UCD edge tight contest to go top
Published 30/11/2015 | 02:30
UCD have been in free-scoring form in Ulster Bank League Division 1A, but they showed their ability to win a tight contest when coming from behind to defeat Garryowen 13-6 at Dooradoyle.
Noel McNamara's students moved to the top of the table, taking advantage of Clontarf's draw with Lansdowne, as second-half tries from hooker Sean McNulty and scrum-half Jamie Glynn overcame the hosts in Limerick.
Two penalties from Neil Cronin, either side of a Ross Byrne kick, had given Garryowen a 6-3 half-time lead.
On the restart, McNulty piled over from a rolling maul after a spell of pressure, and Glynn sealed the result for College with a 79th-minute unconverted score.
At Crowley Park, Shane O'Leary's 18-point haul, including a try, helped Galwegians beat Ballynahinch 33-16.
Lansdowne captain Scott Deasy converted Joe O'Brien's late try to secure a 23-23 draw with previous Division 1A table toppers Clontarf at the Aviva Stadium.
'Tarf will be kicking themselves as a lapse in discipline saw Leinster hooker Aaron Dundon sent off and lock Tom Byrne sin-binned when they were leading 23-16, and the 13 men were unable to prevent flanker O'Brien from going over.
Daniel Riordan's brace of tries drove Old Belvedere to a 19-17 success against Cork Constitution at Anglesea Road, while Gearoid Lyons scored a try, two conversions and four penalties as Young Munster won 28-8 at Terenure.
Shannon are up to fifth in Division 1B after beating Dolphin 30-19 at Coonagh. A penalty try and a late effort from converted scrum-half David O'Donovan, sealed the bonus-point triumph.
Martin Irwin and Rodger McBurney kicked drop-goals as Ballymena battled their way to a 15-6 victory over UL Bohemians.
Five-try Blackrock College survived a second-half fightback from Belfast Harlequins, winning 36-32 at Stradbrook. Forwards Mikey Carroll, Conor Kilcoyne and Joe Scott-Lennon were among their try-scorers.
Dublin University won 27-6 at Buccaneers. Tim Maupin scored his third try in two games and Angus Lloyd, Killian O'Leary and Tom Ryan also dotted down.
Darragh Fanning grabbed the only try of the game - his fifth of the campaign - as St Mary's College stayed top of Division 1B with a solid 19-9 triumph over Old Wesley at Templeville Road.