Three Limerick clubs record precious AIL wins

Three Limerick clubs record precious AIL wins

THREE local sides recorded precious wins on a day of mixed fortunes for Limerick clubs in the Ulster Bank League.

In Division 1A, third-placed Young Munster fell to a 32-27 defeat to Dublin University at College Park.

A drmaatic late try helped the students edge victory. Young Munster, who led 10-8 at half-time, had tries from Craig O'Hanlon, Cian Bohane and Jack Harrington.

In the same division, Garryowen were also denied at the death as the ‘Light Blues’ suffered a 16-14 reverse at the hands of Clontarf.

Mid-table Garryowen, who trailed 0-10 at half-time, had tries from Alex Wootton and Liam Coombes, both converted by Neil Cronin.

High-flying UL-Bohemian continue to lead the way in 1B after making it four wins on the bounce, thanks to a hard-earned 27-23 win away to Galwegians.

Tries from James Ryan, Brian Walsh and Finbar Aherne, together with three conversions and two penalties from Rick McKenna, helped the Red, Red Robins move four points clear of second-placed Buccaneers.

There was further disappointment for bottom side Shannon in the same division as the Parish side feel to a 14-10 defeat at home to Naas. 

Winless Shannon, who led 7-0 at the interval, had a try from Lee Nicholas, while Ronan McKenna kicked a penalty goal and conversion.

In Division 2B, improving Old Crescent have moved up to fourth place on the back of an excellent 30-27 away win over Skerries.

The Rosbrien side, which led 17-8 at half-time, scored tries through Larry Hanly, Cathal O’Reilly and Brian Tuohy, while Shane O’Brien added seven points with the boot and Barry Neville contributed two penalty goals and a conversion.

Also in Division 2B, second-from-bottom Thomond picked up a losing bonus point in a 30-36 defeat to Dungannon at Liam Fitzgerald Park.

Thomond, who trailed their visitors 9-19 at half-time, scored three tries through Aleksandr Slijepevic, Dermot Fitzgerald and a penalty try. Fitzgerald also kicked three penalties and two conversions, while Alan Wallace also added a conversion.

Meanwhile, in Division 2C, Bruff are off the bottom after recording their first success of the campaign, a dramatic 26-25 home win over Sligo.

The South Limerick side, who trailed by 11 points at one stage in the second half, scored four tries in all through, including five-pointers from John Hogan, Brian Morrissey and crucially Tony Cahill late on.