Kicking king Kingsley puts boot into Old Belvo
Division 1A: Old Belvedere 17 Young Munster 19
A magnificent kicking display from Alan Kingsley enhanced Young Munster's chances of making the play-offs no end while denying Old Belvedere the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the league.
The Cookies made a bright start and in the fifth minute Kingsley split the posts with the first penalty of the game.
'Belvo finally gained a foothold on things and on the half-hour mark second-row Alan Trenier burrowed through for a try after a series of close-in crashes. Conal Keane's conversion brought the score to 7-3, but Kingsley nudged Munster back in front with two penalties either side of the break.
Stewart Maguire's try in the 64th minute looked like it might see 'Belvo through, but Kingsley was at hand to round off a fine kicking display with a fantastic conversion after Brendan Guilfoyle had crashed over in the corner.
Scorers -- Old Belvedere: A Trenier, S Maguire try each, C Keane 2 cons, A Dunne dp gl. Young Munster: A Kingsley 4 pens, con, B Guilfoyle, try.
St Mary's College 29
St Mary's strengthened their cause with a comfortable victory over Dolphin at Templeville Road yesterday afternoon.
Mary's did the bulk of the damage in the opening half with tries from Mark Sexton, Robert Sweeney and Gavin Dunne, all of which Dunne converted to make it 21-0 at the break.
Dolphin gave a better a better account of themselves in the second half, but another try for the home side from Darren Hudson seen them secure the bonus point.
Scorers -- St Mary's: G Dunne, D Hudson, M Sexton, R Sweeney try each; G Dunne pen, G Dunne 3 cons. Dolphin: R Geoghegan try, B Keeshan pen, B Keeshan con.
Cork Constitution 17
Cork Constitution took another step towards a semi-final place in the Ulster Bank League with this victory at Temple Hill.
A try from Brendan Cutriss after five minutes which Gerry Hurley converted left the home side 7-0 in front at half-time. Hurley increased Constitution's advantage with a penalty 15 minutes from time and minutes later Ivan Dineen touched down.
Scorers -- Cork Constitution: B Cutriss, I Dineen try each, G Hurley 2 cons, pen.
Blackrock College 21
IN FRONT 15-3 at the interval it was obvious that Garryowen would face a second-half onslaught when it was Blackrock's turn to be assisted by the very strong breeze at Dooradoyle.
And that was how it panned out but it took the try by Rob Keogh to edge the Dubliners in front with 19 minutes remaining. Darragh Fitzpatrick was the scoring hero for Blackrock with a try which he converted and he also landed three penalties.
Garryowen had the opening try after five minutes through Declan Cusack and after 18 minutes Ronan O'Mahady scored in the corner. But Fitzpatrick's man-of-the-match performance sealed it for the visitors.
Scorers -- Garryowen: D Cusack try, pen, con, R O'Mahady, L Burke try each. Blackrock: R Keogh try, D Fitzpatrick try, 3 pens, con.
A surprise at the Mardyke as College defeated a fancied Buccaneers side to move further up the table and put a dent in the Connacht side's automatic promotion hopes.
The home side led 14-5 at half-time with two tries from Willie Walsh which Andrew Burke converted and John Ryan made sure of the points for with a third try.
Scorers -- UCC: W Walsh 2 tries, John Ryan try, A Burke 2 cons. Buccaneers: J O'Brien 2 tries J Carthy pen.
Kieran Lewis crossed for two of Lansdowne's five tries as they kept their promotion hopes alive against a Galwegians side facing Division 2 rugby next season.
Full-back Eoghan Hickey produced an audacious pass to send Lewis over for his first try five minutes from the break.
Lansdowne sealed the issue with tries from hooker Tom Sexton and winger Matt Healy, either side of Lewis' second touchdown.
Scorers -- Galwegians: Nolan try, Leader pen, con Lansdowne: Lewis 2 tries, O'Boyle, Healy, Sexton try each, Hickey 4 cons, pen, d-g
There was a terrific finish when local rivals clashed at Annacotty with UL-Bohemian taking four points while Bruff had to be content with a losing bonus point.
Martin McPhail made sure of victory for the home side with a late try which Ed Torrie converted. Torrie kicked 13 of the winners' points.
Scorers -- UL-Bohemian: C Ahern, D Morony, M McPhail try each, E Torrie 3 pens, 2 cons Bruff: M O'Connell, E Cahill, B Deady try each, B Cahill 2 pens, 2 cons.
LEADERS Clontarf bounced back from last week's defeat at Buccaneers with a bonus-point win over Dungannon.
Aaron Dundon went over, before Barry O'Mahony crossed for the first of two tries. Dungannon hit back through Chris Coghlan and Calum Threfall but Noel Reid killed off the Ulster side.
Scorers -- Clontarf: B O'Mahony 2 tries, N Reid try, 3 cons, 2 pens, A Dundon, M Garvey try each, M Dufficy 1 con Dungannon: C Coghlan, C Threfall, G Sinnamon try each, M Lawton 2 cons.
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