Garryowen and Thomond win while Richmond draw in AIL

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

Four Limerick sides recorded wins on a hectic Saturday of Ulster Bank League action
GARRYOWEN and Thomond recorded wins, while Richmond drew, on a mixed day for Limerick sides in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.

GARRYOWEN and Thomond recorded wins, while Richmond drew, on a mixed day for Limerick sides in the Ulster Bank All-Ireland League.

Young Munster had their bid for a fourth successive Division 1A win disappointingly ended by St Mary’s College at Templeville Road this Saturday.

First half-tries from Yasin Browne and Sean Rennison helped Munsters’ into a 12-9 half-time lead. However, the visitors surrendered their advantage in the second half, with St Mary’s kicking four penalty goals to record a 21-15 win. Third-placed Munsters’, who had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their trip to the capital have now slipped nine points behind 1A leaders Terenure College.

Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Garryowen moved up to second place in the table, thanks to an exciting 32-24 bonus point win over Ballymena at Dooradoyle. Winger Alex Wootton bagged a hat-trick of tries for the ‘light blues’ while Munster flanker Barry O’Mahony also touched down as the home side leapfrogged their opponents in the 1B table.

Shannon’s 20-16 1B derby win over UL-Bohemian at Thomond Park on Friday night saw them leapfrog the Annacotty side on points difference in the table and move three points clear of bottom side Belfast Harlequins.

In Division 2A, Thomond got back to winning ways with a welcome 16-13 victory over Skerries at Liam Fitzgerald Park. The win has Thomond fourth in the table. It was a memorable day for the ‘royal blues’ who were also presented with the Limerick Charity Cup and officially opened their impressive new club facilities, including dressing rooms and a gym.

In Division 2B, Richmond recorded a gritty 10-10 home draw with second-placed Sligo. The draw helped 15th placed Richmond end a five-game losing run in Division 2B this season.

Bruff are sixth in the table after suffering a last gasp 24-23 defeat to Tullamore at Spollanstown. Bruff led 23-19 in the closing minutes of the game, but the concession of a late try proved their undoing.

Old Crescent’s hopes of making it back-to-back wins in the AIL were ended by Sunday’s Well who emerged victorious on a 10-0 scoreline from their Munster derby in Cork.