O'Flynn helps Dolphin glide past Mary's
St Mary's College 13
Mary's hopes of reaching the semi-finals suffered a big setback with this result, which puts Dolphin back into the frame for a top-three finish.
Young Cormac O'Flynn was Dolphin's hero as he slotted over seven penalties to give his side a win after a few miserable weeks.
The home side led 12-10 at half-time, Dara Fanning scoring a try for the visitors and Gavin Dunne converting. Dunne also added a penalty in each half.
Scorers -- Dolphin: C O'Flynn 7 pens. St Mary's College: D Fanning try, G Dunne con, 2 pens
Dolphin: N O'Driscoll; R Kenneally, D Barnes, E Moloney, P Hurley; C O'Flynn,S Cronin; D Ryan, T O'Callaghan, J Brugnaut; C Roe, K O'Dwyer; G Finn, B O'Mahony,J Coughlan
St Mary's College: G Dunne; R Doherty, S Grissling, P Brophy, F Fannin; S McCarthy, C Quinn; D Kilbride, J McGrath; G Logan, R Copeland; D Hall, H Hogan, B O'Flannigan
TadgH Bennett was the match-winning hero for Shannon, who led 6-5 in the local derby at Thomond Park.
Bennett kicked two penalties inside 20 minutes but a try by Danny Riordan had UL-Bohemian back in contention.
Shannon went further in front with a try by Fionn McLoughlin but Fergal Lawler with a penalty and a drop goal made it all square at 11-11.
A penalty and a drop goal by Bennett ensured Shannon victory.
Scorers -- Shannon: F O'Loughlin try, T Bennett 3 pens, 1 dp-gl. Ul-Bohemian: D Riordan try, F Lawler 1 pen, 1 dgl
Shannon: D O'Donovan; R Mullane, F McLoughlin, M Lawler, S Kelly; T Bennett, R Guerin; M Horan, J Flannery, G McNamara; P O'Brien, D Ryan; P Butler, E Grace, D Quinlan.
UL-Bohemian: E Torrie; M McPhail, D O'Riordan, D Kelly, D Moloney; F Lawler, C Sheridan; D Kilcoyne, S henry, M Storey; E Kelly, D Foley; C O'Gorman, T O'Donnell, K Essex
Referee: P Haycock (IRFU)
Cork Constitution 6
This dress rehearsal for next week's AIB Cup final did not give either coach much insight into the opposition.
In heavy fog at Dooradoyle both sides could manage only two penalties apiece. Garryowen led 6-3 at the interval thanks to two well-struck efforts by Conor Murray after 19 and 33 minutes.
In between, Munster squad member Scott Deasy landed a Cons penalty after 22 minutes and his second penalty after 59 minutes tied the game up.
Scorers -- Garryowen: C Murray, 2 pens. Cork Constitution: S Deasy 2 pens
Garryowen: R O'Mahony; I Hanley, C Doyle, K Hartigan, A Gaughan; W Staunton, C Murray; J Halpin, (JP Cooney 48), M Sherry, D Lavery; F McKenna (M Melbourne 80), E Mackey; P Neville, A Kavanagh, D Sherry
Cork Con: S Deasy; R lane, T Gleeson, E Ryan, C Healy; D lyons, D Williams; G Murray (M Gatley 48), R Quinn, S Archer; M O'Connell (E Leamy, 80), I Nagle; B Holland, P O'Malley, F Cogan.
Blackrock produced the goods in the final 15 minutes to go fourth in the table.
Trailing 12-6 in the last quarter, tries from Kyle Tonetti and rising star Andrew Conway stole the win for Barry Gibney and Emmett Farrell's side, with Darragh Fitzpatrick adding a late penalty.
Scorers -- Blackrock: K Tonetti, A Conway 1 try each, I Madigan 1 dr-gl, 2 pens, 1 con, D Fitzpatrick 1 pen, 1 con
Clontarf: P Howard 1 try, M Dufficy 1 con, 2 pens.
A last-gasp drop goal from David Clarke in the heavy fog at Crowley Park saw Galwegians secure a vital victory over their Connacht rivals yesterday.
Conor Lavelle's first-half try had given the visitors the edge and, combined with JH Potgeiter's penalty, had the midlanders 8-0 ahead on the half-hour mark.
Galwegians struck back before half-time with two Rob O'Beirn penalties and 10 minutes after the break they edged in front thanks once again to the boot of O'Beirn.
A scrappy contest came to life in a frantic last quarter where Buccaneers dominated for long periods, attempting to overturn a one point deficit. John O'Brien was held up over the line not long before Kennedy delivered with the boot on 81 minutes, before Clarke slotted over a drop goal.
Scorers -- Galwegians: R O'Beirn 3 pens; D Clarke 1 dr-gl. Buccaneers: C Lavelle 1 try; JH Potgeiter, A Kennedy 1 pen each
Galwegians: R O'Beirn (R Dillon); B Murphy, A Esera, D Clarke, J Cleary; R Shaughnessy, K Campbell; J Naughton, D Murphy (C Muldoon), J Stephens; L Scahill, B McClearn (D Boyd); A Conboy, I Muldoon, A Olive (D Murphy)
Buccaneers: C Lavelle; S Stapleton (B O'Carroll), B Touhy, A Hayman, J O'Brien; J H Potgeiter, A Kennedy; B Gilligan (M Staunton ), G Halligan, C Higgins; P Burke, J Tormey; K Kiripati, C Watters, C Rigney
Referee: R Kerr
Old Belvedere 26
Another disappointing performance by Ballymena but the Old Belvedere pack dominated the proceedings with Ritchie Leyden having an outstanding game.
The whole back row dominated and Ballymena had no answer; they were 14 points in arrears at the interval. Ritchie Leyden scored two tries, the first and the last and in-between Ballymena were fortunate to run in two tries.
Scorers -- Ballymena: R McBurney, D O'Hara 1 try each. Old Belvedere: R Leyden 2 tries, I O'Malley, D Mongan one try, A Dunn 3 cons
Ballymena: R McBurney; A Budina, K Moore, I Whitten, T Seymour; D O'Hara, S Ross; J Carson, J Taggart, S Shawe, D O'Kane, D Best, A Kerr, P Smith, S McKinney
Old Belvedere: K Hurrell; E Dewitt, I O'Malley, C King, D Mongan; A Dunn, C Keane; V Soden, M Cooney, S Maguire, P Spivey, A Trenier, R Leyden, J Risden, L Auvaa
Referee: P Roche (Munster)
Dungannon never really looked like scoring any tries as the Munster team piled on the pressure in the second period to emerge comfortable victors.
They were helped by the excellent kicking of Bryan Derham who contributed 11 points from three penalties and a conversion.
Scorers -- Dungannon: J Shiells 1 pen. UCC: B Dennahy, J Ryan 1 try each, B Derham 3 pens and 1
Dungannon: J McGuckin; C Gilroy, P Magee, E Allan, G Telford; J Shiells, D Spence; J Fitzpatrick, R Carleton, J Sinnamon, J Sanford, M Rainey, D Hall, A Birch, S McKenzie
UCC: S Scanlon; B Derham, B Dennehy, J Gleeson, W Walsh; R O'Sullivan, B Slater; G Duffy, W Falvey, J Ryan, M Lenihan, P O'Donovan, D O'Callaghan, S O'Sullivan, J Ryan
Referee: K Beggs
Young Munster 15
Though they had only 13 players on the field going into half-time, Young Munster preserved their lead at the top of the table at Clifford Park. Munsters went in front with an Alan Kingsley penalty which was negated when Ryan Bambry was on target for the visitors.
Kingsley, with a penalty and drop goal, had the home side in front 9-3 but Bambry landed another penalty and then dropped a goal to make it 9-9. Just on half-time, however, Bambry kicked Ballynahinch in front.
In the second half Kingsley kicked two more penalties to give Young Munster the points.
Scorers -- Young Munster: A Kingsley 4 pens, 1 dgl. Ballynahinch: R Bambry, 3 pens, 1 dgl.
Young Munster: R Moloney; A Carroll, M Costelloe, C Casey, D Corcoran; A Kinglsey, M Prendergast; G Flaherty, G Slattery, A Cotter; D Payne, S O'Neill; S Hassett, J O'Neill, N Melbourne.
Ballynahinch: J Cullen; M Scott, D Nicholson, S Morrow, K Corrigan; R Bambry, H McAleese; C Stevenson, G Armstrong, P McAllister; J Graham, R Greer; M Graham, J McCall, S Lamb.
Referee: E O'Dowd (IRFU)