THE second series of Ulster Bank League games ended in bitter disappointment for Old Crescent, Thomond and Bruff with the three sides suffering sizeable defeats.
Old Crescent failed to reverse the result of their ODM Munster Senior Cup defeat to Cashel when going down 29-16 to the Tipperary side in Division 2A of the AIL at Spafield.
The side had been level, 16-16, at the break. Crescent’s points came from Aidan McNulty who bagged a try, three penalties and a conversion. However, Cashel upped their performance in the second period and 13 unanswered points saw the home side ease to victory. Next up for Crescent is a home tie with UCC at Rosbrien on Saturday, October 27.
In 2B, Thomond slipped to 13th spot after shipping a heavy 40-14 defeat to NUIM Barnhall at Fitzgerald Park.
The visitors scored five tries in a 20-minute spell either side of half-time to ease to victory.
There was little evidence of the visitors going on to enjoy a comfortable afternoon following a highly competitive opening half an hour. However, the complexion of the game changed utterly just before the break when NUIM Barnhall bagged their first try and were quickly 19-0 to the good at half-time.
Two further converted tries soon after the break saw the Co Kildare side build a commanding 33-0 lead.
Thomond finally opened their account in the 63rd minute when Kevin O’Mahoney sniped over for a try which John Lillis converted.
Ten minutes later the home side notched a second try, this time from Fernando Gallant, which Lillis again converted.
Meanwhile, after their opening weekend win in 1B, Bruff shifted a heavy defeat to free-scoring UCD at Belfield.
The Dublin students stormed clear in the second half, running in six tries in all, in a 42-10 triumph.
Bruff got off to a solid start, with out-half Brian Carroll slotting an early penalty. However, James Thornton was quick to reply for the hosts who led 11-3 at the interval.
The Limerick side defended well in and around half-time and were able to add a try from centre Tom O’Callaghan, but UCD’s class came to the fore as the home side bagged five further tries.