Skibb look to halt champions Clonmel’s charge

If the first weekend is anything to go by, this season’s Munster Junior League should be another captivating campaign. Some early favourites started off impressively and will be aiming to follow up their opening-day victories.

Defending champions Clonmel don’t seem to be resting on their laurels, as they produced a superb display to easily overcome the challenge of Galbally. They have the same impressive mix of power and pace, with plenty of skill thrown in, and should be the team to stop again. They face a tough trip away to a confident Skibbereen side without the injured Luke Cadogan.

The West Cork side got off to a winning start against local rivals Bandon, with Denis McCarthy the hero, as he kicked the winning conversion. McCarthy will again need to be accurate with his kicking if his team are to cause an upset, but the side will relish the chance to challenge the league champions.

Richmond also look like they will have a major say in the league race, having earned a bonus-point success against Muskerry. They travel to Galbally, who will test Richmond’s character at a tough venue. Galbally must keep a close eye on Jonathon Tully and will look to their pack to apply pressure if they can get in the opponents’ 22.

Kilfeacle are another side who impressed in the opening weekend, with Dermot Carr being one of their outstanding performers. If they can come away from Muskerry with a win they could be well positioned to threaten the top sides. It was a tough opening day for Muskerry but, back on home soil, they will fancy their chances of a win.

Newcastle West had an excellent, hard-fought victory over St Mary’s and will hope to inflict a second defeat on newly-promoted Clanwilliam. Waterpark impressed as they defeated Clanwilliam and will be aiming to make it two wins from two as they host promoted Bandon.

Clonakilty picked up two bonus points in defeat at Kilfeacle so a win at home to Old Christians would give them a steady start to the campaign, though the Rathcooney side will prove difficult.

St Senan’s and St Mary’s will aim to bounce back from opening-day defeats as they face off in Shannon town.

In Division Two, Presentation got off to a great start with a win over Mallow. They face a tough game this weekend, as they travel to take on a free-scoring Kinsale side. The Seasiders were able to score an impressive amount of tries in Division One and their attacking threat should prove too much for the Limerick side.

Cobh Pirates also got off to a winning start, but their promotion credentials will come under scrutiny as they travel to Ennis. Abbeyfeale will be brimming with confidence after beating local rivals Castleisland and will expect a home win over Dungarvan.

Mallow have lost a couple of key forwards from last season’s team and Ballincollig will fancy their chances of getting a result in North Cork. Tralee will hope to pick up their first win at home to Newport, while Charleville face a difficult trip to Waterford City.

Division Three kicks off at the weekend with the stand-out game being the all-Kerry clash of Corca Dhuibhne and Killarney. They Dingle outfit will relish the chance to get the better of their Kingdom rivals.

Crosshaven will hope to put last season’s disappointment behind them with a home win over Carrick-On-Suir. Fermoy and Youghal will start as favourites despite being away to Bantry Bay and Douglas-Carrigaline, respectively.


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