Friday 30 September 2016

Garryowen see off Saints to book promotion

Brian Lowry

Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

The visitors broke free from a defensive scrum in the first half, taking advantage of poor tackling as scrum-half Neil Cronin ran in the game’s only try
The visitors broke free from a defensive scrum in the first half, taking advantage of poor tackling as scrum-half Neil Cronin ran in the game’s only try

Garryowen earned promotion straight back to Ulster Bank League Division 1A with a hard-earned 13-3 play-off win away to St Mary's College.

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On a day when Young Munster fell just short of a place in the league decider, their local rivals Garryowen triumphed in a tight promotion/relegation tie at Templeville Road.

The visitors broke free from a defensive scrum in the first half, taking advantage of poor tackling as scrum-half Neil Cronin ran in the game's only try. His half-back partner Jamie Gavin added the conversion and kicked a penalty in each half.

Meanwhile, Johnny Williams' hat-trick of tries pushed Dundalk to a 22-10 play-off victory over hosts DLSP, as they booked their place in the new 10-team Division 2C for 2015/16.

In another historic first for Dundalk, Ene Fa'atau's side will be playing senior rugby in the Ulster Bank League next season. It caps off an great campaign having already won the Ulster Bank All-Ireland Junior Cup, Leinster League Division 1A and the McGowan Cup.

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