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'Tarf lick Lansdowne to secure semi-final slot

LAST Sunday was April Fool's Day, and anyone who had looked at the results page of the Leinster Branch website could have been forgiven for thinking that someone was playing an April fool's trick!

Eight out of 23 matches were conceded - most worryingly, five of the games were at J1 level (two in the Metro and three in the Metro Plate).

However, many games did go ahead.

In the Metro, Clontarf, on the back of an impressive but slender win over Mary's last week, received a walkover from Wanderers followed by another big scalp in Lansdowne to reach the semis, where they will play Old Belvedere, courtesy of a walkover from Bective.

In the other semi, Coolmine, impressive winners over Trinity, will face NUIM Barnhall, who enjoyed an equally impressive away win to Section 'B' league winners Greystones.

In the O'Connell Cup semis, Old Belvedere came out on top in a closely fought battle with St Mary's, while Lansdowne put a halt to the Malahide gallop in convincing style. The final will take place on Saturday week.

Last Friday, in the Moran Cup, there was very little to choose between the four semi-finalists. Mary's were at the wrong end of a 23--19 loss to Lansdowne -- their bogey team in recent years -- while, at the same time, Terenure were one-point winners over Old Belvedere.

Terenure were also winners by the narrowest of margins in the Winters Cup on Saturday, this time ending Lansdowne's challenge.

Barnhall's impressive record at this level continued at the weekend, when they disposed of UCD, while CYM's form came to an end at the hands of Clontarf.

In the Purcell Cup semis, UCD beat IT Carlow 19-16. They will meet Lansdowne in the final, who comfortably beat Wanderers.