Wednesday 21 February 2018

Haugh kicks Cookies into third spot

Brian Haugh's three penalties proved the difference between the sides
Brian Haugh's three penalties proved the difference between the sides

Declan Rooney

In the first AIL action of the new year, Young Munster moved up to third place in the division 1A standings behind leaders Clontarf after a 16-10 victory against Cork Con at Temple Hill.

Back-row Colin Liston nabbed a crucial try late on for the Cookies after Conor Desmond crossed for Con in the second minute.

Johnny Holland was on target for Con with a penalty and a conversion, but Brian Haugh's three penalties proved the difference between the sides.

Second-placed Old Belvedere remain just a point off the top after tries from Steve Crosbie, Peter Robb and Jack Conan gave them a 22-10 away win against Dolphin -- Darren Sweetnam and John Quill both scored tries for the Cork men.

Garryowen's fortunes have not changed in the new year, with two Darren Hudson tries helping St Mary's beat them 24-15 and condemn them to a ninth straight defeat.

In division 1B, UL Bohemian edged out Blackrock College 24-21 in Stradbook, but the away side deservedly earned a bonus point with Davy Rowan's late try.

Eoin Sweeney crossed twice for the visitors, with John Sutton and Sam Sterling also touching down, while the hosts scored three tries of their own through Mick Carroll, Jann Simon-Byrne and Davy Rowan.

The first games of 2014 will be played this weekend in the lower ond divisions -- there is no top-flight action because of the Heineken Cup. The Division 2A meeting of UCC and Cashel at the Mardyke is a cracker to get the year up and running.

Bruff face a tricky home tie against leaders Galwegians, while Old Crescent welcome Highfield to Limerick for a basement battle, with points vital for both sides.

In division 2B, table-toppers Nenagh Ormond face the long journey to Sligo RFC in a bid to get their year off to a winning start, while promotion chasing Thomond go to Skerries for their first 2014 opener.

Elsewhere, Richmond take on Ards, while Sunday's Well welcome De La Salle Palmerston to Musgrave Park and Midleton travel to Tullamore.

All games kick-off at 2.30 tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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