Four precious Limerick wins in the Ulster Bank League

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Four precious Limerick wins in the Ulster Bank League

Three Limerick clubs. Shannon, Old Crescent and Thomond, sit on top of their respective divisions in the Ulster Bank League

FOUR Limerick clubs recorded wins as the Ulster Bank League resumed after a three-week break this Saturday.

Just six Limerick sides were involved in AIL action as Garryowen’s scheduled Division 1A fixture with Dublin University at Dooradoyle was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Also in the top flight, Young Munster moved up to fifth place in the table, four points off the play-off places, after scoring an exciting 25-16 victory over Clontarf at Castle Avenue.

Munsters’ avenged their semi-final defeat to ‘Tarf from last season, scoring three tries, through Gavin Coombes, Dan Goggin and Alan Kennedy, while Alan Tynan kicked two conversions and two penalties. 

Munsters’, who are ahead of local rivals Garryowen by virtue of their superior points difference, led 18-6 at half-time. However, the Dubliners hit back to trail by 16-18 during the second period before a late converted try helped the Greenfields to victory.

It was a mixed day for the two Limerick sides in Division 1B. 

Shannon’s lead over Ballynahinch at the top has been cut to a single point after the Parish side suffered a 10-5 defeat away to Ballymena.

Visitors Shannon led 5-0 at half-time after a try from Jade Kriel. However, a run of 10 unanswered points from Ballymena in the second half meant Shannon had to be satisfied with taking just a losing bonus point from their long trip to Eaton Park.

Also in Division 1B, UL-Bohemian boosted their survival hopes after securing a precious 7-3 victory over Dolphin in their relegation clash played in filthy wet conditions at UL 4G rugby pitch.

Ninth-placed UL-Bohs now enjoy a five-point lead over basement side Dolphin as a result of their fourth win of the campaign.

UL-Bohs, who sit in the relegation play-off place, are three points behind Ballymena who are in eighth.

UL-Bohs led 7-0 at half-time with a Mike Lynch try, converted by Robbie Bourke.

Dolphin took a losing bonus point from the game when Barry Keeshan landed a second half penalty goal.

In Division 2B, leaders Old Crescent made it 12 wins from 12 with a convincing 33-15 bonus point win over struggling Belfast Harlequins at Rosbrien.

Crescent’s lead over second-placed Rainey Old Boys is now seven points after the Ulster side suffered defeat away to Skerries. 

Leaders Old Crescent led 19-3 at half-time, scoring three tries through Brian Tuohy, Ronan McKenna and Kevin Doyle.

The home side added two further tries in the second period through Sean Monaghan and Seaghan Gleeson to ensure a maximum five-point haul from the game.

A Limerick side also leads the way in Division 2C, as Thomond assumed top spot courtesy of a gritty 10-6 victory away to Omagh at Thomas Mellon Playing Fields.

Leaders Thomond sit one point ahead of second-placed Sligo, while the Fizgerald Park side enjoy a two-point advantage over third-placed Malahide with six series of games to go.

Evan Cusack contributed all 10 of Thomond’s points through a try, penalty and conversion. The Limerick side led 7-3 at half-time.

Also in Division 2C, Bruff have slipped to fifth-place in the table on the back of a 6-13 home defeat to third-placed Malahide.

The losing bonus collected collected by Bruff ensures the Kilballyowen Park side are level on points with fourth-placed Bangor who occupy the final promotion play-off place.

Bruff trailed 6-10 at half-time, with their points coming courtesy of two penalty goals.