Limerick Rugby - Mixed day for local sides in AIL

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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YOUNG Munster lost their unbeaten start, while Garryowen remain rooted to the foot of the AIL Division 1A table after a frustrating day for Limerick’s two top flight League clubs.

YOUNG Munster lost their unbeaten start, while Garryowen remain rooted to the foot of the AIL Division 1A table after a frustrating day for Limerick’s two top flight League clubs.

Munsters’ shipped a 29-22 defeat to Lansdowne on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium, while Garryowen suffered a third successive loss, this time losing out on an 11-25 scoreline to leaders UCD at Dooradoyle.

A penalty goal from the boot of Brian Haugh with the last kick of the game saw Young Munster collect a losing bonus point from their trip to Lansdowne.

Haugh contributed all of Young Munster’s points, including a first half try and 17 points with the boot. Munsters’ led 13-7 at half-time.

Garryowen, who are single pointless after three games, trailed UCD 3-6 at half-time. The students added three second half tries to record a deserved win, however, Garryowen’s points came from a Harry McNulty try and two penalty goals from Jamie Gavin.

Meanwhile, both UL-Bohemian and Shannon recorded excellent wins in Division 1B.

UL-Bohs jumped up to fourth place in the table, thanks to an impressive 31-6 bonus point win over Malone at Gibson Park, while Shannon are fifth are recording their first win of the campaign.

Shannon, fresh from their plucky ODM Munster Senior Cup quarter-final success over Dolphin, defeated Dungannon 17-6 at Coonagh.

Duncan Casey and Luke O’Dea crossed for a pair of tries for Shannon, while Tadhg Bennett added seven points with the boot. Shannon had trailed 0-6 at half-time.

UL-Bohs scored three first half tries to lead Malone 21-3 at half-time. Two further second half tries helped UL-Bohs sealed an impressive win which takes the Annacotty side to within four points of leaders Terenure College. Rory White bagged two of the ‘Red, Red Robins’ five touchdowns, while Tim Rafferty kicked three conversions.

There was no joy for the Limerick’s two sides in 2A, with home defeats for both Old Crescent and Bruff.

Crescent shipped a 38-20 defeat to Rainey Old Boys at Rosbrien, while Bruff suffered a frustrating 9-10 defeat to Bective Rangers at Kilballyowen Park.

Old Crescent had led 17-16 at half-time against Rainey, helped by tries from Larry Hanly and Luke Russell. However, a Kevin Meade penalty was all the home side could add to their tally after the break, while Rainey pulled clear.

Bruff lie second-from-bottom in the table with just a single point to show from their three Division 2A fixtures to date.

Next up for Bruff is a tricky away game against Rainey Old Boys on Saturday next.

Meanwhile, Thomond jumped up to sixth place in the Division 2B table, thanks to a hard-earned 19-13 home derby win over Richmond at Liam Fitzgerald Park.

Richmond made the better start and two penalty goals helped the visitors into a useful 6-0 lead.

However, a try from Dean O’Brien brought Thomond to within a point of their local rivals, 5-6, at half-time.

The sides traded converted tries in the third quarter, with Brendan Guilfoyle crossing for Thomond.

The home side claimed the spoils and bragging rights when Rory Collins claimed a crucial third try in the final quarter.

The defeat leaves promoted Richmond in 13th place in the table with two losing bonus points from their opening three games.