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Friday 17 November 2017

Con take over in pole position

Ail Division 1A: Cork Constitution 23 Old Belvedere 12



Cork Constitution are back on top of Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League after a brilliant performance brushed aside leaders Old Belvedere at Temple Hill.

The home side got off to a great start with Gerry Hurley opening the scoring with a penalty. A try by Brian Hayes converted by Hurley made it 10-0. Denis Fogarty increased the home side's advantage with a second try and eight minutes before the break Danny Riordan scored a try for the visitors which Andy Dunne converted.

Constitution controlled the second half for long periods and Brian Hayes extended the lead with his second try, while Belvo's only response was a try from substitute David Gilchrist.

Scorers -- Cork Constitution: B Hayes 2 tries, D Fogarty try, G Hurley 2 pens, con. Old Belvedere: D Riordan, D Gilchrist tries, A Dunne con.

Blackrock 16

Dolphin 32

Dolphin captain Barry Keeshan led by example in Stradbrook as the Cork side climbed off the foot of the table by virtue of this win. The sweet-kicking Keeshan scored 22 points for Dolphin, who went in armed with a 13-6 interval lead courtesy of a Cian Bohane try.

Blackrock's Davie Rowan crossed for a try after the restart, but with Keeshan delivering a polished performance Dolphin were on top throughout. Danny Barnes grabbed their second try.

St Mary's College 13

Young Munster 11

A late drop-goal from substitute Gavin Dunne sealed an important win for St Mary's as they overcame their Limerick opponents at Templeville Road.

A try and conversion from outhalf Ian McKinley after six minutes put the hosts into a 7-0 lead, but scrumhalf Alan Kingsley struck back with a penalty for Young Munster before winger Aaron Carroll went over for the visitors.

A penalty from McKinley put Mary's back in front as they went into break leading 10-8. Kingsley's penalty 10 minutes after the break put Munsters 11-10 ahead, but late pressure set up Dunne's vital strike.

Scorers -- St Mary's: I McKinley try, 1 pen, 1 con; G Dunne dr-gl. Y. Munster: A Carroll try; A Kingsley 2 pens.

Division 1B

Clontarf 30

Galwegians 10

A smashing display yielded five tries and a vital bonus point as Bernard Jackman's Clontarf outfit maintained their promotion push.

'Tarf settled quickly and went in at the break armed with a commanding 17-3 advantage as Michael McGrath, Michael Keating, and Aaron Dundon crashed over.

Second-half tries from Barry O'Mahony, and Noel Reid completed the rout as Clontarf remain on top of Division 1B.

BUCCANEERS 35

BRUFF 8

A second-half scoring blitz powered Buccaneers to victory over Bruff at Dubarry Park.

The home side led by just two points at half-time as Adam Kennedy scored a penalty and converted a Garreth Halligan try, while Bruff replied with a Dermot Murnane try and a Brian Cahill penalty.

Buccaneers dominated the second half with 25 unanswered points. A drop goal from Jack Carty and a Kennedy penalty was followed by tries from Kolo Kiripati, John O'Brien and Conor Higgins as the home side also secured a bonus point.

Scorers -- Buccaneers: Halligan, Higgins, Kiripati and O'Brien tries; Kennedy 2 pens, 3 cons; Carty drop goal.

Bruff: Murnane try; B Cahill pen.

UCC 16

Lansdowne 11

UCC caused a big surprise at the Mardyke with a second-half rally to defeat promotion chasing Lansdowne.

Andrew Burke put the home side ahead with a penalty after three minutes. Eoghan Hickey levelled with a penalty for Lansdowne three minutes later and he put the visitors ahead with his second penalty on the stroke of half-time.

David Hewitt extended the Dublin side's advantage with a try. Skipper James Ryan put College back into the game with a try which Burke converted. Burke added a penalty and a drop goal by Johnny Holland secured the points for UCC.

Scorers -- UCC: J Ryan try, A Burke 2 pens, con, J Holland drp gl. Lansdowne: D Hewitt try, E Hickey 2 pens.

UL Bohemian 32

Dungannon 22

UL Bohemian had a four-try bonus-point win over Dungannon at Annacotty in a high-scoring tie in which the home side led 25-10 at half-time.

Darren Moroney put them on their way with a try which JJ Hanrahan converted and Martin McPhail had another try which Hanrahan again converted to make it 14-0 inside as many minutes. Adam Fry had a Dungannon try which Michael Lawton converted. But the outstanding David Kilcoyne had a third try before the break.

Dungannon fared better on the resumption and had a try by Adam Brady but David Moloney sealed the bonus.

Scorers -- UL Bohemian: D Moroney, M McPhail, D Kilcoyne, D Moloney, try each; JJ Hanrahan, 2 pens, 3 cons. Dungannon: A Fry, A Brady, C Gaston try each; M Lawton 1 pen 2 cons.

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