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AIL division 1 round-up: Garryowen get off the mark in impressive style

Garryowen 45 Dolphin 27

Garryowen had their first win of the campaign when they turned on the style against Dolphin at Dooradoyle.

Garryowen got off to a dream start when Ronan O'Mahony crossed for a try as the Limerick side marked their first win with six tries as they outclassed Dolphin. By half time Garryowen led 19-12 with Ian Hanley and Robert Meyer getting the other tries.

Barry Keesham kicked three penalties and dropped a goal to have it 19-12 at the break.They were level at 19-19 and 22-22 before Garryowen finished with tries by Frank McKenna, David Sherry and O'Mahony's second. Declan Cusack kicked four penalties and three conversions.

Scorers -- Garryowen: R O'Mahony 2 tries, I Hanley, R Meyer, F McKenna, D Sherry try each, D Cusack 4 pens, 3 cons. Dolphin: B Dennehy, T Parker try each, B Keesham 4 pens, 1 d-g, 1 con.

Cork Constitution 32 Young Munster 19

The meeting of the only two sides unbeaten in the division meant that something had to give at Temple Hill, as the home side collected maximum points to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Two tries from Brian Hayes had Constitution 12-6 ahead at half-time with Richard Lane converting one. Alan Kingsley replied with two penalties for the visitors.

Simon Zebo, Peter O'Mahony and Richard Lane added further tries with Lane converting his own try and also landing a penalty.

Kingsley did keep Young Munster in touch with a conversion of a try by Matthew Costelloe and a drop-goal and penalty.

Scorers -- Cork Constitution: R Lane try, 2 cons, 1 pen, B Hayes 2 tries, S Zebo, P O'Mahony 1 try each, Young Munster: M Costelloe try, A Kinsley 3 pens, 1 d-g, 1 con.

Blackrock College 20 Old Belvedere 29

Old Belvedere came within three points of league leaders Cork Constitution thanks to a four-try win over Blackrock College at Stradbrook Road.

In a titanic tussle Blackrock led by 10-3 at half-time, with Brendan Macken bagging the lone try of the opening half.

The game opened up as a contest on the restart, with Richie Leyden claiming two second-half tries, while Alan Trenier and Dave Mongan also claimed vital five-pointers in the closing 40 minutes.

Scorers -- Blackrock College: B Macken, M Carroll try each; I Madigan 2 pens, 2 cons. Old Belvedere: R Leyden 2 tries, A Trenier, D Mongan try each, C Keane 1 pen, 3 cons.

St Mary's College 53 Shannon 0

St Mary's College were in superb form as they cruised to a comfortable win at Templeville Road. Visitors Shannon were simply overawed by the home side, who led by 34-0 at the interval and failed to ease up on the restart.

Former Ireland Under-20 International Darren Hudson was one of Mary's main heroes as he bagged four tries.

Scorers -- St Marys College: D Hudson 4 tries, D Campbell, R Sweeney, H Hogan, R Doherty, try each, S McCarthy 3 cons, 1 pen, I McKinley 2 cons.

Division 1B

UL-Bohemian 19 Lansdowne 9

Munster and Ireland 'A' player, Barry Murphy, made a welcome return to action after a lengthy spell of injury and played a crucial part in the win by UL-Bohemian at Annacotty.

Murphy went in at half-time to replace Ed Torrie and it was his intercept on halfway which clinched the win as he raced in for a spectacular score which JJ Hanrahan converted.

Persistent pressure eventually paid off for the home side when centre David Moloney got in for a try but JJ Hanrahan's conversion effort came back off the upright. That was after 14 minutes and five minutes later Eoghan Hickey kicked a penalty for Lansdowne.

An attempted clearance by Lansdowne was charged down by Kieran Essex after 24 minutes and the ball bounced into the hands of Tommy O'Donnell who went over untouched. This time Hanrahan landed the conversion but the game was still there for either side when Hickey landed a second penalty to make it 12-6 at the interval.

All a disappointing Lansdowne could manage in the second half was a third penalty by Hickey.

Scorers -- UL-Bohemian D Moloney, T O'Donnell, B Murphy try each, JJ Hanrahan 2 cons. Lansdowne: Hickey 3 pens.

UCC 13 Bruff 15

A first brace of points for newly promoted Bruff at the Mardyke as a late rally saw them snatch victory.

Playing with the wind Bruff dominated territorially and two penalties from Brian Cahill had the visitors 6-0 ahead at the interval.

The students came out a changed side after the break and some excellent running moves saw skipper James Ryan and Brian Derham score tries to take the lead after six minutes. Cahill and Andrew Burke exchanged penalties to leave it 13-9 with 10 minutes to go and two penalties by Cahill sent the large county Limerick following home happy.

Scorers -- UCC: J Ryan, B Derham try each, A Burke pen. Bruff: B Cahill 5 pens.

Galwegians 25 Dungannon 26

Dungannon got back to winning ways in an entertaining, free-flowing clash in perfect conditions against Galwegians in Crowley Park.

The visitors out-scored the home side three tries to one in the first half which gave them a commanding 10-point half-time lead.

The game's opening try came when hooker Adam Duhig finished off a creative move instigated by Chris Cochrane. Paddy Jackson converted.

The home response came from a John Cleary penalty but Dungannon responded with a second try on 22 minutes from openside flanker Rowan Halsall, who had plenty to do against three defenders.

Galwegians bounced back on 25 minutes with prolific winger John Cleary scoring the try and converting but outhalf Jackson extended the visitors lead to eight points with a penalty before their third try of the half from Graig Gilroy.

Dungannon extended their lead with a Jackson penalty but two tries from replacement prop Ja Naughton including one deep in injury-time made for late drama as Cleary's attempted conversion from the sideline drifted just wide.

Scorers -- Galwegians: J Cleary try, 2 cons, 2 pens, J Naughton 2 tries. Dungannon: R Halsall, A Duhig, C Gilroy 1 try each, P Jackson 3 pens, 1 con.

Clontarf 25 Buccaneers 15

Clontarf maintained their unbeaten record to stay top of the AIL Division 1B thanks to a hard-earned 10-point win over Buccaneers at Castle Avenue.

Clontarf led by 11-3 at half-time, but were forced to withstand a strong second-half comeback by the visitors.

Shane Monahan and John O'Brien brought Buccaneers into contention with second-half tries, but Clontarf's experience shone through.

Tries from Michael Keating, Aaron Dundon and Michael Kearney along with the strong kicking of Noel Reid ensured a home victory.

Scorers -- Clontarf: M Keating, A Dundon, M Kearney try each, N Reid 2 cons, pen, d-g. Buccaneers: S Monahan, J O'Brien try each, D Connellan pen, con.

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