Friday 23 February 2018

AIL Round-up: Gaughan gives Garryowen platform for repeat success

Cork Constitution 9 Garryowen 13


Garryowen repeated their Cup success earlier in the season with another victory at Temple Hill. In a closely fought opening half, a try by Alan Gaughan on the stroke of half time converted by Fergal Lawlor had Garryowen 7-0 ahead at the break.

Gerry Hurley kicked a penalty 10 minutes into the second half but Lawlor and Gaughan replied with penalties shortly after, before two late penalties by Hurley secured a losing bonus point for the home side.

Scorers -- Cork Constitution: G Hurley 3 pens. Garryowen: A Gaughan try, pen, F Lawlor con, pen



A terrific first-half performance from St Mary's proved decisive in Templeville Road in their second league victory of the season.

Mary's started the game brightly and the pressure paid off when winger Ronan Doherty received the ball at the end of a sweeping move to touch down in the right-corner.

Mary's increased their lead to six when Gavin Dunne made up for his conversion miss by slotting a penalty between the posts 10 minutes in.

Dolphin did start to come into the game as the half wore on, but Mary's second try arrived four minutes before the break, when a penalty try was given moments after prop Gavin Duffy had been sent to the sin-bin.

Dunne was on hand to convert to give Mary's a handsome 15-0 advantage with them into the second period. The Limerick men responded well after the break, as Cian Bohane forced a penalty try when he was impeded. Out-half Barry Keeshan converted yet, despite have plenty of territorial possession, they couldn't breach the Mary's defence any further.

Scorers -- St Mary's College: G Dunne pen, con, penalty try, R Doherty try. Dolphin: pen try, B Keeshan con.

Young Munster 9

Shannon 3

Young Munster won the bragging rights from this teak-tough derby against Shannon at Tom Clifford Park. Backed by the strong breeze Young Munster led as early as the third minute when Willie Staunton dropped a goal. He doubled the score after six minutes when he landed a penalty.

Garret Quinn McDonagh had a Shannon penalty after eight minutes. Young Munster had hooker Ger Slattery sent off with a straight red for throwing a punch at Stephen Keogh.

The only second half score was another penalty by Staunton.

Scorers -- Young Munster: W Staunton 2 pens, 1 d-g. Shannon: G Quinn McDonagh pen.

UL-Bohemian 8

Buccaneers 12

A try by Martin Staunton, converted by Adam Kennedy, 14 minutes into the second half made all the difference at Annacotty. JJ Hanrahan kicked an early penalty for UL-Bohs but a try by full-back John O'Brien had the visitors in front after Cathal Sheridan was sinbinned for the home side. A superb try by Darren Moroney who rounded off a move started inside his own '22' had UL-Bohs 8-5 in front at the interval. But Staunton's try clinched it for Buccaneers.

Scorers -- UL Bohemian: D Moroney try, JJ Hanrahan pen. Buccaneers: M Staunton, J O'Brien try each, A Kennedy 1 con

UCD 21


Niall Earls was a huge factor in the deciding the winner of this contest in Belfield, as UCD had 13 points to spare over a well-drilled Bruff side.

The Students took the lead courtesy of a third minute penalty from Earls. Bruff were proving to be a hard nut to crack, but relentless pressure from UCD eventually paid off, as Andy Doyle got through for the first try of the game.

Earls was narrowly off target with the subsequent conversion, but he was able to find the distance in the closing stages of the opening period, when he converted with ease following David McSharry's superb individual try.

This gave the Students a comfortable 18-0 advantage heading into the second period.

John Shine crossed the line for Bruff then at the beginning of the second half and a penalty from Brian Cahill gave them hope. A third penalty from Earls close it out though.

Scorers -- UCD: N Earls 3 pens, 1 con, A Boyle, D McSharry try each. Bruff: J Shine try, B Cahill pen.

Ballynahinch 31

UCC 11

Ballynahinch with another good victory remain the league leaders with a bonus point success over lowly UCC at Ballymacarn Park.

There were five yellow cards issued, but it was really only in the second half that Hinch showed their dominance. They dominated up front and Davy Nicholson's try just before half-time came at the right moment for the home side to dictate the pattern of play in the second period.

Scorers -- Ballynahinch: A Ferris 2 tries, D Nicholson 1 try, J Simpson 1 try, W Faloon 1 try, J Lash 3 cons). UCC: B Slater 1 try, B Kingston 2 pens

Belfast Harlequins 15

Dungannon 27

Dungannon, after their disappointing but narrow loss to Ballymena last week in the Ulster Senior Cup, proved they were much too strong for Belfast Harlequins in this league encounter at Deramore Park.

The Dungannon pack were much the better in the first half and created plenty of possession for their talented three-quarters. They were 20-3 in front at the halfway stage and although Quins came back towards the close, the visitors were in control most of the time.

They gained a vital bonus point with four excellent tries, which gives them a 50 per cent record with two victories from their four outings.

Scorers -- Harlequins: A Heatley 1 try, M Ferguson 1 try, J Shiels 1 pen, I Porter 1 con.

Dungannon: C Farrell 1 try, P Nelson 1 try, C Cochrane 1 try, M Farquahar 1 try, P Jackson 1 pen, 2 cons

Ballymena 32

Galwegians 19

There was little entertaining rugby but a bonus point victory for Ballymena moved them up the league table against Galwegians lying pointless at the bottom.

John Semple, only playing his second game after a broken leg, was the home team's star player with 17 points which included a try, two penalties and three conversions. The Eaton Park team went seven points in arrears but came back to take a 17-7 advantage at the interval.

They increased this just after the restart and although the Connacht team fought back to reduce the arrears to six, a late try gave Ballymena a deserved success.

Scorers -- Ballymena: A Fraser 1 try, R Andrew 1 try, S Mulholland 1 try, J Semple 1 try, 2 pens, 3 cons

Galwegians: D O'Hara 1 try B Murphy 1 try, J Stevens 1 try, T Leader 2 cons

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