Three vital Limerick wins in the All-Ireland League

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Three vital Limerick wins in the All-Ireland League

Winger Shane Mullins makes a break for UL-Bohs' in their All-Ireland League Division 2A clash with QUB at Annacotty on Saturday

THREE of Limerick’s four sides operating in Division 2 of the All-Ireland League scored crucial wins on a dramatic day of action.

In Division 2A, fifth-placed UL-Bohemian got back to winning ways when scoring a deserved 36-24 bonus point success over QUB at Annacotty.

In the same division, Old Crescent ended their four-game losing run when edging past struggling Galwegians 13-12 at Crowley Park.

Meanwhile, in Division 2C, in-form Bruff made in five wins on the bounce when seeing off Bangor 15-10 at Upritchard Park.

In the same Division, ninth-placed Thomond are just one point ahead of basement side Tullamore after suffering a 38-15 defeat to leaders Midleton at Fitzgerald Park.

UL-Bohemian had a try bonus point in the bag at half-time when leading QUB 29-10 at Annacotty.

Hooker Joe Bennett helped himself to a brace of tries in the opening 40 minutes off well-executed mauls, while full-back Joe Murray and winger Thomas Ógie Scannell also dotted down in that opening period.

Out-half Robbie Bourke kicked a penalty and added three conversions.

QUB rallied in the third quarter scoring two converted tries to trail by just five points, 24-29 inside the final 10 minutes.

However, a late try from centre Harry Fleming, converted by Bourke, sealed the maximum five-point haul for the Red, Red Robins.

Also in 2A, Old Crescent will be relieved to have edged their relegation clash with Galwegians by a single point.

Crescent trailed 3-5 at half-time, with the Rosbrien side’s points in the opening 40 minutes coming from a Ronan McKenna penalty just before the break.

The Limerick side added a crucial try from Gary Fitzgerald in the second half, while McKenna kicked a conversion and penalty.

‘Wegians scored a late try to trail by just a single point with five minutes remaining. However, the Rosbrien side held on to seal a vital win.

Bruff continued their excellent run of form in 2C with a fifth successive win, this time away to Bangor.

Bruff, three points off leaders Midleton, led their hosts 12-0 at half-time, thanks to tries from Cian Clifford and Liam Treacy, with Kevin McManus adding a conversion.

A further McManus penalty in the second half ensured Bruff secured the four precious league points on offer.

Ninth-placed Thomond now have just one win from their six league games in 2C after succumbing to a powerful Midleton side at Fitzgerald Park.

Thomond, who trailed 3-17 at half-time, scored two tries through Eoin Carr and Richie Ryan, while Evan Cusack added a conversion and penalty.