Five vital Limerick wins in the AIL

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
THE Limerick sides operating in the top three Divisions of the Ulster Bank League enjoyed an excellent weekend with all five recording vital wins.

THE Limerick sides operating in the top three Divisions of the Ulster Bank League enjoyed an excellent weekend with all five recording vital wins.

In Division 1A, Young Munster guaranteed their place in their top flight for next season after scoring a precious 18-13 home win over St Mary’s College at Clifford Park. Sean Rennison, Kolio Hifo and Diarmuid McCarthy scored Munsters’ tries, while Willie Staunton kicked five points with the boot.

Munsters’ can also still make the top four play-offs as the Greenfield side trail fourth-placed Ballynahinch by two points ahead of the Limerick side’s final fixture at home to leaders Lansdowne on April 11.

Meanwhile, new 1B leaders Garryowen will bounce straight back up to 1A for next season if they beat or draw with second-placed Galwegians in their final round fixture in Galway on April 11.

Garryowen took a one-point lead over ‘Wegians at the top of 1B, thanks to a 34-12, bonus point win at home to Malone at Dooradoyle.

The ‘light blues’ can secure a promotion play-off spot against the side finishing second-from-bottom in 1A should they lose out to Galwegians next month.

Garryowen scored five tries against Malone through JP Cooney, Josh Hrstich, Ed Rossiter, Aaron McCloskey and Ben Rowley.

Also in 1B both Shannon and UL-Bohs secured their places in the division for next season after recording excellent wins.

Seventh-placed Shannon defeated Ballymena 18-11 at Coonagh with tries from Richie Mullane and Niall Horan, while Tadhg Bennett scored eight points with the boot.

UL-Bohs produced a terrific display to pick up a bonus point in their 32-0 thumping of Buccaneers at Dubarry Park. UL-Bohs five-point haul means the Annacotty side are guaranteed to finish clear of the drop zone.

The Annacotty side scored five tries through their backs from Colin Ryan, Rory White, Darren Moroney, Robbie Bourke and Mossie Lawler.

In Division 2A, sixth-placed Thomond scored an impressive 47-24 bonus point win away to Bective Rangers. The win ensures Thomond’s place in Division 2A next season as the league is restructured.

In Division 2B, Bruff lie in seventh place after their 32-15 away defeat to Greystones, while tenth-placed Old Crescent were beaten 26-0 at Boyne, The clubs finishing 5-13 in Division 2B at the end of the regular league season will form a new Division 2C for 2015-2016.

Richmond’s hopes of surviving in the AIL for next season suffered a major blow when the 15th placed Limerick side lost 22-3 at Armagh.