Clonmel lost for the first time and Newcastle West are the new leaders.

Updated: January 12, 2015

Plenty of drama in Division 1 of the Munster Junior League, as leaders Clonmel lost for the first time and Newcastle West are the new leaders.

Newcastle West have moved into top spot in Division 1 of the Munster Junior League after their hard earned 27-20 home win over bottom side Kinsale. This was Kinsale’s best performance of the season and they were unlucky to be only going home with one bonus point.

Alan Roche opened the scoring with a penalty for Newcastle West but Kinsale hit back with a try from Pat O’Regan which Sean Kingston converted. Tries from James Kelly and John Sheehan and a Roche conversion had the home side 15-7 ahead at the interval.

A penalty and a conversion of an O’Regan try by Kingston had the sides level after forty seven minutes.

Tommy Kelleher and Richard Langford scored tries for Newcastle West and Roche kicked a conversion for a 27-15 lead. O’Regan scored a third try ten minutes from time for Kinsale but the home side held out for a win to go top with just four games remaining.

Clonmel’s lead at the top only lasted a week after their great win last week over Newcastle West as St. Senan’s defeated them 19-13 at Jim Slattery Park.

Clonmel raced into an 8-0 lead with a try from Mick Barry and a penalty from Conor Cooney. Warren Kelly and Ian Fitzgerald replied with tries for the home side and Declan Rowe kicked a conversion. A try by Cooney on the stroke of half-time had Clonmel 13-12 ahead.

Four minutes into the second half Emile Maffat scored a try for Senan’s and Rowe converted to put the Clare side into the third place.

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