Just two Limerick wins on frustrating day in All-Ireland League

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Just two Limerick wins on frustrating day in All-Ireland League

Ul-Bohemian and Bruff were the only Limerick sides to record wins in the All-Ireland League on Saturday

JUST two Limerick sides, UL-Bohemian and Bruff, recorded wins on a disappointing day overall for local sides in the All-Ireland League.

In Division 1A, fourth-placed Shannon lost out to Clontarf 22-17 on the back pitch at Thomond Park, but did have the consolation of picking up a losing bonus points.

Also in Division 1A, sixth-placed Young Munster fell to a 37-26 defeat to a free-scoring Dublin University side at College Park.

Also in the top flight, Garryowen also came away from the latest fixture empty-handed after falling to a disappointing 31-19 home defeat to UCD at Dooradoyle.

Meanwhile, in Division 2A, UL-Bohemian got back to winning ways when scoring an impressive 33-7 bonus point victory over Blackrock College at Stradbrook.

Also in 2A, Old Crescent suffered a narrow 17-20 loss to high-flying Navan at Rosbrien.

Meanwhile, in Division 2C, Bruff also secured a maximum five-point haul in an exciting 26-18 win over Ballina at Kilballyowen Park.

Also in 2C, Thomond picked up two bonus points, a try and losing bonus point, in a 22-24 defeat away to Malahide.

Promoted Shannon had threatened to make it three wins on the bounce since their return to the top flight after leading Clontarf 17-15 with four minutes remaining thanks to a Jake Flannery penalty.

However, a late Clontarf try from the flying Mick McGrath saw the Dubliners close out a hard-earned win. 

Shannon, who trailed 9-15 at half-time, had four penalty goals from the boot of Flannery, who also added an opportunist try in the 46th minute.

This was 'Tarf's first trip to play Shannon in almost six years, the most recent meeting at Coonagh in January 2013 saw winger McGrath touch down twice in a 20-14 win.

Meanwhile, Young Munster suffered a disappointing 37-26 defeat to Dublin University at College Park.

Munsters’ lead the game 9-3 in the opening half with three penalty goals from the boot of Clayton Stewart. 

However, 17 unanswered points from the students saw them into a 17-9 interval lead.

Darragh O’Neill’s try had the Greenfields side within six points, 20-14, in the third quarter, before the home side notched two more tries to lead 33-14. A second O’Neill try and another one from Mark O’Mara brought Gearoid Prendergast’s side to within 11 points at full-time.

Garryowen trailed UCD 7-19 at half-time in Dooradoyle. The Dublin students maintained their 12-point lead through the second half as both sides added 12 points to their respective tallies. Garryowen now sit in eighth place in the table after four rounds of games.

A lineout maul produced a well-executed try for Garryowen hooker Liam Cronin. His replacement Diarmuid Barron drove over in the second half and his Munster Academy colleague Liam Coombes also got on the scoresheet for the Light Blues in their narrow defeat.

Meanwhile, UL-Bohemian scored five tries against Blackrock at Stradbrook in their impressive 26-point win in Division 2A. The Annacotty side scored five tries, with Adrian Enright grabbing a brace, while Harry Fleming, James Ryan and Darragh O’Grady also touched down. 

Also in 2A, Old Crescent trailed Navan 12-17 at half-time after the Co Meath side built a significant 17-0 lead early on. Crescent’s first half tries came courtesy of a penalty try and one from Nahuatl Dovalo.

In the second half, Crescent added a third try from Brian Tuohy to draw level. However, a 65th minute penalty won the day for Navan.

In Division 2C, early tries from Liam Treacy and Tom O'Dwyer helped fourth-placed Bruff build a useful 12-0 lead against Ballina at Kilballyowen Park.

Bruff led 12-8 at half-time and two more tries after the re-start help secure a maximum five-point haul with Jack O'Grady bagging the bonus point try in their 26-18 win.

Thomond, who lost by just two points, 22-24, to Malahide, had a hat-trick of tries from their excellent out-half Evan Cusack, while Korey Browne also touched down as the Limerick side took two points from the game.