TENACIOUS Young Munster set up an Ulster Bank League Division 1 semi-final showdown with Lansdowne on the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch on April 25 after beating the same Dublin side on a dramatic final day of regular season fixtures.
A combination of Munsters’ excellent 15-5 victory over Lansdowne at Tom Clifford Park and Ballynahinch’s 33-18 defeat at home to Clontarf saw John Staunton’s side secure a precious fourth place finish in the 1A table.
First half tries from Paul Allen and Diarmuid McCarthy, together with a penalty goal and conversion from the boot of Gearoid Lyons helped Munsters’ record a deserved 10-point win over Lansdowne. Munsters’ had led 12-0 at half-time.
While Munsters’ travel to the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium for their semi-final showdown with Lansdowne in two weeks’ time, second-placed Terenure College will third-placed Clontaf in the other last four clash on the game day.
Meanwhile, Garryowen missed out on automatic promotion to Division 1A after suffering a frustrating 17-13 defeat to 1B winners Galwegians at a blustery Crowley Park.
Garryowen did at least have the compensation of earning a promotion play-off clash away to 1A side St Mary’s College later this month after pipping Dublin University for second spot.
Garryowen’s points tally in a disappointing defeat came courtesy of an Andrew O’Byrne try and 8 points from the boot of Jamie Gavin.
Elsewhere, in 1B, former Munster player Mossie Lawler signed of a hugely impressive playing career when helping UL-Bohs recorda 24-19 bonus point win over Corinthians on the back pitch at Thomond Park.
Shane Airey scored two tries for the Annacotty side, while Joe Moloney and Joe Murray also bagged five pointers. Shannon ended their 1B campaign with a thrilling 37-34 try bonus point defeat to Malone at Gibson Park. Shannon scored four tries through Hugh Kelliher, Simon Malone, Declan Moloney and David O’Donovan, who also added 14 points with the boot.
Thomond finished eighth place in Division 2A after suffering a 11-16 home defeat to Naas at Liam Fitzgerald Park.
There was disappointment for Richmond who lost their All-Ireland League status despite scoring a deserved 21-12 win at home to Kanturk. Richmond scored three tries, as the home side was awarded two penalty tries and Gearoid Phelan also touched down. However, the win wasn’t enough for Richmond to avoid relegation as DLSP secured the relegation play-off place on offer in 2B thanks to their 41-0 thumping of already relegated Ards.
Elsewhere, in 2A, Old Crescent signed off with a 22-24 home defeat to navan, while Bruff succumbed 12-27 to Boyne at Kilballyowen Park. Both Old Crescent and Bruff will be playing in the new Division 2C next season.