Friday 19 January 2018

Young Munster slip to fourth as Clontarf plunder points

Clontarf's Mick Kearney, Young Munster v Clontarf
Clontarf's Mick Kearney, Young Munster v Clontarf

Declan Rooney

Young Munster were unable to take anything from their home clash with Clontarf as the ruthless league leaders took a convincing 26-9 victory from Tom Clifford Park.

Sam Cronin and David Joyce both touched down for Clontarf, who were also awarded a penalty try – all of which arrived in the second half. That defeat drops Young Munster to fourth, while defending champions Lansdowne move up one spot after their 13-9 win over Garryowen.

A penalty try helped Lansdowne to a 10-3 lead at the break and despite recently recruiting former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan as an adviser, Garryowen were unable to claim a first win of the season as three Alan Gaughan penalties was their sole reward.

Cork Con stayed in the mix with a 14-6 home win against UCD. Full-back Chris Quinn got the decisive try in the opening period as two James Thornton penalties was all the Students could muster.

Dolphin gave themselves a more comfortable cushion in the bottom half of the table with their second away win of the season – a 13-0 victory against Ballynahinch.

A first-half penalty try and three successful kicks from Barry Keeshan gave the Cork side the win.

In Division 1B, table toppers Terenure College continued on their unbeaten run with a 15-6 win over UL Bohs thanks to a hat-trick from James O'Neill, while Shannon's tussle away to Blackrock College was abandoned due to an injury sustained by Munster back-row Paddy Butler – thankfully, it proved not to be too serious.

In Division 2A Cashel beat Ballymena 8-7, Highfield defeated Seapoint 15-10, while a 26-15 win over Naas gave Bruff their first good news of the season.

Nenagh Ormond dropped their first points of the campaign with their 15-15 draw against Navan but they still managed to stretch their lead at the top after Thomond beat second-placed Greystones 16-3, a win that sees them pull to within eight points of the Tipperary men.

Richmond edged past Sundays Well 13-7, while Midleton's 11-6 victory over Instonians lifts them to 11th.

Irish Independent

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