Young Munster on top of AIL

YOUNG Munster are sitting pretty on top of Division 1A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League after securing a dramatic derby win over local rivals Garryowen.

YOUNG Munster are sitting pretty on top of Division 1A of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League after securing a dramatic derby win over local rivals Garryowen.

A late try from player/coach Mike Prendergast proved key in Munsters’ 10-6 success which has seen the Greenfields side move two points clear of second-placed Clontarf.

Munsters’ will be hugely encouraged by their start to the campaign which has seen last season’s beaten semi-finalists win four of their five opening games.

Garryowen slipped to seventh place in the 10-team Division as a result of Friday night’s home defeat, their third of the campaign.

Shannon remain third in the table after their thrilling 18-18 draw with Old Belvedere at Coonagh. The home side fought back from a 10-point half-time deficit to earn a share of the spoils. Richie Mullane’s try, which Tadhg Bennett converted proved the key score.

In Division 1B, improving UL-Bohemian kept their promotion hopes alive after recording a 25-12 win over local rivals Bruff at Kilballyowen Park on Friday night. UL-Bohs’ out-half JJ Hanrahan was the star of the first AIL game to be played between the sides under floodlights as he bagged 20 points.

While the win takes the Annacotty side up to fourth place in the table, Bruff - with one win from five games - are hovering just above the relegation zone.

There was little joy for the Limerick sides competing in 2A at the weekend. Tenth-placed Thomond had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point after going down 10-15 to Greystones at Liam Fitzgerald Park.

Old Crescent lie ninth after suffering a 28-10 reverse at the hands of Dublin University at College Park.

The AIL takes a break now until the weekend of Saturday, November 26.