Playoffs finalised as UBL regular season ends

Mixed fortune for Limerick clubs in Ulster Bank League final round fixtures.

Castle Avenue, Clontarf is where Young Muster will be pitching up next Saturday as a the cookies narrowly missed out on a home semi final despite a fine 33-12 bonus point win over Old Belvedere today.

The black and amber miss out on points difference as Lansdowne and Clontarf, also recorded bonus point wins.

Munsters ran in five tries against already relegated Belvedere with Dan Goggin (2), Paul Allen (2) and out half Alan Tynan. The number ten also added four conversions.

Lansdowne will host Cork Con in the other semi-final with both scheduled to take place next weekend.

However, with Munster and Leinster both involved in Champions Cup semi-finals next weekend, and Munster A facing a British and Irish Cup final on Friday night, it is uncertain exactly when the play-offs will take place.

The final is scheduled for May 7.

Garryowen’s season is not over yet as they prepare themselves for the 1a relegation play off after a poor 40-17 defeat to table toppers Lansdowne at the Aviva back pitch.

The Dooradoyle based side finish ninth in the table, one point behind Terenure College who have secured 1A rugby for next year.

Garryowen, who will host Old Wesley in the relegation play-off semi-final and will face the winners of Naas and Bohs in the final.

The light blues tries came courtesy of Bailey Faloon and Steven McMahon, while Neil Cronin added two penalties and two conversions.

UL-Bohs finished third in 1B, missing out on a home play-off to Naas, after a disappointing 10-16 defeat to relegation threatened Dolphin on the 4G rugby pitch at UL.

The UL based side trailed 3-13 at the break and although a James Lennon try and conversion in the second half to just 6 points, the Robins couldn’t fashion a try to leapfrog Naas.

Bohs were slow out of the blocks and were 13-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes. Dolphin were the hungrier side and imposed their game plan clinically.

They must now turn their attention to a semi final trip away to a tricky Naas side that beat them twice in the regular season – albeit it by just three points on both occasions.

Shannon guaranteed their 1B status for next season with a losing bonus point in their 10-13 defeat away to Ballymena enough to secure an 8th place finish.

The losing bonus point meant Shannon finished two points above the relegation play-off position which was occupied by Dolphin.

Shannon’s points came courtesy of a penalty try, while Ronan McKenna added five points with the boot.

In Division 2B, Old Crescent – who had already secured a promotion play-off going into today’s game – shipped a hefty 45-10 defeat away to league winners Greystones.

Crescent had a try from Shane Monaghan, while Shane O’Brien converted and also added a penalty.

All in all, Old Crescent would probably prefer a trip south to Sunday’s Well rather than making the arduous trek up north to Armagh.

Thomond, who had already been relegated from 2B prior to kick-off, scored a gritty 23-17 victory over Wanderers at Liam Fitzgerald Park in their final AIL game of the season.

Their attention will almost certainly turn to next season and hopefully being competitive in their division.

In Division 2C, Bruff finished fifth on the back of a 25-25 draw with Boyne at Kilballyowen Park.

Bruff fought back from 0-11 down, with  tries from John Clery, Jack O’Grady, Sean Darcy and Willie Casey, while Tony Cahill added five points with the boot.

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