Sunday 21 January 2018

Dynamic D'Arcy sets tone for Mary's

all-ireland league round-up

ST MARY'S secured a bonus point in their 24-12 Templeville Road victory over Shannon to go level on points with Clontarf at the top of the Division 1A table.

Man of the match Matt D'Arcy set the tone by scoring the opening try, which was converted by Ray Crotty, who then added a try to make it 12-0 at the break. Damien Hall and Marcus O'Driscoll added further tries in the second half, before Shannon managed tries from James Murphy and Conor Cunnane in the final quarter.

Young Munster maintained their title challenge with an exciting 21-15 derby victory over Garryowen at Tom Clifford Park, where a couple of tries from centre Andrew Burke proved decisive.

Lansdowne, with fit-again Craig Ronaldson resuming at out-half, moved back up to fourth after trouncing relegation-threatened Blackrock College 40-12 at Stradbrook. Flanker Jordi Murphy, a former Blackrock College schools star, scored a hat-trick of tries.

'Rock remain second from bottom, three points behind Shannon, who have a game in hand. Old Belvedere stay last after losing 17-16 to Dolphin at Musgrave Park.

Belfast Harlequins continue to lead Division 1B after securing a hard-earned 27-18 victory over bottom side UCC. It took a late penalty try to make certain of victory after Neil McComb and Miles O'Hagan had gone over for first-half tries.

Ballymena remain second, despite going down to a 31-28 defeat to UCD at Belfield. Full-back Roger McBurley scored a hat-trick of tries for the Ulster outfit, only to see UCC snatch a deserved dramatic victory with a late drop-goal from Niall Earls.

Bruff did their hopes of escaping relegation a power of good by defeating UL Bohemians 20-16 in Friday night's Limerick derby at Thomond Park.

Irish Independent

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