Dramatic day of Ulster Bank League action with crucial victories for five Limerick clubs.
3-0 rugby score lines are usually reserved for the depths of Winter, confined to the mud and rain but never was a 3-0 score line as welcome in Tom Clifford Park as it was today.
Alan Tynan’s 38th minute penalty was the only score of the game as both teams couldn’t muster a try between them.
The cookies victory keeps them in the running for a home semi final and with only one point separating the top four teams, we are in for an even more dramatic final round of fixtures as the regular season comes to a close.
Munster’s face already relegated Old Belvedere in their last game and will be aiming for a bonus point win to give them the best possible shot at a home semi final.
Meanwhile in Dooradoyle, Garryowen led Old Belvedere 14-0 early on then ended up trailing 19-14 with time running out.
However, late tries from Liam Coombes and Alex Wootton helped Conan Doyle’s side record a vital 26-14 win.
First half tries from Steve McMahon and Neil Cronin has the light blues leading 14-11 at break before allowing Belvedere back in to the game in the second half.
Lansdowne away is Garryowen’s final fixture and with both sides in need of a result for vastly differing reasons, it promises to be a cracker.
Garryowen are one of three teams locked on 35 points going into the final round with the ‘light blues’ ahead of Dublin University on points difference.
With Old Belvedere relegated, Garryowen will be hoping to avoid the relegation play-off position next weekend.
Bohs remain second and in the home semi final place in the promotion play-off. A hard fought 13-8 win against an obdurate Ballynahinch side was a huge step in the right direction.
The Robins led 7-5 at half-time courtesy of Harry Fleming try that was convened by James Lennon.
Bohs – who currently sit two points ahead of third placed Naas – entertain bottom side Dolphin at the 4G in UL next Saturday in the knowledge that a bonus point win will secure a home semi final.
A losing bonus point was all Shannon could muster as they went down 13-19 to champions Buccaneers at Thomond Park.
Shannon trailed by 11 at the break with a Ronan McKenna penalty their sole return for the opening forty minutes.
A 56th minute penalty try cut the deficit to four points but Buccs responded with a try to push 19-10 ahead before McKenna rescued a losing bonus point with another penalty.
Old Crescent cemented their promotion play-off spot following a 51-33 victory over Barnhall in a try fest at Rosbrien.
Eight tries through Val McDermott (3), Gareth Quinn-McDonogh (2), Paul McDonagh, Seaghan Gleeson and one off a maul.
Already relegated Thomond suffered a heavy 48-12 defeat away to Bective Rangers as their miserable season draws to a close.
Bruff, whose playoff hopes dissipated last weekend had a bonus point win over Cork side Midleton 22-17 at Kilballyowen Park.
The county side showed no effects of last week’s disappointment with tries from Eric Finn, Liam Barrett, John Clery and finally off a well-executed maul to score a deserved home win.