STRUGGLING Young Munster have dropped into the relegation play-off place in Ulster Bank League Division 1A after losing 6-3 at home to Cork Con at Greenfields.
Munsters’ paid a heavy price for a lack of a clinical edge as a Gearoid Lyons penalty goal in the second half was their only points. Top four play-off contenders Cork Con led 3-0 at half-time and while Lyons’ penalty goal levelled matters in the third quarter, replacement Tomas Quinlan won the game for the visitors when landing a second half penalty.
Munsters’ fourth successive defeat has seen the Greenfields side drop into the relegation play-off place in the 1A table with a fixture against bottom side Dolphin next up on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in 1B, Garryowen kept their promotion hopes very much alive after scoring an excellent 24-23 win against Dublin University at College Park.
Second-placed Garryowen, who led 21-6 at half-time, scored three fine tries with out-half Jamie Gavin landing the match winning penalty late on.
Garryowen are two points behind leaders Galwegians and five clear of third-place Dublin University.
Shannon remain seventh in the 1B table after suffering a heavy 31-13 defeat away to Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park. Shannon trailed 3-14 at half-time.
Spirited UL-Bohs moved out of the relegation zone in 1B after scoring a precious 16-6 home win over Malone at Annacotty. Mossie Lawler scored a crucial try for UL-Bohs in the opening half, while Robbie Bourke kicked 11 points.
Thomond remain eighth in Division 2A after suffering a disappointing 8-27 defeat to UCC at Fitzgerald Park.
In Division 2B, seventh-placed Bruff fell to a frustrating 12-15 defeat to Midleton at Kilballyowen Park. Elsewhere in the Division, eighth-placed Old Crescent defeated winless Ards 17-5 at Rosbrien.
Resilient Richmond have given themselves a chance of avoiding relegation from the AIL after scoring a timely 17-16 home victory over Sunday’s Well. Second-from-bottom Richmond remain in one of the automatic relegation places, but have closed to within three points of the two sides directly above them in the table.