Aidan Corr rounds up the action from the local junior rugby leagues.
WITH leaders Richmond having a rest week in the Munster Junior League Division 1, Limerick’s other three teams in that division failed to improve their positions yesterday: Newcastle West and St Mary’s lost while Galbally’s game against Kanturk fell foul of the weather.
Old Christians beat St Mary’s 21-10. After their encouraging victory last week-end, the Saints failed to take even a losing bonus point from their trip to Cork.
It was only 14-10 a few minutes before the break but a turnover converted try by Christians put them into a 21-10 lead after 40 minutes. St Mary’s tried very hard and had claims for a push-over try over-ruled but they could not add to Dara Fitzgerald’s try and a penalty and conversion from Ben Sargeant in a second half marred by dreadful playing conditions.
Tralee beat Newcastle West 18-10. The Limerick side failed to build on three wins on the trot despite a courageous effort at the Kerry venue. Alan Roche kicked an early penalty for the ‘West’ with Sean Leahy scoring a try and Tommy Kelliher adding the conversion.
The Munster Junior League Division 2 clash of Newport and Presentation became a victim of the weather with a frozen surface resulting in a cancellation.
In Munster Junior League Division 3, Abbeyfeale lost to Ballincollig 24-12. Home advantage provided little benefit for ‘Feale who were well beaten by their Cork visitors. David Collins and Michael Roche scored tries for Abbeyfeale with Tom Enright kicking a conversion.
In the Munster 2nds League, Bruff beat Thomond 18-3. Played on the UL all-weather pitch, Bruff continued their rise up the table with this good victory. South African Dumani Mythi and Paddy Cleary scored tries for Bruff with Peter Quinn kicking two penalties and a conversion.
In the same league Garryowen beat Shannon 63-0. The home side scored 11 tries, Bill Moloney (3), Barry Sheehan (2) and one each from Eamonn Connolly, Geoff Ryan, Cian Leahy, Adrian Garvey, Adrian Donoghue and Brendan O’Donoghue with Ryan also landing four conversions,
Young Munster beat Nenagh 23-6. Dom Lespierre scored two tries for Munsters with tries by Paul Allen and Jake Considine and a Shane O’Leary penalty helping to keep them top of the table.
In the Gleeson League Shannon lost 27-0 to Bruff. Two first half Bruff tries from hooker Sean Donegan gave them the advantage against Shannon in Coonagh. Bruff kept up the pressure in the second period, adding a try from Pat Ahern while kicker Eoin Quinn notched a tally of 12 points.
Richmond beat St Mary’s 13-12. These two great city junior rivals served up an enjoyable encounter at Grove Island and it was a late try from Mike Geary that helped Richmond to the narrowest of victories. Niall Benson kicked the important conversion, adding to his earlier penalty and sealed the win with a drop goal. The other results in the Gleeson League were: Thomond 32 Young Munster 5; UL Bohs 10 Garryowen 6.