Crosshaven and Cobh Pirates close in on playoff spot

CROSSHAVEN and Cobh Pirates are a step closer securing a place in the playoffs for a Heineken Munster Junior League First Division place, while Youghal, who lead the other section, face a late challenge from Nenagh Ormond and Skibbereen.

Crosshaven remain the only side with maximum points in the top division after securing their fourth consecutive five-pointer, with a 36-10 home win over Clanwilliam.

A try from Moss Barry to a penalty from Brian McGuire gave Crosshaven a 5-3 advantage at half time and they scored five further tries through Donogh Murphy two, Steve McMahon, Ross O'Connell and Douglas Deane. Ritchie Daly converted two and Phillip Spillane one. Dave Keenan had a try for the visitors which McGuire converted.

Kilfeacle defeated St Senan's 27-3, but failed to secure a bonus point. A try from Michael Renny and a conversion and penalty from Ian Costello had the home side 10-3 ahead at the break. Tries from Costelloe and Jack O'Sullivan and a conversion and penalty from Costelloe secured the points.

Cashel had their expected big win over Fermoy 43-10 and their bonus point now sees them level with Kilfeacle on 17 points, three behind the leaders.

Charleville picked up their first points with a 9-6 win over Ennis. James Leahy kicked three penalties for the home side and Bryan Murphy replied with two.

Cobh Pirates opened up a four-point gap at the top of their section after their 15-10 win away to Thurles. The home side got off to a great start with tries from Darren Brennan and Mark Shorley. Brett Amberson brought the Pirates back into the game with a try to leave it 10-5 at half time.

A penalty from Brendan Ronan closed the gap and a try from Niall Walley 10 minutes from time, converted by Ronan, gave the Cork side victory.

Bandon lost their unbeaten record, going down 20-7 at Tralee. A try from Danny Giles and a conversion and two penalties from Donnacha Carey put the Kerry side 13-0 ahead at the break. Patrick Tuhakaraiwa brought Bandon back into the game with a try and conversion. The West Cork side were denied a bonus point in the eight minute of injury time, when Stewart Cooke got in for a try and Carey converted.

Old Christians also lost ground when another intercept try two minutes from time gave Richmond an 18-11 victory. Ken and Jeff McNamara scored tries for the Limerick side and Tadgh Barrett kicked two penalties and a conversion. Stephen O'Brien replied with a try for the visitors and Storm Carroll kicked two penalties.

Muskerry picked up their first points with a 34-6 win at home to Waterford City. DJ O'Leary, Ed Long, Pat Crowley, and Cormac O'Donoghue all scored tries and they were also awarded a penalty try. Youghal have a one-point lead at the top of their section after their 11-6 win at home to Clonmel. Nenagh picked up maximum points after their 26-0 home win over St Mary's.

Skibbereen slipped back to third after failing to pick up a bonus point in their 17-3 win over Castleisland. Liam Dooley put the Kerry side ahead with a penalty and tries in the final quarter of the game from Sean O'Neill, Mike Clarke and Brendan O'Donovan and a Tyrone Taipei conversion kept Skibbereen's challenge on track.

Kanturk moved out of relegation trouble with a 17-13 home win over Abbeyfeale.

Douglas moved to the top of the Third Division with a 22-15 win over Ballincollig at Tanner Park. A drop goal from Ken O'Connell and a conversion of a try from John Redmond put the home side 10-0 ahead. Morgan Kavanagh replied with a try for Douglas. Eoin Crowley extended Ballincollig's lead with a try, but tries from Denis O'Driscoll, Barry Hanrahan and John Huggard and a conversion from Blair Campbell kept Douglas unbeaten.

Mallow moved into second place after they defeated Carrick-on-Suir 13-3.

Presentation also remain unbeaten after their 13-0 win over Kinsale. Andy Costello and Donnacha O'Grady scored tries.

A try from Mick Delaney gave Killarney a 5-0 lead against Newcastle West, but two late penalties from John Keating earned the West Limerick side the points.

Dunmanway picked up their first points with an 11-5 home win over Dungarvan.

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