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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Keeshan puts boot into Mary's title aspirations

Dolphin 12 St Mary's 8

Ail Division 1A round-up

St Mary's league hopes suffered a setback at Musgrave Park as Dolphin dented their title push with a deserved victory.

Two penalties from Barry Keeshan gave Dolphin a 6-0 interval lead. Mark Sexton closed the gap to a point early in the second half with a try for Mary's, but Keeshan replied with a drop goal and penalty for Dolphin for a 12-5 lead.

Ray Crotty kept the visitors in touch with a penalty to ensure the Dublin side got a losing bonus point.

Scorers -- Dolphin: B Keeshan 3 pens, drp gl. St Mary's College: M Sexton try, R Crotty pen

Cork Constitution 43

Blackrock 6

A Second-half performance that produced five tries saw Cork Constitution put themselves back in the league race with this victory.

Blackrock got off to a great start with a penalty from Darragh Fitzpatrick inside the opening minute, but the lead did not last long as Sean Scanlon went in for a try for the Temple Hill side and Gerry Hurley converted after seven minutes.

Fitzpatrick kicked a second penalty for the visitors on 15 minutes to leave it 7-6 at half-time.

It was all one-way traffic after the break with Scott Deasy and Ivan Dineen each scoring two tries and Robert Clune one for the home side. Gerry Hurley converted four of them and also added a penalty.

Scorers -- Cork Constitution: S Deasy, I Dineen 2 tries each, S Scanlon, C Clune tries, G Hurley 5 cons, pen. Blackrock College: D Fitzpatrick 2 pens

Garryowen 38

Lansdowne 11

Garryowen turned on the style at Dooradoyle when beating a greatly understrength Lansdowne.

They ran in five tries and swept into a 17-11 lead. Captain Mark Melbourne had the opening try after nine minutes which man-of-the-match Declan Cusack converted. He finished with a tally of 18 points with a try, penalty and five conversions. Ronan O'Mahony, Paul Neville and Lorcan Bourke also had Garryowen tries.

Lansdowne had a try by Matt Healy and Andy Geraghty kicked two penalties.

Scorers -- Garryowen: D Cusack try, pen, 5 cons; M Melbourne, R O'Mahony, P Neville, L Bourke try each. Lansdowne: M Healy try, A Geraghty 2 pens

Old Belvedere 13

Clontarf 25

Clontarf kept the pressure on St Mary's with a comfortable win at Old Belvedere yesterday.

Belvedere started well with a ninth-minute penalty by Eamonn Fitzgerald, but it was to be their only score of a disappointing first-half performance.

Clontarf's Frank Cogan took advantage of a lucky break of the ball to run in a try in the 25th minute, which was converted by Richie Lane.

At the end of the first half an attempted clearance by Belvedere failed to find touch, and from a break from the resulting lineout Clontarf's Killian Lett added a second try. Lane's conversion from near the sideline dropped well short.

Lane added two more penalties within 10 minutes of the restart to put the away side comfortably ahead.

Eddie Devitt then grabbed a much-needed Belvedere try after Danny Riordan had taken advantage of a gap in the Clontarf defence. However, the move of the match came in 70th minute as Clontarf's Barry O'Mahony ran half the length of the pitch to go in under the posts. Lane again easily converted.

Belvedere were rewarded for their persistence with a consolation Mark Cooney try, which Fitzgerald failed to convert.

Scorers -- Old Belvedere: E Fitzgerald, 1 pen; E Devitt try, M Cooney try. Clontarf: R Lane 2 cons, 2 pens; F Cogan try, K Lett try, B O'Mahony try

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