Limerick Rugby - Late drama for local clubs in AIL

Steven Miller

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Steven Miller

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There was late drama in a number of the AIL games involving Limerick teams at the weekend with only UL Bohs coming out on the right side of the scoreline.

There was late drama in a number of the AIL games involving Limerick teams at the weekend with only UL Bohs coming out on the right side of the scoreline.

An injury time penalty from Robbie Bourke gave UL Bohs a 16-13 win over Dublin University in Division 1B in Annacotty on Saturday minutes after the visitors had looked set to claim a draw after a Conor Kearns penalty.

A Jack O’Donoghue try had given Bohs the lead in the second half but the visitors fought back and a try from Mark Nicholson had them back in contention before the late drama saw Bohs take their third win in four games.

In Division 1A, Young Munster and Garryowen both lost out late on. A 79th penalty from Irish U-20 scrum-half Steve Crosbie helped Old Belvedere to a 13-10 over Young Munster in Tom Clifford Park.

Tries from Derry O’Connor and Ger Slattery had Young Munster level at 10-10 but the visitors kept their composure and Crosbie struck for the winner.

Garryowen looked like getting their first win away to Cork Con. Tries from Harry McNulty and Barry O’Mahony had them 15-6 up but late tries from Brian Cagney and James Ryan saw Con win 18-15.

Shannon also went down to a 25-22 loss away to Buccaneers despite being 17-13 up as the game entered the final ten minutes. A try from Richie Mullane and six points from Tadgh Bennett had them 11-10 up at the break and Bennett added two more in the secondh half. But Buccs crossed for two late tries to seal the win and Shannon needed an even later effor from Keith White to earn a losing bonus point.

In Division 2A, Old Crescent went down 15-0 away to NUIM Barnhall while Bruff lost 10-9 away to Rainey Old Boys.

In Division 2B, Richmond recorded their first win of the season thanks to a 6-0 triumph over Armagh at home while Thomond drew 19-19 away to Sligo to stay in touch with the sides at the top.

Next weekend sees two local derbies with Garryowen hosting Young Munster on Friday night in Dooradoyle in 1A while on Saturday in 1B Shannon entertain UL Bohs in Coonagh. There are no games in Division 2A or 2B until November 23.