ST Mary’s suffered a cruel defeat on their home pitch in Grove Island on Sunday, missing a last minute conversion that would have given them victory over Kanturk in the MJL1.
Richmond kept up their sparkling form, running in six tries as they carved out an easy victory in Newcastle West while Galbally also failed to win on the road, going down 27-18 to Skibbereen.
St Mary’s 25, Kanturk 26: This was a real cliff hanger with the outcome in doubt right up to the final kick of the game. The Saints had a superb first half and went in at the break leading 20-5 but the Cork side found their rhythm in the second period and led 20-26 going into the final minutes. A great try for the home side left just a single point between the sides. As kicker Sean Lyons prepared to take the vital kick, the ball fell off the tee and the referee signalled that he could take it again. At the second attempt Kanturk charged the kick but at attempt number three, the ball sailed inches wide.
St Mary’s scorers were Matthew Hickey, Stuart Lipper and Mark Gibbons with Sean Lyons kicking the other ten points.
Newcastle West 5, Richmond 44: By half time Richmond had the points in the bag with a lead of 25-0. There was no let-up in the second period as the green and whites brought their try total to six. Pat Humphreys scored two tries with one each from Tony Flynn, Dave Sheehan, James Kelly and Mike Kelleher. Brian Mullins added two penalties and three conversions with an Alan Roche try the only response from Newcastle West.
Skibbereen 27, Galbally 18: Trailing 20-5 at the short whistle, Galbally put in a spirited second period but a late converted try gave the home side victory. Former Thomond player Craig Airey kicked two penalties and a conversion for Galbally with their two tries coming from Kevin Casey and Patrick O’Donnell.
MJL 2: Carrick-on-Suir 5, Presentation 13. The Rathuard side showed their determination to do well in this division with a very good away victory.
Munster 2nds League: Thomond 15, Young Munster 22: There is no stopping Young Munster seconds this season and they recorded another victory yesterday in Fitzgerald Park. Thomond’s scorers were Robert Brock and Barry Twomey while Dermot Fitzgerald kicked a penalty and conversion. Young Munster’s scorers were Eamonn Carr, Evan Mulcahy and Hugh McGrath a try each, Derry O’Connor a penalty and conversion.
Gleeson League, Old Crescent 0, Shannon 5: Played in Rosbrien on Friday night, Crescent felt they could have got more out of this game but Shannon’s first half try proved to be the only score of a keenly fought game.
In the same competition, Young Munster beat Garryowen in Dooradoyle, 9-17.