Wins for Old Crescent and Bruff in AIL as Shannon draw

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Wins for Old Crescent and Bruff in AIL as Shannon draw

OLD Crescent and Bruff recorded precious wins, while Shannon earned a spirited draw in a bumper Saturday of All-Ireland League action.

UL-Bohemian remain second in Division 1B, despite suffering a 13-10 defeat away to Naas. UL-Bohs, who led 10-5 at half-time through a Finbar Aherne try and a conversion and penalty goal from Rick McKenna, failed to score in the second half, while the home side managed eight unanswered points.

UL-Bohs now sit four points off leaders Buccaneers.

Also in Division 1B, Shannon produced a gritty second half display to earn an exciting 24-24 draw at home to Old Wesley.

Basement side Shannon picked up three points from the game, including a try bonus point. Ronan McKenna, Ty Chan, Lee Nicholas and Shane Mullally all scored tries for the Parish side, while trailed 5-14 at half-time.

Marcus Horan’s side remain at the foot of the 1B table on 11 points, one behind Galwegians and two adrift of eighth-placed Dolphin.

Meanwhile, Old Crescent earned the bragging rights at Rosbrien when recording a 29-20 bonus point victory over Thomond in Division 2B.

Fifth-placed Old Crescent, who led 14-10 at half-time had tries from Val mcDermott (2), John O’Dwyer and Cathal Monaghan. Barry Neville also kicked 9 points. 

Thomond, who had led 17-14 after 50 minutes, scored tries through Diarmuid Ryan and Pat McNamara, while Dermot Fitzgerald added the remaining points with the boot.

The result leaves Old Crescent fifth in the 2B table, while Thomond are in ninth place, three points behind eighth-placed Skerries.

Meanwhile, in Division 2C, seventh-placed Bruff recorded an impressive 13-6 win against Bangor at Upritchard Park.

Crucially, Brian Cahill scored the only try of the game, while Davy O’Grady kicked two penalty goals and a conversion.

Bruff are now seven points ahead of 10th-placed Kanturk.