Limerick Rugby - Richmond lead the way in Munster Junior League
RICHMOND and Clonmel head the Munster Junior League 1 table following yesterday’s results. Richmond had a comfortable home win over Waterpark, Clonmel beat St Mary’s while Kilfeacle kept up their challenge with victory over Newcastle West.
Richmond 37, Waterpark 10: The city side are going great guns under new coach George Murray and they had the hard work done at the break, leading 25-5. Brian Mullins kicked two penalties and four conversions while the five try haul was provided by Pat Humphreys, Jeff McNamara, Mike Kelleher and two from fleet-footed Finbarr Hogan.
Clonmel 30, St Mary’s 17: The Saints felt that they could have got a losing bonus point but after losing a man to the bin in the last quarter, they conceded two late scores. Dara Fitzgerald, Brian Hartigan and Sean Markham, a try each and a conversion by Sean Lyons made up the city side’s tally.
Kilfeacle 32, Newcastle West 8: Division one is providing difficult territory for the West and they were well beaten by a strong Kilfeacle. Alan Roche, a penalty and a try by Sean Leahy was poor return for a brave effort.
MJL2, Presentation 13, Mallow 10: In Rathuard yesterday Presentation had their second win in this competition. It was a close game with Mallow coming within three points after the home side looked comfortable with a 13-3 lead at the break. Stephen McGrath scored the all-important try for Pres with Shane O’Brien kicking two penalties and a conversion.
In the Munster 2nds League, Nenagh beat Bruff 29-15, the Limerick side’s scores coming from tries by Kevin Madigan and Willie Casey and Richard McAuliffe kicking a penalty and conversion. Thomond had a fine 28-21 victory over Shannon in Coonagh. Scorers for the royal blues were Kevin Donnelly three tries and Ger Finucane three penalties and two conversions.
There was plenty of Gleeson League action last Saturday with wins for Richmond, Thomond, UL Bohemian and Bruff. Highlight was a tremendous fight back by the county side who recovered from a 6-16 deficit midway through the second half to finish 17-16 winners in a thriller in Kilballyowen. A try by JP Baggott and three penalties and a conversion by Kevin McEvoy for Garryowen put them in a winning position but Bruff replied in the final quarter with a Mark O’Connell try. Owen Quinn was the home hero, kicking the winning penalty in injury time to add to his three earlier strikes. It was also close in Tom Clifford Park where the determination of visitors Richmond helped them to a four point victory. Brian O’Neill kicked a conversion and a penalty for the green and whites with their three tries coming from James McDermott, James Kelly and Dessie McDaid. Young Munster had their scores from Mark Mulvanney three penalties and a try by Dave O’Connor.
Thomond were too strong for Old Crescent in Fitzgerald Park, winning 23-6. John Noonan a penalty and a drop goal by Anthony Barry accounted for the Crescent scores while Christian Meehan, three penalties and two conversions and tries by Glenn O’Callaghan and Keith Kelly made up the Thomond total.
UL Bohemian ran in five tries in a 36-6 win over St Senan’s in Annacotty with Michael Reddan giving a man of the match performance scoring two tries, four conversions and a penalty. Sean O’Gorman, Tom O’Connor and Kevin McKillican added tries. In the Women’s AIL, Niamh Briggs scored all UL Boh’s points, a penalty, try and conversion, in the win over Old Belvedere.
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
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