Listen – UL Vikings power through to semi-finals

UL Vikings power through to the semi-finals.

The UL Vikings saw off Munster rivals the Cork Admirals on Sunday afternoon, the Limerick side securing a comprehensive 36-12 win at Garryowen RFC, Dooradoyle.

After a quiet first quarter, the Vikings took control in the second, to go into the half leading 24-6.

The Admirals scored first in the second half to close the gap to 12 points but UL were to have the final say as they distanced themselves from their neighbours and claimed that all important semi-final spot.

The Vikings will now travel north to face the Carrickfergus Knights in the semi-final. The Antrim side qualified directly into the semis after topping the SBC North with a 5-3 record.

Both sides have claimed three Shamrock Bowl titles while the Knights have appeared in nine SB finals with UL reaching the decider on eight occasions.

Wide receiver Liam Ryan is expecting a tough physical battle against next weekend’s opponents.

“Carrick are a big strong physical team. They’ve got a big offensive line and their running game is really strong as well. They have a big strong QB as well”

The last time the Vikings reached the final was in 2012 where they suffered an agonising two-point defeat at the hands of the Belfast Trojans.

Listen to Liam Ryan below as he speaks about the win over the Admirals and the upcoming semi-final.




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Luke Liddy