Ryan double sees Dolphin bag bonus to keep hopes firmly alive
Published 29/03/2010 | 05:00
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.