Dooley stars as Lansdowne flex their muscles
Published 26/09/2016 | 02:30
A second successive bonus point win has moved Lansdowne three points clear at the top of Ulster Bank League Division 1A, while St. Mary's College, Young Munster, UCD and Garryowen all bounced back with their opening victories of the campaign on Saturday.
Leinster loosehead Peter Dooley (pictured) was part of a dominant home scrum and also helped himself to a try as Lansdowne thumped Terenure College 29-5 on the Aviva Stadium's main pitch. Tom Daly and young replacement prop Ntinga Mpiko also touched down to add to a first half penalty try.
21-year-old out-half Sean Kearns was the hero for St. Mary's as they claimed the scalp of defending champions Clontarf in a 23-20 win at Castle Avenue. Kearns completed his 13-point kicking haul with the decisive penalty in the 77th minute.
Munster back rower Robin Copeland touched down twice as Young Munster roared their way to a 37-15 bonus point success at Cork Constitution. The Cookies gained some revenge for last April's semi-final loss at Temple Hill, with a penalty try and efforts from Copeland and Alan Kennedy cancelling out Shane Daly's brace.
Another young number 10 impressed at College Park where Tim Foley, a key figure for Cistercian College Roscrea in their 2015 Schools Cup triumph, kicked 13 points in UCD's 23-13 victory over Trinity.
Despite a Leinster Academy-packed line-up, UCD did not have it all their own way and the hosts were right in the hunt until Jamie Glynn's late clinching try.
Centre Andrew O'Byrne's 25th-minute try and an eight-point kicking contribution from skipper Neil Cronin guided Garryowen to a 13-11 win over much-fancied Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road.
Meanwhile, UL Bohemians have a two-point lead at the summit in Division 1B after a superb 38-22 dismissal of promotion rivals Ballynahinch.
On the UL North Campus 4G pitch, in-form winger Jamie McNamara notched two of Bohs' six tries, combining with full-back Joe Murray for both scores.
Recent Ulster debutant Matthew Rea produced a man-of-the-match performance as Ballymena ran out worthy 15-8 winners over Naas.