Old Crescent were the only team from the six Limerick sides in the All Ireland League (AIL) to register a win today.
Garryowen, Young Munster, Shannon, UL Bohs and Bruff all tasted defeat in what was a poor day at the office.
Young Munster came extremely close to becoming the first team to beat Cork Con this season, but fell to a 16-15 defeat.
Rob Jermyn had Con in front early on, however, an intercept try by Evan Cusack levelled things up. Cusack converted and then added a penalty to give Munsters a 10-5 lead at half time.
Con took control in the second half with Niall Kenneally’s try and penalties from Jack Crowley and Gerry Hurley seeing them 16-10 up going into the closing stages.
Luke Fitzgerald brought Munsters to within a point, but Cusack was off target from the conversion and a touchline penalty with the last kick of the game.
Con remain top of Division 1A going into the Christmas break. The sides meet again this coming Friday in the Munster Senior Cup Final at Musgrave Park.
Following the defeat, Young Munster head coach spoke to Sporting Limerick about the game and their season to date.
Elsewhere in Division 1A, Garryowen were surprisingly beaten by UCD at Belfield.
The Light Blues led 19-3 at one stage, but fell to a 25-24 defeat. Tries from Pat O’Toole, Bryan Fitzgerald, Colm Quilligan and Tim Ferguson saw Garryowen earn a try bonus point as well as the losing bonus point.
Garryowen go into the Christmas break in second place, nine points behind Con, while Munsters’ loss to the league leaders see them drop from fourth to seventh.
In Division 1B, Shannon have slipped to seventh place in the table following a 19-10 defeat to leaders Highfield.
Shannon were 14-0 down at the break, but a Jamie McGarry try gave hopes of a comeback. John Bateman added a conversion and a penalty, however, Highfield crossed again to make sure of victory.
In Division 2A Old Crescent were 11-8 victors in their game game with Buccaneers in Rosbrien with Maccon Casserly kicking three penalties to go with Val McDermott’s try.
The win sees Crescent stay in fourth place in the table and they remain in the hunt for promotion heading into the new year.
UL Bohs are in eighth after they fell to a 17-12 loss to Cashel. Darragh O’Grady and Jamie Shanahan got the tries for Bohs.
In Division 2C, Bruff stay in sixth place thanks to a 13-6 loss to Tullamore. They will be hoping for a return to form when the AIL returns on January 11th.