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Sunday 17 December 2017

Young Munster slide continues with fourth defeat in a row

Daragh Small

Young MUNSTER dropped to eighth in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League after they slumped to their fourth defeat on the bounce last weekend.

Munster travelled to Anglesea Road in hope rather than expectation and they left with their eighth loss of the season - Old Belvedere beating them 31-18.

They host Cork Con at Tom Clifford Park on February 21 in what is a must-win Munster derby.

Munsters are now just eight points ahead of Dolphin at the foot of the table and, with St Mary's hitting form, it could be a fight for survival between these two.

Dolphin had won two in a row coming into last weekend but they couldn't get the better of a strong Terenure outfit at Lakelands Park.

They also lost 31-18 and know they cannot afford too many more slip-ups if they are to retain their 1A status into next season - they host Old Belvedere next.

At the other end of the table, Cork Con lost 15-13 at home to St Mary's, which sees Con remain fourth but are now four points behind Clontarf.

In 1B, Garryowen are still just one point off leaders Galwegians.

Having beaten Belfast Harlequins 17-16 last Saturday, they have to make the daunting trip to take on the league's form side, Trinity, in the next round.

Harlequins are next up for Shannon, while UL Bohemians host Malone after another poor defeat, this time away to Ballymena last weekend.

Irish Independent

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