GARRYOWEN picked up four precious All-Ireland League Division 1B points and the bragging rights that go with them, thanks to a hard-earned 11-6 derby win over local rivals UL-Bohemian at a showery Thomond Park this Friday night.
All the scores in a hard fought, if uninspiring, derby clash arrived in the opening half. The crucial score of the opening 40 minutes was a Garryowen try courtesy of hooker Ed Rossiter five minutes before half-time when he won the race to the touchdown after a clearance kick was blocked down.
Earlier Garryowen out-half Jamie Gavin and UL-Bohemian number 10 Shane Airey had kicked two penalty goal each.
Garryowen dominated the third quarter in terms of possession and territory, but failed to add to their points tally. The Dooradoyle side was forced to defend their line resolutely with 13 players in the closing minutes as UL-Bohs threatened to snatch a dramatic late victory.
The result, Garryowen’s fourth win in six, has helped the ‘light blues’ remain in third place in the 1B table, seven points behind leaders Galwegians.
UL-Bohs had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from the game as the Annacotty side suffered their fourth successive defeat in 1B.
Meanwhile, in Division 2B, Bruff scored a deserved 27-12 bonus point derby win over Richmond at Kilballyowen Park.
The home side led Richmond 17-0 at half-time. David O’Grady bagged two of Bruff’s tries, while goal-kicker Declan Bannon also touched down. Mike Cooke touched down for the bonus point try. Stephen and Brian Collins scored tries for Richmond.