YOUNG Munster’s slide down the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Division 1A table continued this Saturday when the Greenfields side suffered a 38-18 thumping away to Old Belvedere.
Munsters, who harboured genuine top-four play-off ambitions at the start of 2015, have now dropped to eighth-placed in the top flight table and are now hovering dangerously close to the drop zone. Munsters’ did manage three tries at Angleasea Road in their 20-point defeat to Belvo’ through Ben Kilkenny, Sean Duggan and Darren Gallagher. Next up for the Greenfields side is a crucial home fixture with Cork Constitution at Clifford Park on Saturday, February 21.
Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Garryowen maintained their strong promotion when edging out Belfast Harlequins 17-16 at Dooradoyle. Second-placed Garryowen, within one points of table toppers Galwegians, had tries from Shane Buckley, Ben Rowley and a penalty try.
Resilient Shannon eased their relegation worries with a precious 15-12 win over Corinthians at Coonagh. Shannon, who jumped up to sixth place in the table as a result of this win, had tries from Lee Nicholas and Dave Evans.
Another Limerick side, UL-Bohemians, have a fight on their hands in order to secure their 1B status for next season, following a 33-12 thumping at the hands of Ballymena. The defeat leaves UL-Bohs rooted to the foot of the 1B table, one point behind Corinthians and two adrift of eighth-placed Malone. The Annacotty side scored tries through Kevin O’Byrne and Darren Moroney. Robbie Bourke also kicked a conversion.
Meanwhile, in 2A, Thomond suffered a 9-3 defeat away to Cashel to lie in eighth place in the table.
In Division 2B on Friday night, Bruff scored a precious 5-3 derby win over Old Crescent at Kilballyowen Park. A Shane O’Brien penalty goal had Crescent 3-0 in front at half-time. However, seventh-placed Bruff hit back in the second half with Mark Cosgrave touching down for the match-winning try.
Struggling Richmond remain second-from-bottom in the table after suffering a disappointing 16-3 defeat to third-from-bottom Boyne at Richmond Park.