HOLDERS UL-Bohemian and Old Crescent will meet in the semi-finals of the Limerick Charity Cup after winning through their quarter-final ties in contrasting fashions on Saturday.
UL-Bohs had to recover from a 13-point half-time deficit against Bruff at Annacotty before edging past their plucky visitors 21-16 with a late try. In contrast, Old Crescent produced an impressive second half display, scoring five tries in all, in a comfortable 36-6 win over Thomond at Rosbrien.
A surprise looked on the cards at Annacotty as AIL Division 2A side, Bruff, led their Division 1B hosts, UL-Bohs, 16-3 at half-time.
The county Limerick side had a try conversion and three penalties from Brain Cahill, while Derek Farrell landed a penalty goal for the Colm Tucker-coached home side.
However, UL-Bohs, who regained the Cup with an impressive final win over Young Munster last season, hit back strongly after the break. Rory Whyte struck for two tries for the home side – the second proving decisive after the sides had been level 16-16 – and also added a conversion. Frawley kicked two penalty goals.
Saturday’s second quarter-final ended up a more one-sided affair after a tight opening half, with AIL Division 2A side Old Crescent proving much too strong for Division 2B outfit, Thomond at Rosbrien.
The home side led 10-6 at half-time. Alan Bennie scored two tries for Crescent, while Larry Hanly, Graham O’Keeffe and Luke Russell also dotted down five-pointers for the Rosbrien side. Shane Mullally converted four of the tries and also added a penalty. Dermot Fitzgerald replied with two penalties for Thomond.
The scheduled meeting of Shannon and Nenagh Ormond at Coonagh was called off.
Last season’s beaten Limerick Charity Cup finalists, Young Munster, begin their quest to regain the title when they host newly promoted Richmond at Tom Clifford Park on tomorrow, Tuesday, night. Kick-off is at 6.45pm.