WITH the Munster Junior Leagues on a break this week-end, the focus was on the two Gleeson League divisions where there were wins for Old Crescent, Thomond, Presentation, Old Crescent and Clanwilliam while in Dooradoyle Garryowen and Young Munster shared the spoils.
St Mary’s 6 Thomond 20
These two great city rivals will meet again later in the season in the final of the McInerney Cup and they served up a very entertaining Gleeson League clash in Grove Island on Saturday. The Saints had to field without the three seconds players who turned out with the first team last week-end but there was no doubting that Thomond deserved their victory.
It was 13-6 to the royal blues in injury time and they sealed the win with a late converted try. On the scoresheet for Thomond were tries by Phonsie Meehan, Damian Carmello and Hayden Dillon with Cian Hinchy kicking a conversion and penalty. Sean Lyons kicked two penalties for St Mary’s.
UL Bohemian 14
Played in Annacotty, Bohs looked comfortable when they led 11-0 at half time but a splendid recovery by the Tipperary boys in the second half saw them take the points. A try by Patrick Birdthistle and a brace of penalties from Shane Aherne puts Bohs in the driving seat but Clan replied with tries from Conor Kissane and Kieran Merrigan with Kissane also contributing three penalties and two conversions to end Bohs unbeaten run.
A determined display by Pres gave them the points in this league game played in Coonagh. Two tries by man of the match Christy Cox, one of them converted by Alan O’Brien, sealed the win for the visitors.
Young Munster 12
Not much between these two sides at Dooradoyle with a share of the spoils a fair result. Tony O’Brien and Alan O’Donnell got a try each for the light blues with Michael Roberts kicking a conversion.
Old Crescent beat Newcastle West 34-10 while the game between Richmond and Fethard and District was called off due to a bereavement in the Fethard club.
Next Sunday could be a red letter day for St Mary’s RFC as they attempt to continue their unbeaten run in division one of the MJL.
They take the trip to Kanturk with these two sides locked together at the top of the table. It has been a dream start for the Chris Delooze coached side but it is this next challenge that will give us an indication of the Saints’ true quality.
The following week St Mary’s entertain Clonmel at Grove Island with Kanturk travelling to play Mallow.
Limerick clubs have had a decent start to the three provincial junior leagues. Newcastle West are hot on the heels of Kanturk and St Mary’s at the top of MJL1, just a point adrift with their next game at home to Kilfeacle and District but in MJL2 Presentation are rooted in tenth position, a whopping 16 points adrift of leaders St Senan’s.
Abbeyfeale are enjoying a good campaign and are in third position behind Ballincollig (17 points) and Douglas (also on 14 points).