Black Saturday for Limerick clubs in the AIL

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
IT was a disappointing day for the Limerick sides in All-Ireland League action this Saturday with all three suffering defeats.

IT was a disappointing day for the Limerick sides in All-Ireland League action this Saturday with all three suffering defeats.

In Division 1A, Young Munster slipped down to seventh place in the table after shipping a heavy 30-6 defeat away to Ballynahinch.

Munsters’, who began the day in fourth place, led 6-3 at half-time, thanks to two penalty goal from Gearoid Lyons. However, the Ulster side took control after the game after the break, scoring three second half tries, to run out impressive winners.

Munsters’ are now three points off the semi-final play off places in Division 1A as a result of this heavy defeat.

UL-Bohs also endured a frustrating day on the road as the Red, Red Robins shipped a heavy 38-7 defeat away to Belfast Harlequins.

Seventh-placed UL-Bohs left themselves with a mountain to climb in the second half after trailing 26-7 at half-time. The UL-Bohs try came courtesy of Ian Condell, with Shane Airey adding the extras.

While UL-Bohs failed to score in the second half, ‘Quins added a further 12 points to seal a bonus point win.

There was also disappointment for Thomond in Division 2A who lost 25-15 to Old Wesley in Dublin. Thomond were left to rue a sluggish first half display as the home side racked up 18 unanswered points in the first 40.

Thomond did improve significantly after the break, scoring 15 points, but Wesley ran out deserving 10-point winners in the end.

Thomond have slipped to ninth place in the 2A table as a result of this defeat.

On Friday night in two derby clashes, Garryowen scored a convincing 34-17, bonus point, win over Shannon at Thomond Park, while in Division 2B, Old Crescent recorded a precious 7-0 away win over Richmond.