Dent in qualification hopes of Young Munster

The Energia All-Ireland League trophy. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

YOUNG Munster’s prospects of reaching the semi-finals of the All-Ireland League (1A) suffered a serious setback with a 31-12 loss to leaders Clontarf at Castle Avenue, Dublin.

Munsters’ are now in sixth spot with just three fixtures remaining.

Chris Moore and James Horrigan scored tries for Young Munster and Cian Casey added a conversion.

Elsewhere, Shannon are still in the relegation zone on points difference after they battled back for a 20-14 home win against Ballynahinch. Cian O’Halloran and Jordan Prenderville scored tries for Shannon and they were also awarded a penalty try. Mike Cooke added a penalty.

Garryowen lost ground at the top of Division 1B after they suffered a 21-10 defeat at Donnybrook away to Old Wesley. Bryan Fitzgerald scored Garryowen’s try and Dylan Hicks kicked a conversion and a penalty as the visitors raced into an early 10-0 lead.

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In 2A, Old Crescent lost (24-3) at Nenagh Ormond and UL Bohemian were defeated at Greystones.

Bruff produed the ‘Limerick’ performance on Saturday with a 2A comeback 32-30 victory over Galwegians at Kilballyowen Park. In the earlier part of the outing, Bruff trailed by a whopping 25 points. Dramatic tries came through the likes of Cillian Rea, Andrew O’Bryne and the prolific Mark Fitzpatrick.

Paul Collins kicked a late, late penalty to secure the point.

In the Women’s All-Ireland League, UL Bohemian continued their good run with a 28-7 away win at Cooke. Chloe Pearse scored two tries for the Limerick side and Lily Brady and Ciara O’Dwyer got one each. Aisling Stock knocked over four conversions.