AIL Round-Up: Former Division 1A leaders Clontarf suffer second successive defeat

ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE: DIVISION 1A ROUND-UP

CLONTARF 12-16 DUBLIN UNIVERSITY 

Dublin University consigned former Division 1A leaders Clontarf to their second successive defeat as they triumphed 16-12 in a real game of two halves at Castle Avenue.

Trinity’s fourth win in five rounds keeps them right in the play-off hunt, lying fourth in the table, as they claimed a significant scalp on the back of centre James Hickey’s first half try and 11 points from the boot of out-half James Fennelly, the top flight’s leading scorer with 77 points.

The result further boosts their confidence ahead of next Saturday’s mouth-watering clash with defending champions Lansdowne at College Park.

CORK CONSTITUTION 26-3 YOUNG MUNSTER 

Joe McSwiney’s 32nd-minute maul try set Cork Constitution on their way to convincing 26-3 bonus point victory over Young Munster at Temple Hill today, a result which extends their lead at the top of Division 1A to four points.

Cork Con’s determination was obvious given that they have lost their last four league meetings with Young Munster. As well as racking up four tries by the 62nd minute, they put on another defensive masterclass. It was the third time in the last four rounds that they have kept their opponents to just three points. They also did it against Garryowen and UCD last month.

They wrapped up the win and the bonus point when Shane Daly darted up from full-back to score at the posts, notching his second try in three games.

LANSDOWNE 31-15 UCC

Flanker Aaron Conneely took his tally to four tries in two games as Lansdowne continued on the winning trail with a 31-15 bonus point success at home to UCC, the conquerors of Dublin University last week.

Galway man Conneely matched his brace against Shannon in the last round with another double today, while hooker Ronan Kelleher also touched down twice as Lansdowne’s forwards outplayed the Cork pack at key stages of the game, using their set piece to build scoreboard pressure.

The result, which sees Lansdowne move up to second in the table, was in some doubt at half-time with UCC only 12-3 in arrears. The headquarters club’s well-oiled lineout and driving play provided the platform for Kelleher and Conneely’s opening scores, the first coming after just seven minutes.

Lansdowne were never really knocked off their stride and with Leinster centre Tom Daly getting on the scoresheet, along with Conneely and Kelleher completing their braces, Mike Ruddock’s men chalked up their fourth try-scoring bonus point of the campaign. They have also improved their average match score to 25 points.

UCD 31-3 TERENURE COLLEGE

UCD cantered to a 31-3 bonus point win over bottom side Terenure College as Leinster backs Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien and Paddy Patterson returned to club action at the Belfield Bowl.

First half tries from captain Alex Penny, Brian Cawley and Stephen McVeigh laid the foundations for the students’ first victory in four rounds, which moves them up one place to sixth in the All-Ireland League’s top tier, while Terenure, who have lost four-in-a-row, remain four points behind UCC.

The wet conditions led to plenty of forwards-dominated phases and the Terenure defence could not hold out, leaking that trio of scores.

A lone penalty from out-half Thornton just about kept Terenure in the hunt, but two more tries – both converted by Ireland Sevens international O’Brien – had UCD home and hosed. Lock Tom Treacy become the fourth forward to cross the whitewash before replacement back Gavin Mullin, who is in his second year with the Leinster Academy, took advantage of some tired tackles to make it five tries without reply.

GARRYOWEN 30-29 SHANNON (played on Friday)

Garryowen came from 11 points down with 13 minutes remaining to stun local rivals Shannon with an action-packed 30-29 defeat under the Dooradoyle floodlights on Friday night.

The large attendance got more than their money’s worth in terms of tries scored (four each plus the penalty try), the lead changing hands on a number of occasions and just sheer entertainment.

The Limerick derby also gave some valuable game-time to the likes of Munster’s Conor Oliver, Sean O’Connor, Jack Stafford, Ben Healy, Matt More, Diarmuid Barron and Eoghan Clarke.

This rip-roaring clash was there for the taking again at 29-23, the home supporters roaring on their side in pursuit of a famous comeback victory. Garryowen managed to pull it off in the end, their tireless pack taking up the baton and gaining a couple of penalties to pressurise the visitors’ defence.

Another infringement close to their own line saw referee Kieran Barry lose his patience and signal for that all-important penalty try.

Division 1B

BALLYMENA 18 BALLYNAHINCH 10

CITY OF ARMAGH 16 NAAS 11

MALONE 12 OLD WESLEY 16

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 28 BANBRIDGE 7

DIVISION 2A

Blackrock College 24 Old Crescent 10

StradbrookNavan 28 Galwegians 7

Balreask OldNenagh Ormond 17 Highfield 36

Queen’s University 13 Cashel 19

UL Bohemians 29 Dolphin 14

DIVISION 2B

Belfast Harlequins 10 Skerries 10

Dungannon 17 Greystones 20

Corinthians 17 Sligo 19 

Sunday’s Well 6 Rainey Old Boys 41

MU Barnhall v Wanderers, Parsonstown (match postponed due to death of Wanderers FC President John Roche Kelly

DIVISION 2C

Omagh 0 Seapoint 0,

Ballina 14 Bangor 12

Malahide 19 Bruff 14

Midleton 36 City of Derry 7

Thomond 20 Tullamore 27