Late Cusack kick earns Garryowen share of the spoils
AIL DIVISION 1A
Garryowen 11 Cork Con 11
A penalty from near the touchline with the last kick of the game by Declan Cusack gave Garryowen a share of the spoils after an entertaining contest at Dooradoyle.
Garryowen got off to a flying start with a try after only four minutes by full-back Lorcan Bourke and two minutes later they increased the lead when Cusack converted a penalty.
Former Garryowen scrum-half Gerry Hurley, making his league debut for the Cork side, kicked a penalty and despite the best efforts of both sides that remained the score at the interval. Brian Hayes then got in for a try to draw Con level. Six minutes from the end, a Hurley penalty put Con in front, but then came Cusack's dramatic late penalty to tie it all up.
Scorers -- Garryowen: L Burke 1 try, D Cusack 2 pens. Cork Constitution: B Hayes try, G Hurley 2 pens
BLACKROCK COL 18
ST MARY'S COL 21
St Mary's College leapfrogged the hosts to claim third spot thanks to a three-point win at Stradbrook Road yesterday.
In a titanic encounter it was two Gavin Dunne penalties that saw Mary's over the line.
They stormed into a 15-3 interval lead, with tries from Stephen Grissing and Ronan Doherty.
However, Blackrock came back into contention on the restart thanks to tries from Michael Noone and Des Dillon.
Scorers -- Blackrock College: R Keogh 2 pens, 1 con, M Noone, D Dillon try each. St Mary's College: G Dunne 3 pens, 1 con, S Grissing, R Doherty try each
Old Belvedere 18
A dramatic drop-goal on the stroke of full-time by Conal Keane earned leaders Old Belvedere the points at Musgrave Park to remain top.
Dolphin made a great start, racing into a 12-0 lead after 17 minutes when Paul Hurley and Niall Walley scored tries, with Barry Keeshan converting the second try.
The leaders hit back with Danny Riordan scoring a try and four minutes before the break Stuart Maguire got their second try, which Keane converted.
A 44-metre drop-goal from Keane then put Belvo ahead but Keeshan levelled three minutes later with a penalty, before Keane struck at the death.
Scorers -- Dolphin: P Hurley,N Walley try each, B Keeshan con, pen. Old Belvedere: D Riordan, S Maguire try each, C Keane con, 2 d-g
AIL Division 1B
Clontarf maintained top spot in Division 1B, thanks to a three-try victory over Lansdowne at Castle Avenue yesterday.
In icy conditions, the visitors dominated most of the early exchanges and were 11-0 to the good by the 24th thanks to Matt Healy's 15th-minute try and two Eoghan Hickey penalties.
Clontarf rallied before the break with a 40th-minute penalty try, a penalty and conversion, slotted over by Noel Reid, to cut the deficit to the minimum by the interval. A second Reid penalty edged the hosts ahead within four minutes of the restart and they maintained the lead until the finish, thanks to tries from Aaron Dundon and Ben Giffing.
Scorers -- Clontarf: N Reid 2 pens, 2 cons, A Dundon, B Giffing try each. Lansdowne: E Hickey 2 pens, 1 con, M Healy, C O'Boyle try each
Buccaneers edged out Connacht rivals Galwegians by four points at Dubarry Park.
Paul Harte got the only try of the game, which Adam Kennedy converted. David Connellan sealed victory with a late penalty.
Scorers -- Buccaneers: Harte try, Kennedy 2 pens, con, Connellan pen.
Galwegians: O'Beirn 4 pens
UL Bohemian 23
UCC had a welcome bonus-point victory at the Mardyke as UL Bohemian's promotion hopes received a major set back.
Tries by Brian O'Callaghan and Brian Slater and a penalty and two conversions by Andrew Burke gave the Cork students an early 17-0 lead.
Gavin Duffy extended the home side's lead with a try and skipper's James Ryan secured a bonus point with a try which Burke converted.
Scorers -- UCC: B O'Callaghan, B Slater, G Duffy, James Ryan tries, A Burke pen, 3 cons. UL Bohemian: E Rossiter,M McPhail, F Aherne tries, JJ Hanrahan 2 pens, con
Bruff ran out comfortable winners over Dungannon to earn the precious points for the home side
Bruff led 6-0 after 19 minutes thanks to a brace of penalties by Brian Cahill. Eoin Maher then raced clear for a try that Cahill converted.
Bruff had the final say with a penalty by Cahill six minutes from the end.
Scorers -- Bruff: E Maher, C O'Regan, try each, B Cahill 2 pens, 1 con, T Cahill 1 pen. Dungannon: J Telford, try, P Jackman 1 pen, 1 con