YOUNG Munster and UL-Bohemian recorded the only Limerick wins on a disappointing Saturday overall for local sides in the Ulster Bank League.
Munsters’ moved up to second place in Division 1A on the back of an impressive 37-31 bonus point victory over UCD in a free-scoring affair at Greenfields.
Alan Ross, Alan Tynan, Jack Harrington, Alan Kennedy grabbed tries for the Limerick side who trailed 9-12 at half-time, while full-back David O’Mahony kicked 14 points with the boot and out-half Alan Tynan added a drop goal.
There was disappointment for Garryowen at Dooradoyle however, as the ‘light blues’ slipped to second from bottom in the top flight table after going down 14-27 against table toppers Dublin University.
Conan Doyle’s Garryowen side trailed 14-17 at half-time. Garryowen’s points came courtesy of tries from Niall Horan and Peadar Collins, both converted by Neil Cronin.l
Meanwhile, UL-Bohemian continued their excellent start to the AIL Division 1B season, recording their fifth successive victory in a 25-15 bonus point win over Ballymena on the 4G rugby pitch at UL.
Leaders UL-Bohs are now five points ahead of second-placed Buccaneers. The Red, Red Robins tries came courtesy of Andy Rowsome, Brian Walsh, Jamie McNamara and Joe Murray, while Rick McKenna added five points from the kicking tee.
However, there was disappointment for bottom-placed Shannon in the same Division, as Marcus Horan’s side fell to a frustrating 17-9 defeat away to UCC.
Shannon prop up the 1B table on three points, one behind second-from-bottom Dolphin and five adrift of Galwegians.
Shannon, who trailed 6-9 at half-time, had three penalty goals from Conor Fitzgerald.
In Division 2B, Old Crescent fell to sixth place in the table after going down 22-14 at home to Bective Rangers.
Crescent led 14-5 at half-time, but failed to score a single points in the second period. The Rosbrien side’s points came courtesy of a Kevin Meade try, a penalty try and two Shane O’Brien conversions.
Thomond remain rooted to the foot of the 2B table after suffering a 41-0 thumping against MU Barnhall at Parsonstown.
Thomond trailed 31-0 at half-time. The Fitzgerald Park side have taken three points from their opening five AIL 2B fixtures, and are bottom of the table by virtue of their inferior scoring difference to that of City of Derry.
There was also disappointment for Bruff in Division 2C who slipped to last place in the table on the back of a 32-22 defeat away to Navan RFC.
Bruff did secure a try bonus point with Mark Cosgrove, Liam Treacy, Sean D’Arcy and Sean Hartigan dotting down.
Bruff trail second-from-bottom placed Kanturk by two points after five series of games.