Wednesday 17 January 2018

Cork Con stretch unbeaten run to pull clear at top

AIL round-up

Kieran Rooney

HOLDERS Cork Constitution continued their impressive start to their Division 1A campaign by collecting a bonus point in their 32-19 Temple Hill success over Young Munster.

They are now three points clear at the top of the table and the only remaining unbeaten side.

Young Munster had won their opening two games, but they were unable to stop Cork Con scoring five tries through Brian Hayes (with two), Simon Zebo, Peter O'Mahony and Richard Lane. Wing Lane added two conversions.

Young Munster could only manage one try from Matthew Costelloe, with the rest of their points coming from the boot of Alan Kingsley.

Old Belvedere bounced back from their defeat to Cork Con last time out to move into second place with a 29-20 victory over Blackrock College at Stradbrook. Blackrock led for much of the game but, not for the first time this season, faded in the final quarter.

Belvo took full advantage to finish with four tries from Richie Leyden (two), Alan Trenier and Dave Mongan. Once again, the efforts of the talented Old Belvedere back-row were vital.

Garryowen came off the bottom of the table, above Blackrock, by trouncing Dolphin 45-27 at Dooradoyle. Ronan O'Mahony scored two of Garryowen's six tries as they recorded their first win of the season.

In Division 1B, Clontarf continue to lead the way following a hard-earned 25-15 Castle Avenue success over Buccaneers. Michael Keating, Aaron Dundon and Michael Kearney scored Contarf's tries.

UL Bohemians have moved into second place by beating Lansdowne 19-9 at Annacotty. The introduction of Munster's Barry Murphy at half-time after a spell out through injury proved crucial. Murphy showed he is in good health by scoring a spectacular intercept try. Lansdowne, having scored 61 points against UCC in their last outing, could not manage a try.

Elsewhere, Bruff recorded their first victory of the campaign by edging out UCC 15-13 at the Mardyke, and Dungannon got the better of Galwegians 26-15 at Crowley Park.

Irish Independent

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