Dunne puts boot into St Mary's to gain revenge
St Mary's College 9
Old Belvedere 17
Old Belvedere opened their All-Ireland League campaign with a gutsy away win, gaining revenge on St Mary's for a defeat in last season's top-flight semi-final.
Player-coach Andy Dunne kicked a penalty and then winger Kieran Hurrell collected the game's opening try, which Dunne converted to power Belvedere to a 10-0 interval lead.
Phil Werahiko's charges had the match points within their grasp after flanker Richie Leyden broke through for a Dunne-converted try.
And in wet conditions, McCarthy opened the hosts' account with a penalty and replacement Ian McKinley added two more as last season's beaten finalists closed the gap to eight points.
Scorers -- St Mary's College: I McKinley 2 pens, S McCarthy pen. Old Belvedere: A Dunne, 1 pen, 2 cons, K Hurrell, R Leyden try each
St Mary's College: C McMahon; R Sweeney, J McGrath, G Logan, S
Bradshaw; C Ruddock, P Nash (c); D Hall, D Campbell, G Dunne, P Gillespie, M Sexton, S Grissing, D Hudson, P Brophy
Old Belvedere: V Soden; M Cooney, S Maguire, D Moore, A Trennier; R
Leyden, J Risdon; L Auva'a, S Keogh, A Dunne, D Mongan, G Walker, J Kennedy, K Hurrell, D Riordan
The inclusion of James Coughlan in the Munster side proved all the difference at Musgrave Park as he scored the game's only try to secure victory for Dolphin.
It was 10-3 at half-time, with Barry Keeshan converting the try and also kicking a penalty. Gareth Quinn-McDonogh kicked a penalty for the visitors.
The Shannon out-half kicked two further penalties after the break and Keeshan replied with a drop-goal and penalty.
Scorers -- Dolphin: J Coughlan try, B Keeshan 2 pens d-g, con. Shannon: G Quinn-McDonogh 3 pens
Dolphin: N Walley; D Barnes, B Dennehy, E Moloney, P Hurley; B Keeshan, T Parker; D Ryan, N Scanell, C Condon; C Roe, D O'Callaghan; R Allen, J Quill, J Coughlan
Shannon: M Lawlor; L O'Dea,R Mullane,M Kinsella, S Kelly; G Quinn-McDonogh, P Rowley; K O'Neill, D Casey, G McNamara; S Duggan, F Walsh; E McLoyghlin, P Butler, D Quinlan
Referee: L Colgan (IRFU)
Blackrock College 23
Cork Constitution 31
Reigning AIL champions Cork Constitution got their title defence off to a shaky start, needing a brace of late tries to claim a bonus-point victory over the hosts at Stradbrook Road yesterday.
The visitors trailed by 23-18 as the game entered the closing 20 minutes, after a stern third quarter by the hosts. Cork Constitution led by 18-13 at the break thanks to first-half tries from Darragh Lyons and captain Frank Cogan.
Blackrock turned a five-point interval deficit into a five-point lead within 18 minutes of the restart, with Niall Morris bagging a try and Rob Keogh slotting over two place kicks. But Con dug deep late on, with tries from Richie Lane and Stephen Archer in the closing 10 minutes ensuring an away win.
Scorers -- Blackrock College: A Dunlop, N Morris try each, R Keogh 3 cons, 2 pens. Cork Constitution: R Lane try, 3 pens, 1 con, D Lyons, F Cogan, S Archer try each
Blackrock College: N Morris; A Conway, B Macken, R Keogh, D Rowan; L Ellison (A McGinty h-t), C Crowley; J Barretto, C Culleton (R Fisher 59), K Cahill (B Prescott h-t), A Dunlop, D Dillon, M Noone, B Kelly, M Carroll (P Graham h-t)
Cork Constitution: S Scannell; R Lane, T Gleeson, S Zebo, C Healy; D Luons, D Williams; M Gatley (G Murray 64), R QUinn (M O'Leary 51), S Archer, B Hayes, I Nagle, B Holland, P O'Mahony, F Cogan.
Referee: S McDowell (IRFU)
Clontarf were full value for their three-try victory in rain-soaked conditions at Castle Avenue yesterday.
Ireland under 20 international Noel Reid showed great kicking prowess with three first-half penalties, along with a Sam Cronin try powering the hosts to a 14-6 advantage.
Brian Cahill kept Bruff in touch from penalty kicks, but Tarf were strongest throughout. Michael Keating and Eoin Ryan claimed second-half tries for the hosts, with captain Cathal O'Regan snatching a mere consolation try late on.
Scorers -- Clontarf: N Reid 3 pens, con, S Cronin, E Ryan, M Keating try each. Bruff: B Cahill 2 pens, C O'Regan try
Clontarf: C Kavanagh; A Dundon, N Treston (capt), B Reilly, B Gissing; E Cremin, B O'Mahony; M Garvey, S Cronin, N Reid, M McGrath, K Lett, E Ryan, M Keating, D O'Shea
Bruff: D Horan; C O' Regan (capt), S Foster, A Laffan, M O' Connell; J Shine, M Carroll, P Malone; E Maher, T Cahill, N Riordan, E Cahill, B Cahill, A Cashman, B Deady
Buccaneers built on a flying start to dent the prospects of newly promoted Lansdowne at Dubarry Park.
A David Connellan penalty followed by a Colin Watters try which Connellan converted all inside the first three minutes saw the home side lead by 8-0. Lansdowne recovered to lead at half-time by a point thanks to two Eoghan Hickey penalties followed by try from substitute Shane Gahan.
A Kolo Kiripati try after 55 minutes, which Connellan converted, restored Buccaneers' lead but on the stroke of full-time an unconverted try from Ross McCarron reduced the deficit to a point. Paul Harte sealed the home victory with an unconverted stoppage-time try.
Scorers -- Buccaneers: Harte, Kiripati, Watters try each; Connellan 2 cons, pen.
Lansdowne: Gahan, McCarron tries, Hickey 2 pens
Buccaneers: Staunton; Halligan, Higgins, De Burca, Tormey; Burke (Rooney 44), Watters; Kiripati, Connellan, Bennett (Kennedy 70), Touhy (O'Loughlin 64), Wynne, Harte, Monahan, Hayman
Lansdowne: Lyne; Sexton, O'Connell (Smyth 60), N Keogh, Sheriff; Earles, Horan (Murphy h-t); S Keogh, Cooney, Hickey, McCarron, Sheridan (Gahan 8), Lewis, O'Boyle, Kearney
Referee: T Collins (Munster)
UL Bohemians 13 Galwegians 14
UL Bohemians began life in the bottom tier of the top division but came up short against Galwegians at Thomond Park yesterday.
The visitors went in front after 13 minutes when John Cleary landed a penalty. But the home skipper Martin McPhail led by example when he got in for a try after 29 minutes which Stewart O'Flannagan converted, but he missed an easy penalty chance to increase the score early in the second half.
A try by David Clarke had Galwegians in front for the second time. Former Rothwell and Munster schools star JJ Hanrahan was the second-half substitute and he landed two penalties for the home side but Cleary had two more for the visitors.
Scorers -- UL Bohemians: M McPhail try, JJ Hanrahan 2 penalties, S O'Flannagan 1 con. Galwegians: D Clarke try, J Cleary 2 penalties
UL Bohemians: E Torre; C Aherne, M McPhail, M Kinsella (JJ Hanrahan 60), D Moroney; S O'Flannagan, C Sherlock; D Kilcoyne, E Rossiter, P O'Regan; M Feeley, D Forley; T O'Donnell, K O'Gorman, K Essex
Galwegians: J Cleary; L Bibo, C Conroy, D Clarke, D Fanning; R O'Shaunessy, R Dillon; R Loughrey, C Muldoon, J Stephens; D Nolan, B McLaren; D O'Hare, I Muldoon, C Cullanane
A late rally at the Mardyke saw Dungannon snatch two bonus points with a last-minute try from full-back Conor Gaston, which Paddy Jackson converted.
Dungannon opened the scoring with a penalty by Jackson but, a try by Olan Dennehy and a conversion and three penalties by Andrew Burke had the home side 16-15 ahead at the interval. Craig Gilroy scored a try for the visitors who were also awarded a penalty try and Jackson converted.
Tries by Willie Walsh and John Ryan both converted by Burke who also added a penalty secured the points for the home side. Gilroy scored a second try for Dungannon and Jackson converted.
Scorers -- UCC O: Dennehy, W Walsh, John Ryan tries, A Burke 3 cons, 4 pens.
Dungannon: C Gilroy 2 tries, C Gaston try, Pen try, P Jackson 3 cons, pen