GARRYOWEN’S hopes of remaining in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League were severely dented at home to Clontarf on a day when Thomond were the only one of Limerick’s eight senior sides to record a victory.
Garryowen remain rooted to the foot of 1A - now five points adrift of second-from-bottom Ballynahinch - after the ‘light blues’ suffered a 32-12 defeat to title-chasing ‘Tarf at Dooradoyle.
Despite making the perfect start when Alan Gaughan bagged a 20th minute try, visitors ‘Tarf replied with three tries in the second quarter to lead 22-7 at half-time.
‘Tarf went on to collect the try bonus point after the break, while Shane Buckley scored a consolation five-pointer for Garryowen. Ballynahinch moved five points clear of the automatic relegation spot after recording a 36-3 thumping of mid-table Young Munster. Ballynahinch scored five tries against their visitors, with Brian Haugh bagging a lone penalty for Munsters’.
In Division 1B, UL-Bohs promotion hopes suffered a major blow as the Annacotty side fell to a 12-8 defeat to second-placed Corinthians. Shane Airey scored the UL-Bohs try, while Robbie Bourke also added a penalty goal. Fourth-placed UL-Bohs are now eight points behind second-placed Corinthians with just three series of games remaining
Meanwhile, Shannon lost 5-24 to runaway leaders Terenure College on Thomond Park’s back pitch also in 1B. James Murphy scored Shannon’s try.
Old Crescent will join Bruff in Division 2B next season, after the Rosbrien side became the second Limerick club to be relegated from Division 2A.
Old Crescent suffered a 5-16 defeat at home to Cashel, while Bruff were thumped 31-0 at home to UCC.
In Division 2B, second-placed Thomond kept their strong promotion push very much alive after recording a convincing 36-10 victory over Midleton at Liam Fitzgerald Park.
Thomond are one of three teams on 50 points ahead of their final 2B fixture away to DLSP on Saturday, April 12.
The top two sides in 2B at the end of the final series of regular season games will gain automatic promotion to 2A next season, with the side finishing third involved in a promotion play-off.
Thomond scored six tries in all against Midleton, three in each half. Diarmuid Ryan bagged the bonus point try in the third quarter.
Also in 2B, ninth-placed Richmond lost 27-10 at Skerries.