in the second period. They also got a try bonus point, thanks to touchdowns from Damian Kelly and Sean Ivess in the first half and Sean Murphy and Alan O’Riordan in the second half. Bruff dual player Sean Herlihy kicked two conversions.
Bank of Ireland Munster Junior Cup, St Mary’s 14, Fermoy 3: It is 50 years since St Mary’s lifted this trophy and they now advance to a meeting with Garryowen in two weeks time after this hard-earned win in Grove Island. Fermoy led 3-0 at half time and they showed stubborn resistance throughout the game. The Saints eventually got the breakthrough when Paul Loughran kicked three penalties to add to a try by Keith McManus.
Old Crescent 25, Thurles 6: A big win for Crescent in Rosbrien,but they struggled a bit in the opening stages, going in at the break with just a one point lead, 7-6. They added 18 points in the second 40 minutes to advance to the next stage of this competition.

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