Monday 11 December 2017

Desmond try not enough for Cork Con as they lose ground

Declan Rooney

Cork Con lost ground on the leaders at the top of Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League as seven David Joyce penalties gave Clontarf a double-score victory over their Cork hosts.

A second-half try from Max McFarland helped Clontarf to a 26-13 win, with Conor Desmond's score in reply the only solace for Cork Con.

The other big provincial winner last weekend was Young Munster, who emerged victorious from the Cork-Limerick derby against Dolphin, with Brian Hough and Kolio Hifo tries giving the Cookies an 18-7 win. This saw Young Munster leapfrog both Cork sides and UCD into third place in the standings.

And the wait goes on for a first win for last year's runner-up Garryowen after they slumped to another loss, this time by 18-6 away to Ballynahinch. Jamie Gavin kicked two penalties for the Limerick men, but they will need to pick up points quickly after a sixth straight defeat.

Division 1B leaders Terenure had little trouble in retaining their lead at the top after two Shane Donovan tries saw them pick up a 25-17 win over Shannon. David Quinlan and Conor Glynn touched down for the Coonagh men.

A John Burns try saw Corinthians keep pace with the Dubliners after a hard fought 13-10 win over UL Bohs at Anacotty, but a brace of tries from Adrian Enwright will please the Students.

In Division 2A, UCC climbed up to eighth in the standings after a 39-20 win over Rainey Old Boys, while Cashel and Old Crescent went in the opposite direction after defeats to Bective Rangers and City of Derry respectively.

And the tales of woe continue for Bruff and Highfield, with both sides still searching for first victories after more than 40-point losses at the hands of Galwegians and Old Wesley.

in Division 2B Nenagh Ormond continue to set the pace after a 20-8 win over Instonians, while Midleton and Thomond both moved into the promotion chase after wins over Richmond and Navan. Victory over Suttonians gave Sunday's Well their first win.

Irish Independent

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