AIL Division 1 round-up: Rock weather late onslaught
AIL Division 1A
BLACKROCK COLLEGE 16 GARRYOWEN 11
BLACKROCK College soaked up a late Garryowen onslaught to take the spoils at Stradbrook after an exciting finale.
The Limerick men crossed for the first try as outhalf Declan Cusack touched down and added a drop goal. Trailing 11-6, the hosts stormed back, Alan McGinty kicking a penalty before centre Alex Dunlop crossed on 77 minutes. McGinty touched down and with six minutes injury-time the Sky Blues threw everything at the hosts, but couldn't breach the line.
Scorers -- Blackrock Col: A Dunlop try, A McGinty 3 pens, 1 con. Garryowen: D Cusack 1 try, 1 dg, 1 pen.
St Mary's 10
After their big win over Shannon last week, St Mary's had to battle hard for a one- point victory at Musgrave Park.
The only score in the first half was a Barry Keeshan penalty for Dolphin after 11 minutes. The visitors came more into the game after the break but fell further behind to a second Keeshan penalty on 51 minutes.
A break by scrumhalf Matt Darcy inside his own 22 sent substitute David Campbell racing away to score under the posts; Sean McCarthy converted.
McCarthy extended Mary's advantage with a penalty five minutes later, but Keeshan closed the gap to a point with his third penalty 14 minutes from time as the Dublin side held out to record back-to- back victories.
Scorers -- Dolphin: B Keeshan 3 pens. St Mary's College: D Campbell try, S McCarthy con, pen.
Cork Constitution 26
Shannon picked up a valuable losing bonus point after a spirited second-half display against table-toppers Cork Constitution at Coonagh.
Star performer Richie Lane kicked two penalties, and scored and converted an intercept try, to send Con into a 13-0 lead. Bennett scored Shannon's only first-half points six minutes before the break, when Shannon had John Clogan yellow-carded.
A Lane penalty extended the lead after the restart, but Sean Armstrong immediately replied with a try that Bennett converted.
Cyprian Jouve got in for Cons second try which Lane converted but again Shannon got back in the game when Mossy Lawler got a 56th- minute try. Lane added another penalty after 76 minutes but Dave Quinlan's late try earned Shannon their bonus point.
Scorers -- Shannon S Armstrong, M Lawler, D Quinlan, try each, T Bennett, 1 pen 1 con. Cork Constitution: R Lane, try,4 pens, 2 cons, C Jouve try.
Young Munster 0
Old Belvedere 31
There was a time when going to Clifford Park posed major problems for visiting teams but yesterday Old Belvedere cruised to a conformable win at the venue.
Old Belvedere managed to go in 11-0 in front thanks to a 38th-minute try by flanker Jason Risdon as the pack mauled their way over.
Keane pushed the visitors further in front with a penalty after 53 minutes and on the hour, Risdon got in for a second try which Keane converted. He added another penalty before a try from Leo Auva'a, which Aidan Dunne converted.
Scorers -- Old Belvedere: Risdon 2 tries, L Auva'a try, C Keane 4 pens, 1 con, A Dunne 1 con.
A five-try second-half blitz powered Buccaneers to an easy victory over UCC at Dubarry Park.
Kolo Kiripati and Brian Touhy both crossed twice, with Paul Harte completing the rout. John Ryan grabbed a try for UCC in stoppage-time but it was too little, too late.
Scorers -- Buccaneers: Kiripati, Touhy 2 tries, Watters, Harte try, Connellan 2 cons, 3 pens, Wynne con. UCC: Derham, John Ryan tries, Burke pen, con.
Paddy Jackson scored 20 points as Dungannon ended Clontarf's unbeaten run yesterday. The Dubliners went ahead early on in the match with a Martin Garvey try before Jackson's try helped the home side to a 13-11 interval advantage.
Dungannon dominated the second half of the game, with Craig Gilroy and Conor Gaston adding further tries; Jackson converted both and added a penalty as the hosts cruised home.
Scorers -- Dungannon: C Gilroy, C Gaston try each, P Jackson try, 3 pens, 3 cons. Clontarf: M Garvey try, N Reid 3 pens, P Howard 1 pen.
UL Bohemian 13
JJ Hanrahan missed a crucial late penalty for UL Bohemian, who went under at Kilballyowen with the three Cahill brothers, Brian, Eoin and Tony, all on the scoresheet for Bruff.
UL Bohemian got in for a try by Ed Kelly, which Hanrahan converted, but his late miss proved really costly for the visitors, who had to settle for the losing bonus- point.
Scorers -- Bruff: E Cahill try, B Cahill 2 pens, T Cahill 1 pen. UL Bohemian: E Kelly try, JJ Hanrahan 2 pens, 1 con.
Lansdowne gave their season a big boost with an emphatic bonus-point victory over Galwegians at the Aviva Stadium.
Playing on the artificial surface back pitch, the hosts pulled away in the last 15 minutes with three tries late in to secure an impressive victory.
Scorers -- Lansdowne: E Hickey 4 pens, 4 cons, S Gahan, C Ronaldson, W Earle, K Lewis, E Sheriff tries. Galwegians: J Cleary 3 pens, I Muldoon try.