Dolphin turn on the style to stun derby rivals Con
DOLPHIN produced their best performance of the season to upset defending champions Cork Constitution 19-9 at Temple Hill.
It was a terrific victory, given that Cork Con had won their opening four league games. But they never got to grips with a Dolphin team determined to avenge last season's semi-final defeat.
Richie Lane landed an early penalty to give Con a 3-0 advantage but Dolphin led 9-6 at the interval through two penalties and a drop-goal from out-half Barry Keeshan.
Keeshan added a further penalty in the second half, before Eric Moloney got over for an all-important try. Lane scored Con's remaining points with two more penalties.
While Cork Con have lost top spot in the table and suddenly look vulnerable, St Mary's are getting better. Their 29-6 home victory over Garryowen was their third win in a row and keeps them up in the top three.
Tries from Darren Hudson and Mark Sexton, and the accurate goalkicking of Gavin Dunne (19 points), meant that they had matters well under control before half-time.
Elsewhere, Blackrock made sure it was a miserable day for the Limerick clubs by beating Young Munster 15-14 at Tom Clifford Park. Leinster's Ian Madigan was the hero, kicking five penalties. Limerick clubs now occupy the last three positions in the table, with Shannon in bottom spot behind Garryowen and Young Munster.
In Division 1B, Clontarf moved back to the top with an emphatic 27-8 bonus point success over UCC yesterday. Eoin Cremin, Barry O'Mahony, Michael Keating and Eoghan Browne crossed for tries with the rest of the points coming from the boot of Noel Reid.
Buccaneers continued their impressive start by trouncing UL Bohemian 26-3. Their tries came from Martin Reddan and Brian Tuohy.
Dungannon also continue to go well following a 21-18 home victory over Lansdowne. Paddy Jackson was once again their key figure, putting over a match-winning injury-time drop-goal. The Ulster side scored tries through Paul Magee and Mark Farquahar, with all of Lansdowne's points coming from the boot of Eoghan Hickey.
After a poor start, Bruff are rapidly moving up the table. They defeated Galwegians 22-11 at Crowley Park, Brian Cahill landing five penalties and converting Cathal O'Regan's try.
In Division 2, Ballynahinch and UCD continue to lead the way after maintaining their 100pc records. Adam D'Arcy scored five tries as 'Hinch ran in 10 in destroying Thomond 64-3, while the Students won 18-7 at Midleton.
Ballymena got back to winning ways to keep pace with the leaders, triumphing 35-16 at Clonakilty. Corinthians beat Malone 16-0 to leapfrog the Ulstermen into fourth, while Trinity beat Old Crescent 19-13 and Terenure and Queen's drew 15-15. Bective Rangers moved up to fourth with a 39-0 victory over DLSP.
In Division 3, leaders Instonians kept up their winning run with a 20-13 home victory over Naas. Seapoint's 21-9 win at Nenagh and City of Derry's 14-9 away win over Sunday's Well enabled them to keep the heat on the leaders. Banbridge won 38-15 at struggling Wanderers, while Greystones fell away at Rainey on a 28-22 scoreline and Ards beat Navan 28-25.