Sunday 18 August 2019

Taylor shines brightest as UCC make light work of Wesley

'Cork Con's 28-13 Division 1A final win over Clontarf at the Aviva Stadium was a fitting end to the season' (stock photo)
'Cork Con's 28-13 Division 1A final win over Clontarf at the Aviva Stadium was a fitting end to the season' (stock photo)

Last weekend saw Cork Constitution capture the All-Ireland League trophy for a sixth time, with UCC retaining their Division 1A status thanks to a big win over Old Wesley.

A last-minute drop-goal also earned Munster Juniors a 33-31 away win over Ulster at Ballyclare.

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Cork Con's 28-13 Division 1A final win over Clontarf at the Aviva Stadium was a fitting end to the season.

Con's first attack produced a great try, with a break by Seán French setting up Shane Daly for the score.

Clontarf opened their account with a David Joyce penalty after Alex McHenry was sent to the sin-bin.

The Dublin side were rocked when man of the match Rob Jermyn cut through the Clontarf defence to score and Aidan Moynihan's conversion made it 14-3.

Clontarf hit back when Matt D'Arcy barged over and Joyce converted to leave it 14-10 at half-time.

A brilliant Duncan Williams try moved Cork Con further in front after the break, while three more Moynihan penalties saw Con run out worthy winners.

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A superb performance by UCC saw them brush aside Old Wesley 41-19 in a thrilling contest at the Mardyke.

The hero for UCC was out-half James Taylor, who kicked 21 points.

A drop-goal from Ben Ridgeway in added time earned Munster Juniors a 33-31 win against leaders Ulster at Ballyclare to get back in the Interpro championship race.

Tries from Derry O'Connor, Olan Crowley (2) and Ridgeway along with two Ridgeway conversions earned Munster a bonus point as they led 24-7 at half-time.

But Ulster rallied and a fourth try approaching 80 minutes saw the home side lead 31-30.

Ridgeway's late drop-goal, though, sealed victory.

Connacht defeated Leinster 33-31, so all four provinces are in contention for the title.

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