Tuesday 23 January 2018

Double dream still alive for Cork Con as Cogan try sees off Shannon

AIL round-up
Division 1A

CORK CONSTITUTION remain on course to add the AIB League title to the AIB Cup following a crucial 17-10 victory over an injury-hit Shannon at Temple Hill on Saturday. Shannon have dropped to third, a point behind St Mary's, with Dolphin a point behind them and Garryowen, in fifth spot, not out of the running.

Cork Con proved that they have strength in depth. They were able to cope without their players in the Munster squad, with someone of the calibre of Jeremy Manning returning to play a major role.

Manning landed three penalties and a drop goal, with Frank Cogan scoring a try. Dolphin remain in contention after beating UL Bohemian 32-14 at Thomond Park. Nor should anyone rule out Garryowen, who continued their surge up the table by edging out Clontarf 15-14 at Castle Avenue.

Old Belvedere and Young Munster are promoted from Division 1B following their away victories over Dungannon and UCC respectively. The question now is which one of them gets the top spot to go into the AIB League play-offs.

Division 1B

Old Belvedere are favourites. They remain two points clear after a 22-17 success over Dungannon. Young Munster had to fight a lot harder before edging third-placed UCC 14-12 at the Mardyke. Galwegians pipped Ballymena 17-16 at Crowley Park, while Buccaneers made it a miserable day for Ulster clubs by beating Ballynahinch 22-17.

Division Two

Lansdowne have blitzed most teams this season but it took just one Dave Hewitt kick to see them over the line as Aidan McCullen's side clinched promotion ahead of schedule with a 3-0 win over Highfield at the RDS.

The race to join them in Division 1B continues, with Bruff making the most of slip ups by DLSP, who lost 12-10 to Old Crescent, and Bective, who were beaten 16-14 at home to Clonakilty, by overcoming Old Wesley in yesterday's game.

Terenure have slim hopes after a 31-26 victory over bottom side Greystones, who look destined for relegation. Malone had a 22-5 win over Belfast Harlequins and Corinthians beat Thomond 23-15.

Division Three

Queens will be playing Division Two rugby next year after they hammered Wanderers 59-7 at Merrion Road.

Midleton's 22-15 defeat at Portadown means they'll have to wait until the next round to join them. Banbridge lost ground by going down 14-10 to Suttonians.

Defeat to Barnhall means Carlow look like dropping out of senior rugby, while there were wins for Naas, Rainey, Connemara and Ards.

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