Four Limerick wins in the All-Ireland League

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

This is another busy period for domestic rugby fixtures
JUST one Limerick side from the four clubs playing in the top two Divisions of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League recorded wins this Saturday.

JUST one Limerick side from the four clubs playing in the top two Divisions of the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League recorded wins this Saturday.

However, all three local sides operating in Divisions 2A and 2C recorded precious wins in the third series of league fixtures.

In Division 1A, promoted Garryowen maintained their unbeaten start after stunning Cork Con 23-19 to Cork Con in dramatic fashion at Dooradoyle.

Garryowen scored three tries inside the opening quarter, from Steve McMahon, Neil Cronin and full-back Wootton to lead 15-3.

Con’ rallied to trail by two points, 13-15 at half-time and a James Murphy try had the visitors in front. However, Garryowen made a strong final push to win the spoils and Wootton crossed for a decisive bonus point try in the seventh minute of injury time.

Elsewhere, in 1A, winless Young Munster suffered a 56-22 thumping at the hands of free-scoring UCD at Belfield Bowl. Munsters’, now second-from-bottom in the top flight table, shipped nine tries in all, responding with three of their own.

Young Munster’s three tries came from their powerful pack, through Sean Duggan, Alan Kennedy and Tom Goggin. Former South Africa Under-20 scrum half Abrie Griesel made his first league appearance for the Limerick side as a second half replacement.

There was disappointment for the two Limerick sides competing in Division 1B as UL-Bohemian fell to a 28-13 home defeat to Dolphin at Thomond Park, while Shannon are still searching for their first win after a 45-12 thumping at the hands of St Mary’s College.

UL-Bohs conceded no fewer than three penalty tries, while Will Hanly also crossed the whitewash in the Cork side’s bonus point win. UL-Bohs, who led 6-0 at half-time, had a try from Cian Aherne, while Robbie Bourke added eight points with the boot.

Bottom side Shannon conceded six tries at relegated St Mary’s, while Marcus Horan’s charges scored two tries in reply through John Stephen Shine and Richie Mullane.

In Division 2A, Thomond recorded a precious 22-21 victory against Banbridge at Fitzgerald Park.

Thomond scored three tries from Eoin O’Carroll, Wayne Mullaney and Jamie McGarry, while Fiach O’Loughlin secured the win for the home side with a last gasp drop goal.

Both Limerick sides in 2C, Old Crescent and Bruff, extended their winning starts with two away wins.

Old Crescent defeated Kanturk 18-11 in Co Cork, while Bruff edged past Navan 17-15 in Co Meath. Second-placed Crescent moved to within one point of 2C leaders Bruff with this latest win. Crescent host Boyne on Saturday next.

Bruff’s tries in their two-point win over Navan came from Brendan Deady and Brian Cahill.