YOUNG Munster jumped up to third place in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League following a convincing 18-7 victory over Dolphin at Clifford Park.
In contrast, Limerick’s other representatives in 1A, Garryowen, continue to endure a torrid start to the season. The ‘light blues’ remain rooted to the foot of the table after suffering a disappointing 18-6 away defeat to Ballynahinch in their basement battle.
Young Munster were full value for their 11-point win over Dolphin at Greenfields. First half tries from Brian Haugh and Kolio Hifo helped the home side into a deserved 12-5 interval lead. Haugh added a third quarter penalty goal, while replacement Willie Staunton, recently returned to Munsters’ from Terenure College, sealed the win with a late drop goal. Munsters’ trail 1A pacesetters Clontarf - who they face next Saturday in Castle Avenue - by three points.
Bottom side Garryowen have slipped six points behind second-from-bottom Ballynahinch as a result of their 12-point defeat at Ballymacarn Park. Tom Tierney’s side, still without a win in the AIL this season, have just two losing bonus points to show from their opening six fixtures. Jamie Gavin kicked two first half penalty goals for the Limerick side in their latest defeat.
There was disappointment also for both UL-Bohemians and Shannon in Division 1B.
Fourth-placed UL-Bohs suffered a 10-13 home defeat to Corinthians at Annacotty. Adrian Enright bagged two tries for the home side, who trailed 5-10 at half-time.
Sixth-placed Shannon suffered their fourth defeat in six, when suffering a 17-25 reverse at the hands of table toppers Terenure College at Lakelands. Shannon had tries from David Quinlan and Conor Glynn, while Gearoid Lyons kicked a penalty goal and two conversions.
In Division 2A, Bruff now sit second-from-bottom, with Old Crescent just one place above them in the table, after both clubs suffered further defeats.
Old Crescent, with just one win to their credit, had to make-do with a losing bonus point from their long trip to Derry as the Rosbrien side lost 5-10 to City of Derry at Judge’s Road.
Bruff, yet to register a win in 2A this season, suffered a 57-14 drubbing at the hands of Old Wesley. Colm O’Sullivan scored Bruff’s consolation try in Donnybrook.
In Division 2B, Thomond continued their excellent start to the season when defeating Navan 34-10 at Fitzgerald Park. The outstanding Dermot Fitzgerald helped himself to 24 points in all, including scoring two tries for the home side, while Dean O’Brien and Leonard Slattery also crossed the whitewash in the ‘royal blues’ bonus point win.
Elsewhere in 2B, Richmond had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their trip to Towns Park as Midleton prevailed on a 17-11 scoreline.
Richmond lie 13th in the table, four points clear of bottom side Suttonians.