Old Crescent promoted as AIL 2C champions as Thomond are relegated 

Old Crescent promoted as AIL 2C champions as Thomond are relegated 

OLD Crescent have gained promotion to Division 2B of the Ulster Bank League for next season after securing the Division 2C title with a game in hand.

A combination of Crescent’s 31-10 bonus point win away to Navan and Bruff’s gritty 9-8 victory over second-placed Tullamore secured the Rosbrien side’s promotion to 2B as league champions.

Third-placed Bruff are assured of a promotion play-off place following their win over the Offaly side, while the South Limerick side also harbout outside hopes of gaining a home semi-final with one round of games to go.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Thomond in Division 2A as the ‘royal blues’ relegation to 2B for next season was confirmed with their 54-5 thumping at home to Queen’s University.

Thomond are sure to finish bottom of the 2A table with one game to go.

Despite playing into a strong wind, Old Crescent led Navan 14-10 at half-time with tries from Larry Hanly and Gareth Quinn-McDonogh. Hanly also converted both.

Further tries in the second half from Hanly, who completed his hat-trick, and Sean Monaghan inspired the Limerick side to a deserved victory.

Meanwhile, Bruff did also did their local rivals Old Crescent a favour when defeating Tullamore by a single point at Spollanstown.

Bruff came back from 3-8 down in the second half to claim a precious one point win through two Declan Bannon penalty goals.

Bruff are within four points of second-placed Tullamore with just their home game against Dundalk to come on Saturday. Old Crescent host Tullamore at Rosbrien on Saturday.

Thomond will play their rugby in 2B next term after their relegation was confirmed with that 49-point home defeat to QUB. Basement side Thomond are eight points behind Corinthians with just one game remaining.

The action resumes in Divisions 1A and 1B of the Ulster Bank League on Friday night when Garryowen host Young Munster at Doordaoyle in the top flight, 7.30pm.