AIL wins for Young Munster, Shannon and Old Crescent

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

There was a busy schedule of games in the Ulster Bank League today
THERE were just three Limerick wins on a day of mixed fortunes for local sides in the Ulster Bank League.

THERE were just three Limerick wins on a day of mixed fortunes for local sides in the Ulster Bank League.

In Division 1A, Garryowen remain third in the table, despite suffering a 45-19 drubbing at the hands of high-flying UCD at Belfield.

Garryowen, who trailed 21-7 at half-time, scored three tries through Neil Cronin, Jordan Coughlan and Dave Sherry.

Meanwhile, at Clifford Park, fifth-placed Young Munster boosted their play-off hopes, thanks to a precious 14-6 win over Terenure College.

Former South African U-20 player Abrie Griesel scored a precious second half try for Munsters’, while out-half Gearoid Lyons added three penalty goals.

In Division 1B, sixth-placed Shannon got back to winning ways with a vital 13-3 away win over Dolphin at Musgrave Park.

Greg O’Shea scored a crucial try for Marcus Horan’s Shannon side, while Tadhg Bennett kicked two penalties. The game saw David O’Donovan win a landmark 200th All-Ireland League cap.

Elsewhere, in 1B, ninth-placed UL-Bohemian had to be satisfied with taking a losing bonus point from their frustrating 15-17 defeat to high-flying Ballymena at Annacotty.

UL-Bohs, who led 9-5 at half-time, had 15 points from the boot of Rick McKenna. Ballymena scored three tries.

In Division 2A, Thomond suffered a 27-18 defeat away to Naas to remain second-from-bottom.

Thomond, who have won just twice in the AIL this season, are edging 10th-placed Corinthians on points difference.

In Division 2C, leaders Old Crescent cemented their place at the top of the table thanks to a 52-5 drubbing of Dundalk RFC at Rosbrien.

Larry Hanley and Brendan Gilfoyle bagged two tries each for the home side, while Padraig and Sean Monaghon also crossed the whitewash along with Captain Cathal O’Reilly and Marty Ryan.

Old Crescent are now five points clear of second-placed Tullamore.

Bruff dropped to fourth place in the table after suffering a frustrating 16-14 defeat away to struggling Sligo.

Mike Cooke and Tony Cahill scored the Bruff tries.