FIVE Limerick clubs recorded precious wins on an eventful day of Ulster Bank League fixtures.
Young Munster remain top of Division 1A after recording a thrilling 31-23 bonus point victory over Terenure College at Lakelands. Also in the top flight, Garryowen moved up to sixth place in the table on the back of an exciting 43-38 bonus point win over St Mary’s College at Dooradoyle.
Meanwhile, in Division 1B, second-placed UL-Bohemian secured the bragging rights over bottom-placed Shannon, thanks to a hard-earned 14-13 victory on the 4G pitch at UL.
In Division 2B, Old Crescent recorded their third win of the campaign in thumping bottom side City of Derry 59-0 at Rosbrien.
In the same division, ninth-placed Thomond shipped a heavy 71-10 defeat away to high-flying pacesetters Armagh.
Meanwhile, in Division 2C, Bruff picked up their second win of the campaign when seeing off bottom-placed Kanturk on a 36-8 scoreline in Cork.
Free-scoring Young Munster moved two points clear of second-placed Lansdowne in racking up four tries in their win over Terenure. Munsters’ five-pointers came courtesy of David Gleeson, Jack Harrington, Ger Slattery and Rob Guerin. David O’Mahony kicked the remaining points for a Munsters’ side which trailed 7-13 at half-time.
Garryowen recorded their first try bonus point of the campaign when dotting down seven times at home to St Mary’s. The ‘Light Blues’ who led 22-7 at half-time had tries from Niall Horan, David Johnston, Alwyn van Vuryen, Liam Coombes, Hugh O’Brien-Cunningham and Elliot Fitzgerald, while the home side was also awarded a penalty try. Neil Cronin kicked two penalties and a conversion.
In 1B, UL-Bohs boosted their promotion hopes when recording their sixth win from their opening seven fixtures in a hard fought derby clash with Shannon.
UL-Bohs are within a point of table toppers Buccaneers, who inflicted the only defeat to date on the Red, Red Robins. UL-Bohs who trailed 7-8 at half-time were awarded a penalty try in the opening half while Finbar Aherne’s fourth try of the campaign in the second half proved crucial.
Shannon are rooted to the foot of the 1B table, after having to make do with a losing bonus point. Marcus Horan’s side had tries from Riley Winter and late on from Shane Mullally. Conor Fitzgerald was just off target with the difficult conversion attempt from right on the touchline.
Shannon are now one point behind ninth-placed Dolphin.
Old Crescen’t third win of the AIL season was an emphatic one. The home side scored eight tries in all, with Brendan Guilfoyle, Brian Tuohy and Larry Hanly notching a brace each, while Gareth Quinn-McDonogh and Val McDermott also touched down.
Barry Neville added a penalty and four conversions, while Shane O’Brien kicked two conversions in the 59 point win. Crescent led 31-0 at half-time.
Thomond came away from their long trip to Armagh empty-handed after shipping a 61 point defeat against opponents who have won all seven of their AIL fixtures this season.
Thomond trailed 31-3 at ahlf-time. The ninth-placed Fitzgerald Park side sit four points ahead of bottom-placed City of Derry in the 2B table.
Bruff jumped ahead of both Kanturk and Boyne in the 2C table after scoring a precious 36-8 bonus point win over Kanturk.
Bruff, who led 14-8 at half-time, scored six tries, including Mike Cooke, who bagged a brace, Tony Cahill and John Cleary, while the South Limerick side was also awarded a penalty try.