YOUNG Munster’s top four play-off hopes in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League have suffered a major blow following their 12-11 defeat to basement side Dolphin at Musgrave Park this Saturday.
Seventh-placed Munsters are now seven points off the top four places as a result of this frustrating defeat in Cork. Dolphin, who were recording their first win at the 11th attempt, led 12-3 at half-time with the Limerick side’s only points in the opening half coming from a Gearoid Lyons penalty.
Munsters’ got themselves right back into the game after the break when Shane O’Leary touched down and a second penalty goal for the Greenfields side from Lyons left a single point between the teams.
However, Munsters’ were unable to bridge the gap and had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their sixth defeat in 11 AIL fixtures this season.
Next up for Munsters’ is a critical home tie against second-placed Terenure College on Saturday next at Clifford Park, 2.30pm.
Both Garryowen and Shannon recorded excellent wins in Division 1B of the AIL, but there was disappointment for UL-Bohemian in their home tie against Dublin University.
Third-placed Garryowen remain strongly in the promotion race after recording a deserved 28-20 win over Buccaneers at Dooradoyle. The ‘light blues’ scored three second half tries through Alex Wootton, Steven McMahon and Ed Rossiter to seal an important win. Out-half Jamie Gavin also kicked 13 points.
The win leaves Garryowen just two points behind leaders Galwegians and one adrift of second-placed Ballymena.
Shannon boosted their survival hopes in 1B and did city rivals Garryowen a favour to boot when beating table toppers Galwegians 18-3 in Galway. Shannon had led 11-3 at half-time.
This was an excellent win for the Parish side which has jumped up to seventh place and three points clear of the drop zone as a result of the success. Shannon’s points came courtesy of tries from David O’Donovan and Stephen Fitzgerald as well as two Tadhg Bennett penalties and a conversion from Ronan McKenna.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for UL-Bohemian who suffered a 32-13 thumping at the hands of an in-form Dublin University side on the back pitch at Thomond Park.
The defeat leaves the Annacotty side in the relegation places in ninth place in the table. UL-Bohs points came through an Ian Condell try and eight points from the boot of Shane Airey. Next up for UL-Bohs is a home game against table toppers Galwegians next Saturday.