YOUNG Munster’s hopes of making the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Division 1A play-offs suffered a blow at Greenfields when the Limerick side suffered a frustrating 22-21 defeat to Terenure College.
Munsters’ lie in seventh place in the table, six points off the top four, after their first home defeat of the season.
The home side recovered well from a 17-9 half-time deficit to move 21-17 in front after an hour, thanks to a pair of tries from captain Ger Slattery. However, the Dubliners regained the lead when scoring their fourth try of the game with 66 minutes gone. Munsters’ did have a chance to secure a dramatic win late on, but Gearoid Lyons penalty attempt flew narrowly side in the blustery conditions.
In Division 1B, Garryowen maintained their promotion push after the ‘light blues’ moved up to second place in the table with an impressive 39-10 bonus point win away to Corinthians.
The Dooradoyle side scored six tries in all through Alex Wootton, Andrew O’Byrne, Jamie Glynn, John Mark Griffin, Shane Buckey and Ed Rossiter. Jamie Gavin also kicked nine points.
Garryowen are now just one point behind Division 1B leaders Galwegians.
There was disappointment for both UL-Bohemian and Shannon, however, in Division 1B.
Eighth placed Shannon lie just above the relegation zone after suffering a 25-7 defeat away to Buccaneers. Shane Mullally scored the Shannon try, while Ronan McKenna converted. Buccs’ had led 10-0 at half-time.
Meanwhile, UL-Bohemian remain in the relegation zone after going down on an 18-15 scoreline to Galwegians on the back pitch at Thomond Park. Jack O’Donoughue and Darren Moroney scored tries for the Annacotty side, while Robbie Bourke kicked a penalty and Shane Airey added a conversion. While UL-Bohs are ninth in the table, the Red, Red Robins are just two points off safety.