GARRYOWEN’S recent revival in Division 1A of the AIL came to an abrupt halt on the back of a 26-20 away defeat to UCD on Saturday.
While bottom-placed Garryowen had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their trip to Belfield, the ‘light blues’ were relieved to learn that they remain just two points behind second-from-bottom Ballynahich who suffered defeat to St Mary’s.
Garryowen looked set for a thumping when trailing 26-6 at half-time, with Jamie Gavin kicking two penalties for the ‘light blues’
However, Garryowen produced a gutsy second half display and converted tries from JP Cooney and James McInerney helped the ‘light blues’ secure a losing bonus point. Next up for Garryowen is a crucial home tie with Cork Con on March 15.
Fifth-placed Young Munster produced a rip-roaring second half comeback to edge out Lansdowne 24-21 at Clifford Park. Munsters’ appeared set for a heavy defeat, when conceding three tries inside the opening 30 minutes to fall 21-3 in arrears at the break.
However, the home side came storming back after the break with tries from lock Alan Kennedy, a penalty try and crucially a third five-pointer from Barry Gibbons deep in injury time helped the home side secure a thrilling win. Scrum-half Brian Haugh kicked a penalty goal and three conversions.
In Division 1B, UL-Bohs remain in the promotion play-off hunt after scoring a plucky 19-12 away victory over Dublin University.
UL-Bohs were awarded a penalty try against the students, while winger Robbie Burke kicked four penalties and a conversion.
The Annacotty side are seven points off the promotion play-off berth in 1B, currently occupied by Corinthians.
Shannon are sixth in the table, with games in hand on the sides above them in the table, after a 29-10 home defeat to Buccaneers.
Munster back-row forward Paddy Butler bagged Shannon’s try, while Rob Guerin added five points with the boot.
Meanwhile, Bruff and Old Crescent’s relegation worries are growing in 2A on the back of two defeats.
Second-from-bottom placed Old Crescent shipped a disappointing 26-15 away defeat to Banbridge, while bottom-placed Bruff suffered a heart-breaking 17-16 away defeat to Highfield.
Old Crescent, who trailed 20-12 at half-time, had tries from Alan Bennie and Conor O’Driscoll while Gareth Quinn-McDonogh added five points with the boot,
Bruff, who were beaten by a last minute try, had a five-pointer from Stephen Keogh, while Richie McAuliffe kicked 11 points.
In 2B, Thomond remain well in the promotion hunt after scoring an impressive 26-5 away win over Ards. The Fitzgerald Park side are now four points behind second-placed Greystones.
Meanwhile, Richmond’s scheduled 2B clash with Instonians at Richmond Park was postponed.