STAND-IN Young Munster coach John Staunton got his latest term in charge of the side off to the perfect start as the Greenfields side secured their first win of the Ulster Bank League 1A season with 34-29 success away to Ballynahinch.
Garryowen are up to third place in the 1A table - two points off pacesetters Old Belvedere - as a result of their hard-earned 18-9 victory over a plucky Galwegians side at Dooradoyle.
In Division 2A, Thomond dropped to bottom place, despite taking a losing bonus point from their 31-27 defeat away to Malone at Gibson Park.
In Division 2C, leaders Old Crescent continued their excellent start to the campaign after scoring an excellent 25-16 win away to Midleton. Bruff jumped up to third place in the 2C table courtesy of an impressive 23-12 bonus point victory away at Boyne.
Young Munster laid the foundation for their first win of the campaign in 1A in the opening half after which the Greenfields side led 22-3 at Ballymacarn Park.
Tries from Ger Slattery, Sean Duggan and Dan Goggin set Munsters’ on their way with Alan Kennedy bagging the bonus point try in the second period, while Diarmuid McCarthy later added a fifth five-pointer. With Paul Downes in excellent form with the boot, Munsters led 34-3. However, Ballynahinch stormed back to score 26 unanswered points, including four tries to leave five points between the sides at full-time.
Garryowen hot back to winning ways by seeing off Galwegians who had beaten them twice in 1B last season by nine points at Dooradoyle.
Garryowen led 11-6 at half-time, thanks to a Shane Buckley try and two penalty goals from Neil Cronin.
Team captain Josh Hrstich added the ‘light blues’ second try after the break which Cronin converted.
Thomond were fighting an uphill battle away to Malone in Division 2A when trailing 26-6 at half-time. However, the Limerick side, who dropped to bottom spot as a result of this defeat, did battle back late on to secure a losing bonus point.
In Division 2C, leaders Old Crescent are one point clear of Wanderers as a result of their fifth successive league win. Old Crescent had trailed Midleton 8-9 at half-time, but 17 second half points guided the Rosbrien side to victory over their Munster rivals.
Bruff got back to winning ways in 2C when seeing off eighth-placed Boyne. Bruff led 13-0 at half-time with two tries, from Mark Cosgrove and Sean Darcy. Tony Cahill and Cosgrove added second half tries for the Limerick side to secure a bonus point win.
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