YOUNG Munster moved up to fifth place in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League thanks to an impressive away win over Terenure College on a day when Garryowen suffered a disappointing home defeat to leaders UCD also in the top flight.
Munsters’ laid the foundation for their fourth win of the campaign in the opening half after which David Corkery’s side, back by a strong wind, held a handsome 26-3 lead,
Gearoid Lyons, who helped himself to 18 points in all, grabbed one of Munsters’ four tries, while Ben Kilkenny also crossed the whitewash. Paul Downes kicked a first half penalty goal in the 26-8 success for the Greenfields side.
Meanwhile, at Dooradoyle, Garryowen fell to a frustrating 13-6 defeat to UCD. The ‘light blues’ who had two of their three previous League games prior to kick-off, led 6-3 at half-time, thanks to two Neil Cronin penalty goals. However, the students scored two tries inside the final quarter, through Sean McNulty and former Garryowen scrum-half Jamie Glynn to score a precious victory. The losing bonus point the home side secured sees Conan Doyle’s side slip five points behind the table topping students.
In Division 1B, Shannon after up to a lofty fifth position in the table after scoring an exciting 30-19 bonus point victory over Dolphin in difficult windy and wet conditions at Coonagh.
Despite playing with the aid of a gale force wind in the first half, Shannon trailed 10-12 at half-time. The home side’s tries in the opening 40 minutes came from Richard Mullane and Simon Malone.
Shannon’s play improved in the second period, despite playing into the elements, with tries from Will Leonard and David O’Donovan as well as a penalty try sealing a fourth successive victory for Marcus Horan’s side.
Meanwhile, UL-Bohs remain ninth in 1B after the Annacotty side suffered a 15-6 defeat away to Ballymena.
UL-Bohs were on level terms, 6-6, at half-time thanks to two penalty goals from Rick McKenna. However, second-placed Ballymena scored nine unanswered points in the second half to deny the Limerick side even a losing bonus point.
In Division 2A, Thomond have slipped to second-from-bottom in the table after suffering a disappointing 29-10 defeat at home to Naas. Thomond, who have recorded just two wins from eight league fixtures, are now level on points with bottom side Corinthians and a point behind eighth-placed Nenagh Ormond. Thomond trailed by 17 points at half-time.
In Division 2C, free-scoring Old Crescent moved five points clear at the top of the table after scoring an impressive 29-18 bonus point win away to Dundalk.
The Limerick side had the try bonus side secured by half-time with tries from Larry Hanly (2), Seaghan Gleeson and Marty Ryan helping the visitors into a sizeable 26-13 interval lead. Hanly ended up with a fine haul of 19 points.
Also in 2C, Bruff moved up to third place, six point behind leaders Old Crescent, after recording a resounding 19-0 victory over Sligo at Kilballyowen Park.
Brian Cahill scored two tries for the home side, while Paidi Kilcoyne added a third five-pointer.