ST Mary’s slim hopes of creeping closer to MJL division one leaders Kanturk were put on hold on Sunday when both the Saint’s away game against Mallow and the Cork side’s fixture in Galbally were called off due to unplayable pitches.
Third placed Newcastle West were shocked by visitors Tralee.
In Division Two Presentation ensured their status for next season with a home win over Waterford.
Abbeyfeale are still in the hunt for the division three title and they again impressed with an emphatic victory over Carrick-on-Suir.
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After a great run, Newcastle West were brought back down to earth by their Kerry visitors.
It was a below-par performance by the home side who have already qualified for the play-offs having been guaranteed the third finishing place in this competitive league race.
Some sloppy defending and poor discipline proved costly for the West who trailed 6-0 at the break. Two penalties from Sean Herlihy levelled the tie at 6-6 in the third quarter but Tralee responded, availing of a defensive error to score a converted try with 20 minutes remaining.
Herlihy landed his third penalty to give Newcastle West some hope at 9-13 but a second converted try for Tralee edged them further ahead at 9-20. The home side showed their determination by saving the losing bonus point thanks to a try by Alan Roche in the dying minutes.
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The playing conditions in Rathuard were testing for both sides but they served up an exciting encounter.
The victory ensures that Presentation will be playing in this division again next season but they had to dig deep to get the better of a determined visiting side. Craig Airey has been impressive with the boot since he took over the kicking duties from Mark Phayer and he contributed eight points on this occasion. Phayer’s return from injury was a welcome boost for Pres who had their scores from Alan Daly a try and two penalties and a conversion by Craig Airey.
Jess Neville and Shane Enright in the home back-row and full-back Barry Toomey were impressive and now on 22 points, Presentation will travel to Youghal for their final game in more relaxed mood.
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Played in The Grove, Carrick were well in this game at the break after trailing to an Adam Roche try and conversion from Tom Hassett.
The visitors came into this fixture hoping to get the win that they needed to get closer to a top four place but a splendid second half by Abbeyfeale saw them confidently retain their lofty position in the table. Carrick-on-Suir lost their way in the second half with Jake Quirke scoring Abbeyfeale’s second try and Tom Hassett adding four penalties and a conversion.
Outstanding for Abbeyfeale were the back-row of Daniel Murphy, John Brown and Liam McEnery with Tom Hassett making ‘Carrick’ pay for their second half indiscretions with his kicking.
In the seconds league on Sunday, Garryowen beat Thomond 45-10 in Dooradoyle. The Old Crescent v Bruff game takes place this Monday night while the Nenagh v Richmond and UL Bohemian v Shannon fixtures did not take place.
On Friday night in the Gleeson League, Newcastle West were leading Old Crescent 18-14 with 20 minutes remaining but Crescent scored 19 points in a blistering last quarter to win 23-33.
Young Munster 2nds were beaten 22-7 while the Galbally v St Mary’s game was called off due to a flooded pitch.
Bruff U-18s reached the Munster semi-final, beating Newcastle West but their U-16s lost their semi-final to Dungarvan.