Clontarf maintain play-off push with win over Terenure
Clontarf 16 Terenure College 11
Liam Og Murphy was the hero in Castle Avenue yesterday, as defending champions Clontarf maintained their play-off push with a hard-fought success over second-place Terenure College.
‘Tarf’s David Joyce and Mark O’Neill of Terenure had swapped early penalties, before a Robert Duke try moved the visiting team into the ascendancy of 25 minutes.
‘Tarf didn’t panic, though, and thanks to a brace of penalties from Joyce, they developed a slender 9-8 interval cushion. In a scrappy encounter, ‘Nure moved back in front with an expertly-converted penalty from replacement James Thornton upon the resumption, but thanks to Murphy’s five-pointer, it was the hosts who emerged with the spoils.
St Mary’s College 32 Ballynahinch 25
Prop Brian McGovern came to the rescue of St Mary’s College at Templeville Road yesterday, when his 65th minute try helped the Templeogue outfit to edge an exciting top-flight encounter with Ballynahinch. The visitors made a bright start to the contest with a well-worked ninth-minute try from winger Ross Adair, but Mary’s subsequently assumed control of the proceedings with five-pointers of their own
A stoppage-time try by ‘Hinch centre Stuart Morrow reduced the Mary’s lead to 12 points (22-10) in time for the break, though, and with the help of touchdowns from Aaron Cairns and lock John Donnan, they had restored parity 17 minutes into the second period.
This left the game delicately poised heading into the final quarter, but it was McGovern who ultimately decided the contest 15 minutes from time.
Young Munster 3 Cork Constitution 6
Neither side could manage a try in this typical Munster derby at Clifford Park and Young Munster will regret that they fluffed two penalty chances.
Darragh Lyons kicked Cork Con in front three minutes into the second half but Gearoid Lyons was on target for Young Munster after 20 minutes. Substitute Thomas Quinlan kicked the winning penalty.
Dolphin 13 Old Belvedere 3
Dolphin kept their hope alive of staying in the top division with a deserved win at Irish Independent Park.
A try from Cian McGovern and a conversion and penalty from Ruairi Scannell had them 10-0 up at the break. Scannell extended the lead and Stevie Crosbie kicked a penalty for the visitors.
UCD 38 Lansdowne 31
A strong final-quarter charge helped UCD towards a surprise victory at Belfield yesterday, but with two points garnered from the contest, Lansdowne extended their lead at the summit of the table to eight points.
Lansdowne had started promisingly with a Brian Moylett try, but UCD kicked into gear with unanswered five-ponters by Bobby Holland, Adam Byrne and Sam Coghlan Murray. However, the visitors ultimately led 24-15 at the midway point courtesy of tries from Ian Fitzpatrick and Tom Farrell.
UCD reduced their deficit to two with a well-worked score, but Lansdowne looked set for their 12th triumph of the campaign when they were awarded a penalty try. The Students had other ideas, however, with Ireland U20 star Joey Carberry contributing two tries from the bench.