IT is still neck and neck at the top of the Munster Junior League division one with both Kanturk and St Mary’s recording victories and both failing to get the crucial four-try bonus point.
Galbally got back to winning ways with a good away win over Waterpark while in the same division, Newcastle West continued their climb up the table with a five try romp against Muskerry.
Munster Junior 1
St Mary’s 22, Kilfeacle 11
THE Grove Island venue continues to attract big attendances on Sundays and the Saints retained their unbeaten run in this very competitive division.
They ran in three tries but there was a slight disappointment amongst their supporters that they did not add the bonus point fourth touchdown after dominating for much of the second half.
An early Brian Downey try, converted by Ben Sargeant, gave the home side the perfect start but a Kilfeacle penalty by James Hogan reduced the deficit to four points.
Hogan’s next effort left just a point between the teams while a Ben Sargeant three-pointer gave St Mary’s a half time lead of 10-6.
A well-taken try by Barry Kelly pushed the Saints 15-6 to the good and with four minutes remaining that bonus point came closer when Paul Loughran burst over after a long period of pressure close to the Kilfeacle line.
Sargeant added the extra points.
Had the Saints got into the visitor’s red zone in the final minutes they could well have got the necessary score but Kilfeacle showed great character adding a try from Cormac O’Donoghue at the other end.
Next up for St Mary’s is a top of the table clash away to Kanturk and the Limerick side will want to improve on yesterday’s performance if they are to avoid defeat.
Injuries have been mounting up at Grove Island but they are hoping that John Sheerin (shoulder) and Barry Gibbons will be recovered in time for the trip to Cork in two weeks time.
Newcastle West 39, Muskerry 17
The West were in scoring form and ran in five tries in this impressive bonus point performance.
Stephen Kelly’s try tally mounts with two more touchdowns in this game while other tries came from Brian Nixon, Ronan Mulcahy and Niall Kelliher.
Sean Herlihy chipped in with four conversions and two penalties.
This result pushes Newcastle to 23 points in the table, one behind joint leaders St Mary’s and Kanturk.
Waterpark 15, Galbally 21
This was a welcome result for struggling Galbally and could spark a return to form in this competition.
The sides were level at 8-8 at the break (try James Taylor and penalty Sean Burke) and Galbally snatched victory in the second period thanks to two tries from Niall McNamara and a second penalty by Sean Burke.
Munster Junior 2
Presentation 22, Newport 22
Pres, short a number of first choice players, could have won this tie at Rathuard but had to settle for a share of the points against a determined Newport.
Shane O’Brien scored the Pres try with Mark Phayer kicking a conversion and five penalties.
Shannon beat Galbally with a late try, 12-19, St Mary’s beat Presentation 48-0 and Garryowen had a 10-16 victory over home side Fethard.
UL Bohemian (tries John Kenny, Tommy O’Connor, Pat Birdthistle, Ronan Likely and Mark Foley; pen and three cons. Kevin McKillicken) got the better of Ennis 8-34 at the County Clare venue.
The Thomond v Old Crescent game was called off.