In brief: Zebo double keeps Con's back-to-back dreams alive
AIL DIVISION 1A: ST MARY'S COLLEGE 0
CORK CONSTITUTION 22
A Simon Zebo-inspired Cork Constitution kept their dreams of back-to-back titles very much alive with a comprehensive victory over St Mary's College at Templeville Road yesterday afternoon.
The away side took the lead nine minutes in when scrum-half Gerry Buckley was on target with a 35-metre penalty. Cyprian Jouvet then got through for the first try of the contest, converted by Buckley for a 10-0 lead at the interval.
Con continued to cause Mary's problems after the break, with Zebo scoring a superb catch-and-kick try on 57 minutes. The outstanding Zebo got in once again on the left-wing 11 minutes later (converted once again by Buckley), which proved to the insurance score for Cork Con, in spite of the Templeogue club's best efforts.
Scorers -- Cork Constitution: S Zebo 2 tries, G Buckley 2 cons, 1 pen, C Jouvet try.
St Mary's College: P Gillespie; R Doherty, S Grissing, P Brophy, D Hudson; G Dunne, M D'Arcy; C McMahon, Richard Sweeney, Robert Sweeney; C Ruddock, S Bradshaw; D Hall, P Nash, H Hogan.
Replacements: M Sexton for Brophy (54), I McKinley for Gillespie (54), K Sheahan for Bradshaw (61).
Cork Constitution: S Scanlon; R Lane, C Jouvet, I Dineen, S Zebo; S Deasy, G Hurley; M Gately, D Fogarty, S Archer; B Hayes, I Nagle; B Holland, B Cuttriss, F Cogan.
Replacements: P O'Mahony for Nagle (blood sub, 34-37), O'Mahony for Hayes (63), D Williams for Jouvet (65), R Quinn for Fogarty (70), G Murray for Gately (75), C Desmond for Zebo (82), Gately for Archer (84).
Old Belvedere 3
Despite missing three first-half penalties, Declan Cusack emerged as man of the match as Garryowen caused a big upset at Dooradoyle in beating the table toppers.
A penalty by Conal Keane after 14 minutes had Old Belvedere in front but a superb Garryowen try by Cusack, who broke from the 22 to touch down between the posts -- before adding the conversion -- left the scores 7-3 at the interval.
Immediately on the restart Cusack landed a penalty and he made sure of the points with another penalty after 65 minutes.
Scorers -- Garryowen: D Cusack try, 2 pens, 1 con. Old Belvedere: C Keane pen.
BLACKROCK COLLEGE 25
Blackrock College fended off a strong second-half fightback from bottom side Shannon to record a narrow four-point victory at Stadbrook yesterday afternoon. In the opening half Mick Noone (2) and Johnny Burretto secured tries for the home side to go with a penalty and two conversions courtesy of Darragh Fitzpatrick. All Shannon could manage during this period were two Mossie Lawlor penalties as they faced into a 22-6 deficit for the second period.
However, the visitors were a completely different animal on the re-start as tries from Luke O'Dea and Duncan Casey, as well as penalty and conversion from Lawlor, brought them kicking and screaming back into the contest. However, a second Fitzpatrick penalty was enough to secure a bonus point win for Blackrock.
Scorers - Blackrock College: D Fitzpatrick 2 pens, 2 cons, M Noone 2 tries, J Burretto try. Shannon: M Lawlor 3 pens, 1 con, L O'Dea, D Casey try each.
AIL DIVISION 1B
Buccaneers' losing streak continued at the hands of Dungannon at Dubarry Park. Buccs led 14-5 at half time with tries from John O'Brien and Stephen Burke, converted by Jack Carty. Stuart Lester replied for the visitors with an unconverted try. Michael Lawton reduced the deficit and a Rowan Halsall try sealed a second half comeback for Dungannon.
Scorers -- Buccaneers: O'Brien, S Burke tries; Carty 2 cons. Dungannon: Lester, Lawton, Halsall tries; Lawton con.
Galwegians kept their hopes of staying in the Division alive with an impressive fightback at the Mardyke. The students dominated the early exchanges and went ahead with a try from Andrew Cudmore and a conversion and penalty by Johnny Holland. A try by John Cleary, converted by Tadgh Leader, left the Westerners trailing by three points at the break. Tries by Dermot Murphy and John Bleary, both converted by Leader, ensured victory for the visitors.
Scorers -- UCC: A Cudmore try, J Holland con, pen. Galwegians: J Cleary, D Murphy, J Bleary tries, T Leader 3 cons.
Lansdowne proved far too strong for Bruff at Kilballyowen Park and led 21-10 at the interval. Paul O'Brien landed a second minute penalty but Eoghan Hickey converted tries by Shane Gahon (2) and John Cooney for the visitors. Bruff kept in touch with a try by Alan Bourke after 35 minutes but Cooney had his second on the hour mark and a converted try by Paul O'Brien sealed it for Bruff.
Scorers -- Bruff: P O'Brien, try, 1 pen 2 cons, A Bourke try. Lansdowne: S Gahon, J Cooney, two tries each, E Hickey 3 cons.
UL BOHEMIAN 20
A strong second-half comeback from a JJ Hanrahan-inspired UL Bohemian side denied Clontarf victory in their final home game of the season at Castle Avenue. The league leaders performed well in the opening half, with tries from out-half Martin Dufficy and Cillian Lett supplemented by a penalty and conversion from Dufficy. Nevertheless, UL were still in contention heading into the second half, as a try from Kieran Essex, converted by Hanrahan, meant Clontarf only held a 15-7 lead at the break.
Clontarf would have hoped to push on but tries from Ed Torrie and Dave Moloney, and a penalty from Hanrahan, made sure that Bohs still have an outside chance of finishing in the top two this season.
Scorers -- Clontarf: M Dufficy try, pen, con, C Lett try. UL Bohemian: JJ Hanrahan pen, con, K Essex, E Torrie, D Moloney try each.
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