THERE were four Limerick wins in the Ulster Bank League this Saturday, including one for new Young Munster coach David Corkery over high-flying Old Belvedere in Division 1A at Clifford Park.
Munsters’ edged Belvo’ 20-18 in an exciting contest at Greenfields which to move up to eighth place in the top flight table. The home side led 15-11 thanks to tries from James O’Connor and Dan Goggin.
A third Munsters’ try after 53 minutes from Michael Vaughan proved key, although Old Belvo’, who had Munsters’ old boy Willie Staunton playing at out-half, remained fiercely competitive right to the final whistle. Out-half Gearoid Lyons kicked five points for the winners who host Cork Con next weekend.
Meanwhile, Garryowen dropped to fourth place in Division 1A after suffering a frustrating 17-10 defeat away to Lansdowne.
Garryowen trailed 3-7 at half-time with scrum-half Neil Cronin kicking a penalty goal for the ‘light blues’ on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium. Conan Doyle’s Garryowen side added a second half try through Andrew O’Byrne which Cronin converted.
In Division 1B, Shannon make it back-to-back wins with an excellent 25-17 success over Old Wesley on the back pitch at Thomond Park.
Marcus Horan’s side, which led 19-14 at half-time, had a try from Will Leonard, while the ever-dependable Tadhg Bennett enjoyed a terrific day with the boot, kicking 20 points in all, including six penalties. Shannon remain third-from-bottom ahead of next weekend’s visit to Belfast Harlequins.
Also in Division 1B, UL-Bohs returned to winning ways after scoring a precious 21-14 victory over Blackrock College at Stradbrook.
UL-Bohs won the fixture with the last play of the game after winning a scrum against the head on half way and working the ball through the phases before Jamie McNamara got over in the corner for his second try of the game. Rick McKenna superbly landed the conversion from close to the touchline to go with three earlier penalties. Munster scrum-half Cathal Sheridan and Noel Kinnane played starring roles in the ninth-placed Red, Red Robins second victory of the campaign.
In Division 2A, Thomond secured a precious 33-20 victory over Nenagh Ormond at Liam Fitzgerald Park. Thomond trailed their Tipperary visitors by a point, 11-12, at half-time but racked up 22 points in the second half to record a comfortable win.
This was only Thomond’s second win in 2A this season, but in a very competitive division, the royal blues are within three points of fourth-placed Naas.
There was disappointment for the two Limerick sides playing in Division 2C as both suffered home defeats.
Old Crescent lost their five-game winning start to the AIL season and were knocked off the top of the table after suffering a frustrating 24-25 defeat to Wanderers at Rosbrien.
Meanwhile, fifth-placed Bruff went down 22-25 to Midleton at Kilballyowen Park.
Old Crescent looked to be in cruise control when three tries saw the home side leading 19-3 at half-time against Wanderers. While Crescent went on to add a bonus point try, the Limerick side conceded three five-pointers to end up losing the game and falling a point behind their pace-setting opponents Wanderers in the 2C table.
Bruff trailed Midleton 13-16 at half-time with the South Limerick side’s scores coming from a Davy Horan try and eight points from the boot of Tony Cahill. Cahill added three second half penalty goals, but the Co Cork side held firm to claim a narrow win.