Mixed weekend for local side in crucial rugby ties

Two men’s AIL sides suffered semi-final heartbreak on Saturday while the UL Bohs Ladies are AIL champions and Richmond reached the Munster Junior Cup decider.

UL Bohemian endured a 23-18 defeat to Nenagh Ormond in UL on Saturday in their 1B/2A promotion relegation semi-final. Following a tough season the red robins have been relegated to division 2A.

While Thomond lost out to Omagh 34-13 and will remain in division 2C next season. The soda cakes were close to automatic promotion coming into the last game of the regular season but failed to record victory in what was a must win game against Sligo.

James Hickey’s side only trailed by two points at the interval but lost their grip on the game in the second half as Omagh put in a strong closing 40 minutes.

There was better news for UL Bohemians women’s side they’re AIL Champions for the second straight year.

Sean Fitzpatrick’s side saw off Old Belvedere 15-0 in Portlaois to retain their title.

Richmond added to the Limerick success on Sunday as they reached their first final in 28-years with a 28-6 win over Kilfeacle.

Tadgh Bennett’s side will face Cork Con in next weeks decider.

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