Monday 23 July 2018

Lansdowne make it nine victories in a row at UCD

Neil Cronin was one of the scoring stars for Garryowen. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile
Neil Cronin was one of the scoring stars for Garryowen. Picture credit: Matt Browne / Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Lansdowne completed an immaculate first half of the Ulster Bank League season with their ninth straight win, as three tries after the break saw them overcome UCD 30-23 at the Belfield Bowl.

The Division 1A leaders also lifted the Sutherland Cup, which is in memory of Peter Sutherland's father, the great Billy Sutherland. As well as a penalty try from a scrum, Harry Brennan and Ronan Kelleher both touched down.

Harry Byrne (eight points) and Jack Ringrose (try) got on the scoresheet for UCD, who battled back for a losing bonus point thanks to a closing try from Tommy O'Brien.

Clontarf outscored Dublin University by four tries to three, including a seventh of the season from centre Matt D'Arcy, but were left clinging on for a 29-24 win at Castle Avenue.

Although Clontarf led 22-10 heading into the second-half, they were left sweating at the finish as poor discipline saw two players sin-binned and captain Ben Reilly also saw red after clashing with Trinity's Darragh Higgins.

Captain Neil Cronin, with 14 points, and two-try full-back David Johnston were the scoring stars for Garryowen in their 24-17 Munster derby success against Cork Constitution at Dooradoyle.


Buccaneers came from 10 points down to edge out St Mary's College 11-10 at Templeville Road. First-half tries from Adam Coyle and Conor Dean were cancelled out by a John Sutton effort and two Luke Carty penalties.

Terenure's back-three of Sam Coghlan Murray, Jake Swaine and James O'Donoghue all touched down in their 32-13 bonus-point success at home to Young Munster.

Ballynahinch dished out a 42-15 beating to Shannon as they replaced the Limerick men at the top of Division 1B. Leading 14-8 at the break, the hosts dominated the second-half, with full-back Conor Kelly scoring two of their six converted tries.

It was a terrific day for the division's Ulster clubs, with Ballymena and Banbridge enjoying bonus-point wins at home. Angus Kernohan and Rodger McBurney (two) notched three tries between them as the Braidmen ended their three-match losing streak with a 25-16 dismissal of Old Belvedere.

Robert Lyttle and Andrew Morrison bagged a brace each in Banbridge's 26-25 triumph over Dolphin, while at Forenaughts, Fionn Higgins pounced on Johne Murphy's kick to touch down and steer Naas past Old Wesley, 30-25.

Hosts UL Bohemians lost their grip on a 12-3 first-half lead as Brian Walsh's UCC took the spoils, 22-15. Kevin Slater had a key contribution with two tries, including a 67th-minute length-of-the-field score.

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