Scanlon finds range to break Belvedere hearts
Cork Constitution 12
Old Belvedere 9
Sean Scanlon delivered an injury-time drop goal from inside his own half to preserve Cork Constitution's unbeaten start to the season yesterday.
In truth, the draw looked the fair result after an even game that saw Conal Keane and Andy Dunne kick penalties for Belvedere, with Richie Lane kicking three for the visitors.
Lane missed a penalty to win it with three minutes on the clock and the game headed towards stalemate. But it was Scanlon who would prove the hero as he broke Belvo hearts late on.
SCORERS -- Cork Constitution: R Lane 3 pens, S Scanlon 1 dg. Old Belvedere: C Keane 2 pens, A Dunne 1 pen.
Blackrock College 21
Blackrock College bounced back after last week's defeat by Cork Constitution with a narrow victory over Dolphin at Musgrave Park.
The visitors led 13-10 at half-time with a try from Dave Rowan and a conversion and two penalties by Dara Fitzpatrick. Eric Moloney scored a try for Dolphin and Barry Keeshan kicked a conversion and penalty.
Keeshan tied up the scores with a penalty five minutes into the second half and this was followed by an exchange of penalties between Fitzpatrick and Keeshan.
But 16 minutes from time, a block down by Paul Graham saw the Blackrock second-row gather the ball to touch down to give his side the points.
Dolphin 16: E Moloney try, B Keeshan 3 pens, con. Blackrock College 21: N Rowan, P Graham tries, D Fitzpatrick 3 pens, 1 con.
Young Munster 15
St Mary's College 9
Neither side could manage a try in this eagerly contested affair at Clifford Park and in the end it was the Young Munster scrum-half Alan Kingsley who took the scoring honours. The scrum-half kicked four penalties and dropped a goal to clinch a win that the home side deserved and it gives them two wins from two starts.
Ian Kinglsey had a first half penalty for St Mary's to have it 3-3 at the interval and replacement Gavin Dunne made it 6-6 when he struck a penalty and when he landed another it all came down to Kingsley who landed the winning score three minutes from the end.
Scorers -- Young Munster 15: A Kingsley 4 pens 1 dgl). St Mary's College 9: G Dunne 2 pens, I McKinley 1 pen.
Lansdowne powered to an eight-try victory in the first game between two club sides to take place at the new Aviva Stadium.
The hosts were in superb form throughout to register a 48-point win over the Lee-side students -- who failed to score in the second half -- with Lansdowne holding a 16-13 half-time lead.
John Cooney and Matt Healy claimed two tries each for the hosts, while Dave Kearney -- brother of Ireland and Leinster player Rob -- along with Shane Gahan, Willie Earle and Eoghan Hickey bagged a try each.
Andrew Burke did his best to keep UCC in touch throughout, with a try, conversion and two penalties.
Scorers -- Lansdowne: E Hickey try, 6 cons, 3 pens, J Cooney, M Healy 2 tries each, D Kearney, S Gahan, W Earle try each. UCC: A Burke try, con, 2 pens.
UL Bohemian 23
UL Bohemian, who defeated Galwegians last Saturday, continued their winning run with a deserved victory over a disappointing Dungannon at Stevenson Park.
Dungannon -- who managed two bonus points in their defeat at UCC -- led 9-5 at half-time with three Paddy Jackson penalties to a Darren Moroney try.
Jackson made it 12-5 but UL Bohs stormed back with excellent scores from Kieran Essex and Tommy O'Donnell, the latter converted by JJ Hanrahan.
The home side had a player 'yellow carded' after 70 minutes and Bohemians took advantage with a penalty from substitute out-half Stuart O'Flanagan.
But Dungannon stormed back but Jackson goaled a Conor Gaston score but O'Flanagan added a late penalty although Dungan did earn a bonus point.
Scorers -- Dungannon 19: C Gaston try, P Jackson 4 pens, con) UL Bohemian 23: (K Essex, D Moroney, T O'Donnell try each, S O'Flanagan 2 pens, JJ Hanrahan con).
Winger John O'Brien scored two tries as Buccaneers defeated Bruff at Kilballyowen in a most entertaining contest.
Bruff's second-row Alan Laffan had a third-minute try but O'Brien's first try after eight minutes was converted by Adam Kennedy.
A Brian Cahill penalty edged Bruff back in front, but Kennedy struck two more penalties to have Buccaneers 13-8 in front at the break.
Kennedy with penalty and O'Brien's second try, which Kennedy converted, looked to have made it safe.
But Cahill with a penalty and a Peter Malone try, converted by Kennedy, left only five points between them before Colm Boland scored a terrific try to clinch the win.
Scorers -- Bruff 18: A Laffan and P Malone try each, B Cahill 2 pens 1 con. Buccaneers 26: J O'Brien 2 tries, CBoland 1 try, A Kennedy 3pens, 1 con.
Clontarf maintained their winning start to the season yesterday with a bonus-point triumph over Galwegians at Crowley Park .
Two first-half tries and three further scores in the second half helped Bernard Jackman's side to a comfortable victory.
John Cleary opened the scoring for the home side with fifth-minute penalty but it was against the run of the play. After two fruitless visits to the home '22', Clontarf finally found the breakthrough 13 minutes into the first half with flanker Barry O'Mahony's try.
A mistake at the base of the Galwegian's scrum gifted the visitors a try when the lively O'Mahony pounced on a lose ball, burst clear and fed scrum-half Sam Cronin for a try and a 12-3 half-time lead after Noel Reid converted.
Within three minutes of the resumption, Clontarf had their third try, loose head-prop Ciaran Kavanagh crashed over for a hard earned score. The game was up at that stage, even though Cleary did answer with a penalty.
Killian Lett and Mick McGrath added further tries midway through the half before Ian Cullinane notched a late consolation try for Galwegians.
Scorers -- Galwegians: I Cullinane, J Cleary 2 pens. Clontarf: B O'Mahony, S Cronin, C Kavanagh, K Lett, N McCarth 1 try each, N Reid 4 cons.