Just one Limerick win on black day for local clubs in AIL

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

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IT was a black day for Limerick clubs in the Ulster Bank League with five of the seven local sides losing their round four fixtures.

IT was a black day for Limerick clubs in the Ulster Bank League with five of the seven local sides losing their round four fixtures.

The only Limerick win on the day was Old Crescent’s thumping 31-16 bonus point victory over Boyne which takes the Rosbrien side top of Division 2C.

Meanwhile, Young Munster picked up their second draw in Division 1A after sharing the spoils, 27-27 with Clontarf at Tom Clifford Park.

Garryowen lost their unbeaten record in 1A after suffering a 23-22 defeat to Terenure College at Lakelands.

Garryowen lost a nine-point lead in the final quarter to slip to fourth in the table. A try from Josh Hrstich and a Neil Cronin penalty had Garryowen 8-6 in front at half-time. Steve McMahon and scrum-half Cronin added tries in the third quarter as Garryowen pulled 22-13 in front. However, Terenure rallied strongly and Jack Swaine’s late penalty sealed victory for the home side.

Young Munster lie second from bottom in 1A following their second draw of the campaign at Clifford Park. Munsters trailed table toppers Clontarf 13-21 at half-time. South African scrum-half Abrie Griesel, winger Darragh O’Neill and flanker Diarmaid Dee scored Munsters’ tries, while Paul Downes added 12 points with the boot.

In Division 1B, Marcus Horan’s Shannon side remain rooted to the foot of the table after suffering a 22-19 home defeat to Ballymena.

Shannon led 12-8 at half time with two tries from Tony Cusack. When Conor Glynn crossed for the home side’s third try seventeen minutes into the second half, which Shane Airey converted their lead had stretched to 11 points, 19-8.

However, the home side, without a league win this season, failed to score for the remainder of the game. Two late tries from Ballymena on 66 and 79 minutes guided the Ulster side to victory.

Meanwhile, UL-Bohemian dropped to eighth place in the 1B table after losing 39-21 to Dublin University at College Park.

UL-Bohs, who led 15-13 at half-time, conceded five tries in all and were outscored 26-6 in the second half. Robbie Bourke bagged all of UL-Bohs points with seven penalties.

In Division 2A, Thomond had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their trip to Galway after suffering a 19-12 defeat to Corinthians. The Limerick side had trailed 16-0 at half-time and 19-0 in the second half. However, two late tries ensured eighth-placed Thomond did not return from the West empty-handed.

In Division 2C, Old Crescent maintained their winning start to the season after recording a convincing 31-16 bonus point win over Boyne.

Table toppers Old Crescent, who led 19-9 at half-time, scored five tries in all. Kevin Doyle helped himself to a brace of touchdowns, while captain Cathal O’Reilly, Marty Ryan and Nigel Kerr also touched down. Larry Hanly landed three conversions.

Also in 2C, Bruff lost their 100% record when slipping to a disappointing 31-23 home defeat to Kanturk.

The sides had been level, 12-12, at the end of the first half. Bruff scored three tries through hooker John Hogan, full-back Brendan Deady and an early penalty try. Tony Cahill kicked two penalties and a conversion for fourth placed Bruff.