Garryowen won the latest all-Limerick Ulster Bank League clash at Clifford Park but they were hard pressed to hold out in a hectic finish.
Garryowen made the perfect start with penalties by Jamie Gavin after two and eight minutes and it was all of 36 minutes before Brian Haugh opened the Young Munster account with a penalty but just on half time Aaron McCloskey had a Garryowen try which Gavin converted to make it 11-3 at the interval.
Two minutes into the second half Haugh kicked a second Young Munster penalty but three minutes later Garryowen were awarded a penalty try when the home side collapsed a scrum. Gavin popped over the conversion and then added a penalty to make it 21-6.
On the hour Young Munster had a try, credited to Luke Russell as the pack drove over from a maul and Haugh landed a penalty to earn a losing bonus point.
Scorers Young Munster: Luke Russell try, Brian Haugh 3 pens. Garryowen: Aaron McCloskey try, Pen Try, Jamie Gavin 3 pens 1 con.
Young Munster: Craig O'Hanlon; Steve McCauley, Mark Doyle, Luka Kuntz, Darragh O'Neill; Garreth Quinn-McDonogh, Brian Haugh; Ger Flaherty, Ger Slattery, Darragh Cantillon; Sean Duggan, Darren Gallagher; Mark Rowley, Luke Russell, Neville Melbourne. Replacements: Colin Liston, Ger Bourke, Hugh McGrath, Declan Bannon, Mike Prendergast.
Garryowen: Ronan O'Mahoney; Cian O'Shea, James McInerney, Conan Doyle, Luke Burke; Jamie Gavin, Neil Cronin; Rory Brosnan, James Rael, JP Cooney; Alan Kennedy, Aaron McCloskey; Mark Hanrahan, Anthony Kavanagh, David Sherry. Replacements: Dave Rowley, Peter O'Shea, Conor Hartigan, M Jarvis, Geoff Ryan.
Shannon 3 St Mary's College 10
Coonagh was a place for the brave and the fainthearted as Shannon picked up their second losing bonus point of the campaign in atrocious conditions of strong wind and constant heavy rain.
Rob Hudson had St Mary's in front with a try when he rounded off a good movement.
The visitors doubled their score when Kevin Cooke won the race for the touchdown after a long kick from halfway.
Shannon had to be content with a penalty by Rob Guerin but again they showed plenty of spirit.
Scorers Shannon: Rob Guerin pen,
St. Mary's College: Rob Hudson, Kevin Croke tries.
Shannon: James Loxton; Mark Leonard, Eric Moloney, Willie O'Connor, Cormac O'Donnell; Richie Mullane, Rob Guerin; Niall Horan, Duncan Casey, Kevin Griffin; Fergal Walshe, Sean McCarthy; John Shine, Mike Essex. Replacements: Jason Cronin, Ger McNamara, John Sheerin, Mike Cullane, Mike Darcy.
St Mary's College: Conor Hogan, Marcus O'Driscoll, Andrew Bourke, Rob Hudson, Steve Toal-Lennon; Philip Brophy, Matthew Darcy; Colm McMahon, Richard Sweeney, Robert Sweeney; Ciaran Ruddock, Gerry Sexton; Kurt Haupt, Gareth Austin, Kevin Croke. Replacements: Arthur Lyons, Tom O'Reilly, Darragh Keller, Kevin Sheehan, Joe Burns.
Lansdowne 36, U.L. Bohemian 13.
U.L. played Lansdowne in the back pitch in the Aviva Stadium and the Limerick side were no match for the leaders.
Martin McPhail gave the visitors an early lead and a conversion and two penalties by Ben Martin left the visitors trailing 19-13 at the break. However it was all Lansdowne in the second half as they added two converted tries and a penalty to their total.
Scorers Lansdowne: Craig Ronaldson try, pen 4 cons, Cian Aherne 2 tries, Mark Feely, Foster Horan tries.
U.L. Bohemian: Martin McPhail try, Ben Martin 2 pens, con.
Lansdowne: Ross McCarron; Cian Aherne, Sean Carey, Tom Daly, Foster Horan; Craig Ronaldson, Paddy O'Driscoll; Jack O'Connell, Steve Collins, Martin Moore; Willie Earls, mark feely; Clive Ross, Charlie Butterworth, Ron Boucher. Replacements: Tyrone Moran, Richard Liddington, Dan Mannion, Andrew Geraghty, Mark Roche.
U.L. Bohemian: Tim Rafferty; Martin McPhail, Mossie Lawlor, Niall Kenneally, Rory White; Ben Martin, Cathal Sheridan; Tom Burke, Ed Rossiter, Gary Walsh; David Foley, Ed Kelly; Conor Kindregan, Jack O'Donoghue, Sean Rennison, Replacements: John Sutton, Alex Simpson, Keith McManus, Ian Condell, David Johnson.
Old Belvedere 44, Cork Constitution 13.
Cork Constitution's recent revival came unstuck at Anglesea Road as Old Belvedere ran out comprehensive winners.
Two Johnny Holland penalties left the visitors trailing 8-6 at half time. Con's only answer to a one side second half was a try from skipper Gerry Hurley which Holland converted.
Scorers Old Belvedere: Josh Glynn try, pen, 3 cons, Danny Riordan (3), Kieran O'Gorman, Jack Conan, Josh Eden-Whairtiri tries. Cork Constitution: Gerry Hurley try, Johnny Holland 2 pens, con.
Old Belvedere: Danny Riordan (Capt); Josh Glynn, John Kennedy, Ben Woods, Colin Murphy; Stephen Crosbie, Fergal Lawlor; Vinny Soden, Mark Cooney, Pat O'Regan; Dean Moore, Josh Eden-Whairtiri; Jack Conan, Kieran O'Gorman, Jonathan Slattery. Replacements: Gavin Duffy, David Gilcrest, Alan Trenier, Brian O'Neill, Aidan Wynne.
Cork Constitution: Darragh Lins: Robert Clune, Niall O'Driscoll, Scott Deasy, Cathal Quinn; Johnny Holland, Gerry Hurley; Pat Galvin, Andrew O'Driscoll, Chris Corkery; Philip Donnellan Brian Hayes; Graham Lawlor, Brian O'Hara, James Ryan. Replacements: Brian Cagney, Brian Vaughan, Conor Dempsey, Pat Parfray.
Dolphin 18, Clontarf 20.
A dramatic penalty by Darragh Fitzpatrick in the tenth minute of injury time earned Clontarf a narrow two point win over Dolphin at Musgrave Park. The Dublin side led 10-5 at half time with Miah Cronin scoring a try for Dolphin under the posts but the reliable Barry Keeshan missed the conversion. The home side rallied after the break and a try by skipper Rory Scannell and a conversion and two penalties by Keeshan had the home side ahead until Fitzpatrick's late strike.
Scorers Dolphin: Miah Cronin, Rory Scannell tries, Barry Keeshan 2 pens, con. Clontarf: Mick McGrath (2), Timmy McCoy, tries, Darragh Fitzpatrick pen, Matt D'Arcy con.
Dolphin: Niall Whalley; Eamon Mills, Cian Bohane, Rory Scannell, Harry Fleming; Barry Keeshan, Brian Slater; Christy Condon, Niall Scannell, John Leahy; Chris Rowe, Dave O'Mahony; Rob O'Herlihy, Miah Cronin, Brian O Callaghan. Replacements: John Cleary, Jack Bransfield, Darren O'Shea, Chris Bannon, James Kiernan.
Clontarf: Darragh Fitzpatrick; Mick McGrath, Niall Myron, Evan Ryan, Timmy McCoy; Matt D'Arcy, Sam Cronin; Ben Barclay, Cathal O'Flynn, Royce Burke-Flynn; Ben Reilly, Conor O'Keeffe; Martin Garvey, Adrian D'Arcy, Frank Cogan.
Replacements: Conor Keegan, Jonathon Larbey, Tadhg Furlong, Thomas Byrne, Simon Crawford.
Bruff 21, Belfast Harlequins 17.
Bruff ended their recent poor run with a narrow win over Belfast harlequins at Kilballyowen Park, a result that puts a dent on the Ulster side's promotion hopes.
A try by Tom O'Callaghan and a conversion and penalty by Brian Carroll had the home side 10-3 ahead at half time. Maurice O'Connell added a second half try for the winners and Carroll kicked two further points but a late rally by the visitors was not enough to secure the points.
Scorers Bruff: Tom O'Callaghan, Maurice O'Connell tries, Brian Carroll 3 pens, con.
Belfast Harlequins: Richard Lutton, Lawrence Babe tries, Rory Scholes pen, 2 cons.
Bruff: Brendan Deady; Robert Finn, Mark Cosgrove, Gary Leonard, Andrew Breen; Brian Carroll, Eoghan Maher; Ger Collins, John Hogan, Colm O'Sullivan; Maurice O'Connell, Mike McCarthy; Dumani Mtya, Danny Keogh, Paddy Cleary.
Replacements: Cathal O'Regan, Michael Lynch, Mike Carroll, Richard McAuliffe, Tom O'Callaghan.
Belfast Harlequins: Rory Scholes; Adam D'Arcy, Willie Stewart, Mark Best, Matthew Holmes; Chris Henderson, Michael Kirkwood; Richard Lutton, Niall Annett, Tom Fraser; Gareth Rourke, Paul Rea; Lawrence Babe, Ken McComb, Sean O'Connell. Replacements: Paul Greenaway, Kyle Adams, Andrew Gillespie, Alistair Heatlie, Robbie Creighton.
Highfield 44, Queens University 33.
A nine try feast at Woodleigh Park as Highfield kept their Division 2A promotion hopes alive with a deserved victory.
Six of the tries came in the opening thirty minutes, three a piece and it was only in the final ten minutes that the remaining tries were scored.
In an exciting opening half Queens took the lead on three occasions and each time they were pegged back.
Highfield led 22-19 at the break and looked in control entering injury time 40-28, but a few nervous moments before the final whistle saw Highfield hold out.
Scorers: Highfield: P O'Toole try, 3 cons, 3 pens, J O'Callaghan, P Ryan, S Quaid, D Keogh tries.
Queens University: R McMaster try, 3 pens, 2 cons, D Hall 2 tries, S McIllwaine tries.
Highfield: Colm Downes; Sean Quaid, Cyprian Jouve, Colin Mahony, Paul Stack; Peter O'Toole, Kevin Foyle; John O'Callaghan, Dave O'Hea, Paddy Ryan; Dave Kelly, George French; Brian Carroll, Maurice Power, Don Keogh.
Replacements: Wayne Falvey, Jason Carton, Fergal Tuohy, Mark O'Driscoll, Billy Newman.
Queens University: Chris Colvin; Damon Hall, Robbie Stewart, Stuart McIllwaine, Ross Adair; Ritchie McMaster, Paddy Farrell; Ed Bowen, Norman Sinclair, Liam Bennett; Johnny Heron, Ross McCaughey; Robert Whitten, Matthew Clarke, Ben Alexander. Replacements: Mark Foster, David Swann, Robbie Clarke, Hugo Harbison, Conor Spence.
Elsewhere in Division 2A, Cashel went down to leaders Banbridge 25-12 but they did become the first side to prevent the Co. Down side from getting a bonus point victory. Pat O'Connor kicked three penalties and Conor Quinlan added a drop goal.
U.C.C. kept up their recent good run with a bonus point victory over Greystones that sees them draw level with second placed Terenure, four points behind leaders Banbridge.
For the other two Munster sides in this Division, it was not good news. Old Crescent lost at home to Old Wesley 25-15. James O'Neill and Brendan Guilfoyle scored tries for Crescent and Shane Mullally kicked a penalty and a conversion.
Two Paul Daly penalties were not enough for Midleton who lost 30-6 away to Corinthians.
In Division 2B Nenagh Ormond pulled themselves into the promotion race with a 35-20 away win over Instonians at Shaws Bridge. Sam Nash scored two tries for the Tipperary side and Michael Fogarty and Derek Corcoran got one each. Donal Fogarty kicked three conversions and three penalties.
Thomond went down to their fourth defeat of the campaign with 22-16 away defeat by Navan. Kevin O'Mahony got all their scores a try, conversion and three penalties.
Clonakilty slumped to a heavy defeat away to NUIM Barnhall going down 72-0.
Sunday's Well will be very disappointed not to have picked up at least a losing bonus point away to Suttonians when they conceded a late try as they lost 24-17.
Despite playing with the advantage of the elements in the opening half the Well trailed 14-13 at half time. Shane O'Sullivan scored the 'Well's try and Shane O'Riordan added two penalties and a conversion.
Suttonians: D O'Neill; L Hamilton, D Higgins, D Farrell, C Lennon; S van Gruting, A Griggs; G Connolly, R Kelly, A Hoary; D Ivory, A Kearney; R Delaney (c), T Keane, P Dwane.
Replacements: M Cuddy, C Barron, M Amerlynck, G Predy.
Sunday's Well: Danny O'Shea; Shane O'Sullivan, Niall Horgan, Ross O'Mahony, Ian O'Regan; Shane O'Riordan, Peter Arigho; John Barry, Joe Moynihan (c), Ian Murphy; Shane Walsh, Daniel Horgan; Richard Lane, Darren Loftus, James Mulcahy.
Replacements: Matt Quinlivan, Shane Desmond, Aidan O'Reilly, Willie McCarthy.
Ulster Bank League Division 1A: Dolphin 18, Clontarf 20;
Lansdowne 36, U.L. Bohemian 13;
Old Belvedere 44, Cork Constitution 13;
Shannon 3, St. Mary's College 10;
Young Munster 14, Garryowen 21;
Division 1B: Ballymena 24, Ballynahinch 43;
Bruff 21, Belfast Harlequins 17;
Dublin University 36, U.C.D. 14;
Dungannon 8, Blackrock College 9;
Malone 12, Buccaneers 24;
Division 2A: Banbridge 25, Cashel 12;
Bective Rangers 16, Seapoint 12;
Corinthians 30, Midleton 6;
Galwegians 43, D.L.S.P. 0;
Greystones 8, U.C.C. 33;
Highfield 40, Queens University 33;
Old Crescent 15, Old Wesley 25;
Terenure College 38, City of Derry 10;
Division 2B: Boyne 16, Naas 14;
Connemara 6, Rainey Old Boys 43;
Instonians 20, Nenagh Ormond 35;
Navan 22, Thomond 16;
NUIM Barnhall 72, Clonakilty 0;
Skerries 19, City of Armagh 10;
Sligo 26, Ards 0;
Suttonians 24, Sunday's Well 13;