Lane sends Clontarf to summit as late penalty steals victory
CLONTARF and Shannon head the Division 1A table following hard-earned victories over Young Munster and Cork Constitution respectively.
They are the only sides to have won their opening two games. Clontarf needed a late penalty from the former Cork Con wing Richie Lane to give them a 16-15 victory over Young Munster at Castle Avenue.
The only try came in the first half when Young Munster had hooker Ger Slattery in the sin-bin. Clontarf took advantage to score a penalty try, which Lane converted.
The wing also landed two further penalties. All of Young Munster's points came from the boot of Willie Staunton, who kicked five penalties.
Shannon came from 7-0 down to beat Con 14-10 at Temple Hill. Their try came from full-back Luke O'Dea, while Gareth Quinn-McDonagh kicked two penalties and Mossy Lawlor contributed a drop-goal.
Brian Hayes had given Con the lead with a try, converted by Gerry Hurley.
The other Cork club, Dolphin, had better luck as they saw off Blackrock College 17-10 at Musgrave Park.
Wings Cian Bohane and Kevin Brophy got tries, with Barry Keeshan kicking the remainder of the points. Blackrock are now bottom of the table with two defeats.
The final Division 1A game saw Lansdowne record a surprise 23-19 away success over St Mary's. Wing Cian Aherne and centre Sean Carey got their tries.
Ballynahinch top Division IB after two wins, plus a bonus point. They defeated Ulster rivals Belfast Harlequins 27-16 to stay in front of Buccaneers.
Buccs are on eight points after beating Ballymena 16-10 at Eaton Park. Dungannon are third, despite losing 12-5 to UL Bohemians at Annacotty.
Bruff got their campaign going by defeating Galwegians 21-12 at Killballyowen, as did UCD, who triumphed 23-16 against UCC at Belfield.