Garryowen win in AIL 1B as UL-Bohs and Shannon lose

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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IN-FORM Garryowen picked up their sixth win in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League when seeing off Malone 16-12 at Gibson Park.

IN-FORM Garryowen picked up their sixth win in Division 1B of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League when seeing off Malone 16-12 at Gibson Park.

Garryowen led 10-7 at half-time, thanks to two tries from Alex Wootton, his fourth in two games, and Josh Hrstich. Two second half penalty goals from Jamie Gavin was enough to see the ‘light blues’ secure a precious win.

Despite the win, Garryowen dropped a spot to third place in the table, following Ballymena’s bonus point win over Shannon.

UL-Bohemian had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their 21-16 home defeat to Buccaneers on the back pitch at Thomond Park. This was UL-Bohs’ sixth successive loss in 1B.

Visitors Buccs’ led 9-3 at the end of a tight, competitive opening half. When the visitors scored the game’s opening try five minutes after the re-start to led 14-3, the Limerick side was facing an uphill battle. However, a Rory Whyte try and eight points from the boot of Shane Airey helped the Annacotty side into a narrow 16-14 lead. But the drama wasn’t over yet and a last gasp try for Buccs’, from the final play of the game, saw the visitors claim the four points on offer.

The losing bonus point helped UL-Bohs leapfrop Shannon into eighth place in the 1B table.

Shannon slipped to ninth place on the back of a 43-15 thumping at the hands of second-placed Ballymena.

The Limerick side had to play 70 minutes of the game with 14 men after one of their players was red-carded in the 10th minute. Ballymena led 7-0 at that stage and the Ulster side, who led 14-3 at half-time, scored six tries in all.

Shannon scored two tries of their own through David O’Donovan and Lee Nicholas just before full-time.

Shannon, who have won two of their eight AIL fixtures to date, are second-from-bottom in the table, three points ahead of basement side Belfast Harlequins.

Meanwhile, Young Munster will face Lansdowne in Division 1A of the AIL on Sunday, 2.30pm, on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium. The game was delayed 24 hours as a result of Ireland’s final autumn international with Australia at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.