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Wins for four Limerick clubs in today’s Junior Leagues

By Aidan Corr
THE journey to Kanturk proved fruitful today for Richmond. They secured their third victory on the trot in the Munster Junior League division one with a well-deserved victory over the home side in Knocknaconlon. The win keeps them up with the leaders in this title race.
Abbeyfeale (pictured) and Newcastle West also recorded wins but Galbally suffered another defeat, this time at home to Bandon. In the second division St Mary’s continued their good run with an away bonus point success over Killarney.
MJL1,Cobh 3, Abbeyfeale 15: ‘Feale bounced back from last Sunday’s defeat by Newcastle West with this win over a stubborn home side. Right from the start Abbeyfeale looked determined to get back to winning ways but it was very close in the opening half with the sides level at 3-3 at the short whistle.
The Limerick boys got an early second half boost when Michael Roche got in for his side’s first try and when Jake Quirke got over for a second score, converted by Tom Hassett, the visitors had a commanding lead of 15-3. Cobh put in a spirited late surge but Abbeyfeale held out for a welcome victory.
Cobh’s home ground at The Paddock in Newtown has been something of a hoodoo for Abbeyfeale in recent seasons and this was their first win since they won there in the quarter final of the Challenge Cup in the 1997/98 season.
“It was a double delight for us today,” Abbeyfeale’s Conor Prendiville told us, “it was a good win but there are still aspects of our play that we have to work on.”
Galbally 7, Bandon 20: There were no excuses coming from the Galbally camp today after this defeat, their third in succession, in this league. The losing streak continues and it appears that they just lack sufficient quality to turn things around.
Kanturk 13, Richmond 20: This was a great win for Richmond and it keeps them up with the leaders at the top of the table. Former Shannon star Tadhg Bennett was again inspirational and he scored an early second half try that spurred his side to victory. It was 6-6 at half time, Bennett kicking a brace of penalties for the Canal Bank boys and when Eoin Hanley got in for a second try for Richmond the win was secured. Brian Mullins converted both tries.
Newcastle West 22, St Senan’s 10: The home side must have thought that they were home and dry at the break when they led 17-0 against the Shannon Town visitors. Prolific scorer Sean Herlihiy had scored a try, two conversions and a penalty for NCW in that opening 40 minutes but Senan’s came back with a try, conversion and penalty to make the remaining minutes an anxious time for the home supporters. A late try from Cian Henchy provided relief as Newcastle West held out for their second victory in succession.
MJL2, Killarney 0, St Mary’s 28: Another bonus point win for the Saints as they build up steam in their quest for promotion. Killarney proved to a tough side to overcome but once St Mary’s found a pathway to their try line Killarney had little response.
On the mark for St Mary’s were Robert Brockert, Tommy Galvin and Jamie O’Sullivan with first half tries, all converted by Paul Loughran for a 21-0 halftime lead. The Saints went in search of the bonus point in the second half and were rewarded when Ger McInerney raced away after an interception and Paul Loughran added the extras.
In the Gleeson League Garryowen beat Newport 29-0, Shannon got a walk-over from Ennis, Newcastle West/Abbeyfeale went down to Presentation 15-7, Richmond travelled to St Senan’s and won 24-3, UL Bohemian lost at home to St Mary’s 8-15 and Scariff got the better of Old Crescent in Rosbrien by a single point, 10-11.

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