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Monday 23 April 2018

Mullane bags crucial try to rescue draw for Shannon


SHANNON remain in third spot in Division 1A behind new leaders Young Munster and second-placed Clontarf, following an exciting 18-18 draw with Old Belvedere at Coonagh.

Defending champions Belvo looked set for their first victory of the season when wing Peter Woods scored two tries to enable them to lead 18-8 at half-time.

However, Shannon hit back to level in the second half, left-wing Richie Mullane scoring the decisive try which Tadgh Bennett converted.

So, Old Belvedere stay bottom of the table without a win after five matches.

Blackrock continue to show an improvement, but they still went down 19-18 to St Mary's at Stradbrook, where the place-kicking of Gavin Dunne was again a key factor. He landed four penalties and also converted a try from Matthew D'Arcy.

St Mary's have now won three out of five outings -- as have Lansdowne following their 38-21 home success over struggling Dolphin. Lansdowne scored five tries through Dave Kearney, Jack O'Connell, Willie Walsh, Matt Healy and Nelius Keogh to claim a bonus point.

Buccaneers went top of Division 1B after a thrilling 24-17 home success over previous leaders Ballynahinch.

The Athlone-based side, who have now won five out of five, had to come from behind, with Shane Layden scoring the winning try seven minutes from the end.


Ballymena are third, despite being held to an 11-11 home draw by an improving UCD, who got level in the closing minutes with a try from Tom Fletcher.

Queen's lead the way in Division 2A on points difference from DLSP after both sides won on Saturday.

Stuart McIlwaine scored two of the Ulster students' five tries as they routed Terenure at Dub Lane with a 46-13 win.

De La Salle were too strong for Bective Rangers in an all-Dublin clash as but they failed to get a bonus point in a 29-12 win.

Trinity are third after their 28-10 win over Old Crescent; Old Wesley came up short in a thriller at Donnybrook as City of Derry pipped them 30-29; and Malone beat Corinthians 31-13.

Clonakilty remain bottom of the table after 39-32 defeat to Instonians at Shaw's Bridge, while fellow Cork club Midleton lost 42-15 to Seapoint.

In Division 2A, it's new boys Cashel who continue to blaze a trail in the senior game. They scored seven tries as they hammered Boyne 51-7.

Banbridge are two points back in second place after Brendan Ward scored a hat-trick in their 39-10 win over Naas, while Rainey beat struggling Wanderers 30-8 and Nenagh Ormond slipped to a first defeat of the season against Barnhall, who won 21-18 at home.

Irish Independent

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