Limerick clubs kick-off final third of Ulster Bank League season

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Limerick clubs kick-off final third of Ulster Bank League season

UL-Bohemian's Mark Bromell, in action against Cian McGovern and Ian O' Donoghue, Dolphin, in their Ulster Bank League 1B clash at UL

THE final third of the regular season in the Ulster Bank League kicks-off this Saturday as Limerick's seven senior clubs chase precious league points.

Three Limerick sides are top of their respective divisions in the Ulster Bank League, Shannon in 1B, Old Crescent in 2B and Thomond in 2C ahead of the final six rounds of games.

In Division 1A, fifth-placed Young Munster are on the road to Dublin for a second successive weekend, this time facing St Mary’s College at Templeville Road.

Young Munster moved within four points of the play-off places, after scoring an exciting 25-16 victory over Clontarf at Castle Avenue last weekend.

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 10 points.

Sixth-placed Garryowen return to action at Dooradoyle this Saturday after their scheduled home fixture with Dublin University was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Runaway leaders Lansdowne provide the opposition for Conan Doyle’s recently crowned Munster Senior Cup champions this weekend.

Meanwhile, in Division 1B, leaders Shannon will look to get back to winning ways following their weekend defeat to Ballymena, when making another trip to Ulster on Saturday, this time to face Banbridge at Rifle Park.

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

Also in 1B, rejuvenated UL-Bohemian will look to make it three wins on the bounce in the league when hosting Old Belvedere on the 4G rugby pitch at UL’s North Campus.

UL-Bohs boosted their survival hopes after securing a precious 7-3 victory over Dolphin in their relegation clash played at UL on Saturday.

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

The Red, Red Robins, who sit in the relegation play-off place, are three points behind Ballymena who are in eighth.

In Division 2B, leaders Old Crescent make the trip to Holmpatrick to take on Skerries.

Crescent made it 12 wins from 12 with a convincing 33-15 bonus point win over struggling Belfast Harlequins at Rosbrien last weekend.

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

Division 2C table toppers Thomond are on the road to Dublin to face Malahide at Estuary Road.

Thomond assumed top spot courtesy of a gritty 10-6 victory away to Omagh at Thomas Mellon Playing Fields on Saturday.

Leaders Thomond sit one point ahead of second-placed Sligo, while the Fitzgerald Park side enjoy a two-point advantage over Saturday’s opponents, third-placed Malahide.

Promotion play-off-chasing Bruff host Bangor at Kilballyowen Park on Saturday in a crucial Division 2C fixture.

Bruff sit fifth in the table following a 6-13 home defeat to third-placed Malahide. The South Limerick side is level on points with Bangor who occupy the final promotion play-off place.