Thursday 26 April 2018

In Brief: Holland clinches it for Con

Cork Constitution 21
Young Munster 20

AIL Division1A and Division 1B results

A dramatic injury-time conversion from the sideline by outhalf Johnny Holland ended Young Munster's unbeaten start. The sides traded tries in the first half as Munster took an 8-7 interval lead.

Two Brian Haugh penalties extended the Limerick side's advantage but a try by Ivan Dineen converted by Holland had the sides level. Haugh made it 20-14 with two further penalties and five minutes into injury-time Dineen got in at the corner.

Clontarf 35

UL Bohemian 10

Despite a good start, UL Bohemian failed to mount any real challenge at Castle Avenue yesterday, as Clontarf easily defeated their visitors.

Mossy Lawlor was over the line with less than a minute played but at the break, Clontarf led by six points thanks to two Lane penalties. The second half was one-way traffic as Mick McGrath, Dermot O'Meara, Tim McCoy and captain Evan McGrath all touched down for the hosts.

Garryowen 34

Old Belvedere 15

Flanker Barry O'Mahony was the star as Garryowen made it three wins from as many starts. He scored three of their tries in a runaway win against a disappointing Old Belvedere at Dooradoyle.

Conan Doyle put the home side on their way with an early try, converted by Jamie Gavin who also converted the first of O'Mahony's tries for 14-0. Danny Riordan and Jonathan Slattery had second-half tries for the visitors, one of which Stephen Crosbie converted and he also kicked a penalty.

Shannon 13

Dolphin 31

Shannon's poor start continued when they went under to Dolphin at Coonagh. Flyhalf Brendan Keeshan was top scorer for the Cork side who led 14-6 at the interval after being awarded a penalty try on seven minutes and Rob O'Herlihy had another after 21 minutes.

Rob Guerin had an early penalty for Shannon who got to within four points of the visitors 16 minutes into the second half thanks to a try by James Loxton before the visitors pulled away helped by a Christy Condon try.

A 14-point haul from Chris Quinn was crucial at the Belfield Bowl, as Ballynahinch continued their excellent start in a hard-fought 24-13 win over UCD. The home side had enjoyed a seven-point lead in the first half, but a penalty try and a well-worked touchdown from Chris Napier sealed victory for the visitors.

Despite an improved performance, Ballymena once again came up short in College Park, as Dublin University triumphed 25-11. Tries from Martin Kelly, Niyi Adeolukun and Ariel Robles ensured victory.

Malone clinched five points for the third time, overwhelming Bruff 46-3 at Gibson Park to move to top the table, leapfrogging UCD. The Belfast side should have won by a greater margin but gave away far too many scrummaging penalties.

Belfast Harlequins bounced back after two straight defeats with a 27-19 victory over Blackrock at Deramore Park. Outhalf Stuart Olding had a big influence, contributing an excellent try.

Dungannon recorded their first win of the season with a 26-6 defeat of Buccaneers at Dubarry Park. The visitors led with tries from Jaryd Bennett, Steven and Glen Sinnamon. Callum Boland and David Heffernan tries reduced the deficit but a bonus point was secured with an Ali Birch try.

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