Just two wins for Limerick clubs in the All-Ireland League

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent



Just two wins for Limerick clubs in the All-Ireland League

It was another action-packed Saturday of All-Ireland League action

THERE were just two Limerick wins on a mixed Saturday for local sides in the All-Ireland League.

Seventh-placed Shannon fell to their third successive defeat in Division 1A when succumbing 27-24 to Dublin University on the back pitch at Thomond Park.

Shannon trailed the students 12-17 at half-time. Tom Hayes' side managed two first half tries through Tony Cusack on 16 minutes and Eathon Moloney. After building an early 7-0 lead with Fionn McGibney converting the first of Cusack's two tries, the Dublin side had hit back with 17 unanswered points to take a grip on the game.

Shannon closed to within a point of the students when Pa Ryan touched down in the 44th minute. However, after Trinity responded again with another try to lead 27-19, Cusack salaved a losing and try bonus point for the Shannon side with his 76th minute touchdown.

Results elsewhere in the Division saw Young Munster fall back into the relegation play-off position in 1A, despite their derby win over Garryowen at Clifford Park on Friday night.

Garryowen find themselves out of the top four play-off places, now lying fifth in the table, as a result of Dublin University's superior points difference.

In Division 2A, fifth-placed Old Crescent overtook local rivals UL-Bohemian in the table after easing to a 35-22 bonus point victory over basement side Galwegians at Rosbrien.

Crescent, who led 14-7 at half-time, scored five converted tries in all, with Val McDermott helping himself to a brace, while Larry Hanly, David Garry, on his senior debut, and Kevin Doyle also dotted down. Ronan McKenna duly converted all five tries.

The second half was held up for a considerable length of time due to an unfortunate injury to a Galwegians player.

Crescent now edge UL-Bohs for fifth spot on points difference after securing their five point haul.

Meanwhile, UL-Bohs had a day to forget after succumbing 35-3 to Queen's University Belfast at Dub Lane.

The Reed, Red Robins got off to an encouraging start when Mike Mullally kicked the visitors in front with a ninth minute penalty goal.

However, the complexion of the game had changed utterly by half time as Queen's stunned the Annacotty side with four converted tries before half-time to lead 28-3 at the break.

The home side managed to add a fifth try in the second half, as UL-Bohs shipped 35 unanswered points to drop to sixth place in the 2A table.

Meanwhile, in Division 2C, Bruff cemented their promotion play-off hoes after recording an impressive 25-11 victory over Bangor at Kilballyowen Park.

An early Cian Clifford try helped Bruff on their way to a 15-10 interval lead. Neilus Keigh grabbed Bruff's third try in the second half to finally end the hopes of the Ulster side. 

Bruff's ninth win of the campaign has them sitting in third place in the table, now six points clear of fifth-placed Malahide with five series of games to come.

Also in Division 2C, Thomond remain in the relegation zone after suffering a last gasp 22-17 defeat to Midleton at Towns Park.

Thomond looked to be closing in on a precious away win when leading 17-15 late on, only for the East Cork side to wrench victory from their grasp with a late converted try.

Thomond, who trailed 10-12 at half-time, had a first half try from Dermot Fitzgerald, while Evan Cusack added a conversion and penalty goal.

The Limerick side regained the lead shortly after the restart when a super break by Adam Malone created the opening for Eoin Carr to score under the posts. Cusack converted for a 17-12 advantage. 

A Midleton penalty brought the home side to within two points and the second-placed side won the day with that last gasp try.