Ryan double sees Dolphin bag bonus to keep hopes firmly alive
Dolphin were the only team in the chasing pack that got the victory they needed in Division 1A of the AIB League. Shannon went down to a shock 32-26 home defeat to Clontarf, while Garryowen lost 16-13 to bottom side UL Bohs.
Although they will face a tough final outing against Cork Con, Dolphin must be delighted to have kept things within their control by trouncing Blackrock College 31-13, picking up a bonus point.
Their tries came from Dave Ryan (2), Sam Cronin and Rob Allen against a Blackrock outfit which now is only one point clear of second-from-bottom Clontarf.
Clontarf must be hugely encouraged by their victory over Shannon. Trailing 18-10 at the interval, they secured a bonus point with tries from Michael Keating (2), Martin Dufficy and Sean Carey.
Garryowen are going to need to improve on their effort when losing 16-13 to UL Bohs. Despite losing Munster player Barry Murphy early on, UL Bohs fought back from an early seven-point deficit with Martin McPhail scoring the decisive try.
Elsewhere, Old Belvedere took a major step to securing the play-off spot from Division 1B after beating Ballynahinch 57-38. They go into their final game three points ahead of Young Munster. The latter kept in touch by beating Galwegians 18-9.
Buccaneers defeated UCC 18-11 and Dungannon moved off the bottom, ahead of Ballynahinch, with a 25-15 victory at Ballymena.
In Division 2, Lansdowne did Bruff a favour in the race for second with their 20-17 win over DLSP. The Limerickmen can clinch promotion this weekend with a win over Malone after beating Bective 19-17.
At the bottom, Greystones' 22-10 home defeat to Corinthians means they'll be playing in Division 3 next year, while Highfield's 19-18 defeat to Belfast Harlequins means they are in trouble. Crescent's 44-3 defeat to Thomond means they need to beat Lansdowne to stay up.
In Division 3, Midleton will be joining Queens in Division 2 after their 13-5 win over Banbridge.
Portadown will need a miracle to avoid a play-off to keep their senior status after their 19-18 defeat to Navan. Naas are almost safe after their 20-12 win over Barnhall.