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Sunday 25 February 2018

Dolphin ease relegation fears

Division 1 Round-up

YOUNG MUNSTER just failed in their bid to move into third spot in Division 1A at Musgrave Park yesterday when Alan Kingsley saw an injury-time penalty come back off the post in the 13-12 defeat.

Dolphin's victory means that they will almost certainly avoid relegation and both Garryowen and Shannon will be condemned to Division 1B next weekend.

The Fins scored the only try through centre Eric Moloney towards the end of the first half and led 10-9 at the interval. Barry Keeshan kicked eight points. Kingsley replied with four penalties.

Garryowen kept their slim hopes of survival alive with a 13-3 win over Old Belvedere on Saturday at Dooradoyle.

The win moved Garryowen ahead of Shannon on points difference but, unless there's an unlikely series of results next weekend, both Limerick giants will be relegated.

Declan Cusack was the Garryowen hero, scoring a superb individual try, converting it, and landing two penalties. They travel to Young Munster for their final game.

Shannon, who host Dolphin, lost 25-21 to Blackrock at Stradbrook.

Blackrock led 22-6 at the interval, with Mick Noone (two) and Johnny Burretto crossing for tries. Shannon rallied, Luke O'Dea and Duncan Casey scoring tries, but had to settle for a losing bonus point.

Clontarf will take their place in the semi-finals as the winners of Division 1B, despite going down to a surprise 20-15 home defeat to UL Bohemians. The hosts led 15-7 at half-time, with tries from Martin Dufficy and Killian Lett. But UL Bohs responded with second-half tries from Ed Torrie and Dave Moloney, and some excellent goalkicking from JJ Hanrahan to snatch victory.

Lansdowne have moved into second place with a 26-17 win at lowly Bruff. Shane Gahan and John Cooney grabbed two tries each.

They are now ahead of Buccaneers on points difference. The Athlone side's dismal losing run continued with a 17-14 home loss to Dungannon.

Buccaneers had led 14-5 at the interval with tries from John O'Brien and Stephen Burke. The other Connacht side, Galwegians, continued their late winning run to move off the bottom by beating UCC 21-10 at the Mardyke. Bruff now find themselves propping up the table.

Irish Independent

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