Abbeyfeale crowned Munster Junior Division 2 champions

Abbeyfeale crowned Munster Junior Division 2 champions

Abbeyfeale were crowned Munster Junior League Division 2 champions on Sunday thanks to a whopping 45-5 home win over Kinsale on the final day of the season.

Former Young Munster player and Limerick senior footballer Derry O’Connor crossed for three tries as the home side secured the bonus point win needed to secure the title.

They will be joined in the top division by Cobh Pirates who also had a bonus point win to stay ahead of Thurles in second position.

John Murphy, Jake Quirke and Cormac Roche got one try each for Abbeyfeale while Stephen Daly kicked six conversions and a penalty.

Division 1 of the league also came to a conclusion when Clonmel were crowned champions for the second successive season.  They were 34-5 winners over Muskerry and will now go on to compete in the AIL round robin series to try and gain promotion to senior for next season.

Galbally’s good season continued when they beat title contenders Bandon by 21-18, their tries coming from

Brendan Childs, Danny Hayes and Stephen Hayes. Jack O'Mullane converted all three. The result sees them finish on 42 points and currently the highest-ranked Limerick junior club. Richmond have a game in hand against bottom side Old Christians, however, and could leapfrog them. They were 23-17 winners over Clonakilty on Sunday after coming from 17-6 down at half time.

Richmond who had two penalties from Briain Bennett in the opening half added tries from Shane Halpin, Sean Bennett and Stephen Collins and a Bennett penalty and conversion. They, along with Galbally, are sure of a top four finish and a place in the All Ireland Junior Cup next season.

Elsewhere in Division 1, St Senan's defeated Newcastle West 56-32 in a game that produced 14 tries. Brian Collins scored three tries, Warren Kelly and Emile Maffat got two each, Tom Cronin, Tom Galvin and Niall Mallon also scored tries for Senan's.Brian Collins kicked three conversions. Dave Foley, Sean Herlihy, Donal Egan and Sean Leahy replied with tries for Newcastle West and Herlihy kicked three conversions and two penalties.

St Mary’s are currently second from bottom and in the relegation places in Division 1. They play fellow strugglers Waterpark on April 10 but the Waterford side play Old Christians, who are currently bottom next weekend. Old Christians play Richmond on April 10. Currently Old Christians are on 16 points, Waterpark and St Mary’s are on 17 and Clonakilty are on 21. The bottom two will be relegated.

Should St Mary’s survive then there will be five Limerick teams in Munster Junior League Division 1 next season - Galbally, Richmond, Newcastle West, St Mary’s and Abbeyfeale.

Elsewhere, Cork Con regained the Munster Seconds League title with a 45-12 win over Shannon at Temple Hill.

The home side led 19-7 at half time with tries from Liam O'Connor, Sean Grey and Sonny Dwyer with Eoin Lacey kicking two conversions. Kelvin Browne scored Shannon's try and Barry McGorey converted.

Sean O'Leary, O'Connor, JJ O'Neill and Dwyer added further tries and Lacey kicked three conversions.





Munster Junior League Division 1

Clonakilty 17 Richmond 6; Galbally 21 Bandon 18; Kilfeacle 26 Old Christians 20; Muskerry 5, Clonmel 34; Newcastle West 32 St Senan's 56; Skibbereen 23 Clanwilliam 18;



Division 2

Abbeyfeale 45 Kinsale 5; Castleisland 0 Cobh Pirates 95; Ennis 19 Newport 0; Thurles 61 Charleville 8; Tralee 27 Presentation 15; Waterford City 52 Ballincollig 12