Thursday 8 December 2016

D'Arcy drives leaders 'Tarf to victory

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

Matt D'Arcy scored in the only try during Clontarf's win over Galwegians
Matt D'Arcy scored in the only try during Clontarf's win over Galwegians

Clontarf maintained their presence at the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, holding off a strong second-half challenge from Galwegians to run out 16-9 winners at Castle Avenue.

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Playing on their new 4G pitch, which was officially opened beforehand by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and IRFU president Martin O'Sullivan, Clontarf scored the game's only try in the first half through strong-running centre Matt D'Arcy.

Talented scrum-half Neil Cronin tallied up 18 points, including a try, as Garryowen overcame hosts Old Belvedere 28-13 at Anglesea Road. Nearby at Belfield, Barry Daly waltzed over for two tries as UCD enjoyed an eye-catching 39-10 triumph over defending champions Lansdowne.

Young winger Jake Swaine touched down twice as Terenure College dominated the final quarter to take a three-try 30-6 verdict over struggling Ballynahinch at Ballymacarn Park.

New Young Munster boss David Corkery got one over on his former club Cork Constitution, as the Cookies won a hard-fought Munster derby 11-10 at Tom Clifford Park.

In Division 1B, Munster flyer Stephen Fitzgerald bagged a brace of tries as Shannon emerged as 32-10 bonus point winners over Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park. Dublin University chalked up their fifth success in a row when hammering Dolphin 44-3 at Irish Independent Park. Old Wesley put an end to their two-match losing streak by winning a tightly contested south Dublin derby 36-22 at Donnybrook.

Ireland Sevens starlet Terry Kennedy's late try earned a 27-24 bonus point success for Division 1B leaders St Mary's College as they battled past a durable UL Bohemians team at Annacotty.

Meanwhile, No8 Matthew Rea crossed the whitewash for the second week running as second-placed Ballymena got back to winning ways by edging out Buccaneers 15-14 under the Dubarry Park floodlights.

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