Leaders Clonmel bidding to return to winning ways at dangerous St Mary’s

There is a full round of league action this weekend across all three divisions in the Munster Junior Leagues.

Clonmel currently lead the way in Division 1 and they will be eager to bounce back from a disappointing exit from the All-Ireland Junior Cup.

They don’t have it easy this weekend with a trip to St Mary’s and it should be a tight game but the Tipperary side should have enough resilience to prevail.

Their closest rivals in the league, Richmond, are involved in what is probably the game of the day as they travel to take on St Senan’s.

The Shannon town side have had a solid start to the league, with two wins and losses and a draw.

Like Clonmel, they suffered a heavy defeat to strong Ulster opposition in the All-Ireland Cup and will seek to bounce back.

They are unbeaten at home and having pushed Clonmel all the way will be confident of giving Richmond a real challenge.

The Limerick side will have enjoyed a rest last weekend and will hope their powerful experienced pack can dominate up front.

If they do, they have plenty of attacking talent out wide. A win here would put them in a strong position and they should have enough talent to win.

Kilfeacle are still within touching distance of the league leaders in third place but face their own tough challenge.

They face a Newcastle West side who have had a mixed bag of a season but with the likes of Mikey Costelloe impressing, they will be aiming for a win at home to their Tipperary rivals.

Bandon and Clanwilliam will renew their rivalry after a number of very interesting encounters last year.

Clan seemed a match for the Cork side in the league but Bandon won the title. The Tipperary side enjoy home advantage this weekend and it should be another hotly contested game.

Old Christians will wish to halt a downturn in form after three recent losses, albeit with a losing bonus point in each game.

This weekend Christians face a Galbally side whose form has gone in the other direction at Rathcooney and the visiting side’s confidence could see them win again.

Skibbereen should be too strong at home to Muskerry while the one game on Saturday in Ballinakill will see Waterpark and Clonakilty looking to pull away from the relegation zone.

The big game in Division Two is on Saturday as unbeaten Cobh Pirates travel along the Cork coast to take on Kinsale.

The Pirates have been consistently impressive while Kinsale’s attacking style had led to several entertaining games.

Should Cobh’s defence negate the numerous threats of their hosts, they should be able to eke out a win which would see them go top.

Abbeyfeale can secure the top spot on Sunday but won’t take anything for granted with a tough trip to Ballincollig. Presentation should also maintain their promotion push as they host struggling Newport.

Mallow will find it difficult to find their first win as they face a Castleisland side who will be buoyant after a big derby victory over Tralee.

Their Kerry rivals will seek to bounce back with a home win over Thurles while Charleville should pull away from the relegation zone with a win at pointless Dungarvan.

Fellow strugglers Ennis will do well to get anything from a tough trip to Waterford City.

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