Limerick Rugby - UL-Bohs push Mary’s all the way

GRITTY UL-Bohemian pushed holders St Mary’s College all the way before going down 17-13 on their return to the top flight of the All-Ireland League at Templeville Road.

GRITTY UL-Bohemian pushed holders St Mary’s College all the way before going down 17-13 on their return to the top flight of the All-Ireland League at Templeville Road.

UL-Bohs’ picked up a precious losing bonus point against the Dubliners, a confidence-boosting result ahead of the Limerick side’s first home fixture of the League against Cork Constitution this Saturday.

Visitors UL-Bohs’ went in front in the 21st minute when Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan opened the scoring with a close-in penalty.

The visitors’ defence was eventually breached in the 25th minute when St Mary’s replacement Marcus O’Driscoll drove over the line.

Chris Lilly converted and added a well-struck penalty to give the Dubliners a 10-3 interval advantage.

UL-Bohs’ cut into the Mary’s cushion just four minutes after the restart when Hanrahan kicked another penalty before Mary’s bagged a second try through number eight Kevin Croke.

Crotty added the conversion, but Bohs’ hit back superbly with a well-deserved try courtesy of replacement Rory Whyte.

The ever-reliable Hanrahan added the extras which made it a four-point game heading down the home stretch.

Hanrahan had a chance to reduce the margin even further with a 74th minute penalty, but he was wide of the mark with his kick from the left.

SCORERS – St Mary’s College: Tries: Marcus O’Driscoll, Kevin Croke; Cons: Ray Crotty, Chris Lilly; Pen: Chris Lilly

UL-Bohemian: Try: Rory Whyte; Con: JJ Hanrahan; Pens: JJ Hanrahan 2

ST MARY’S COLLEGE – Conor Hogan; Ray Crotty, Stephen Grissing, Philip Brophy, Darren Hudson; Andrew Burke, Matthew D’Arcy; Jack McGrath, Dylan Fawsitt, Robert Sweeney; Ciaran Ruddock, Gareth Logan; Kevin Sheahan, Gareth Austin, Kevin Croke. Replacements: Chris Lilly, Marcus O’Driscoll, Peter Starett, Kurt Haupt, Colm McMahon.

UL-BOHEMIAN – Ben Martin; Martin McPhail, Mossie Lawler, Niall Kenneally, Darren Moroney; JJ Hanrahan, Derek Farrell; Tom Doyle, Sean Henry, Alex Simpson; Ed Kelly (Capt), David Foley; Ed Rossiter, Ian Condell, Sean Rennison. Replacements: Garry Walsh, Conor Kindregan, Brian Walsh, Tim Rafferty, Rory White.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.