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Saturday 18 November 2017

Red-hot Mongan helps Belvo cruise to victory

Division 1 round-up

Dave Mongan bagged two tries as Old Belvedere soared back to the top of Division 1B with a 33-12 home win over Buccaneers yesterday.

Belvo had been overtaken by Young Munster 24 hours earlier, but encountered few problems against their lowly visitors.

Prolific wing Mongan got his brace before the interval to help his side to a 19-0 half-time lead at Anglesea Road. The other tries came from Chris Keane, Richie Leyden and John Kennedy. Out-half Andy Dunne landed four conversions.

Buccaneers secured consolation tries through Troy Nathan and Alex Hayman.

Alan Kingsley is proving a pivotal figure in Young Munster's battle to keep up with Belvo.

A few weeks back, the out-half landed an injury-time penalty to snatch a dramatic victory over the Dubliners.

Last weekend, he contributed all 15 points in the victory over Ballynahinch, and on Saturday, he was again the main man in the 13-12 home success over Dungannon.

Kingsley scored a try after a smashing move and then provided the pass for centre Matthew Costelloe to go over, helping the hosts to a 10-6 lead at the break.

He then kicked the winning penalty after two penalties from James Shiels had put Dungannon 12-10 ahead.

Third-placed UCC fell 11 points behind Belvedere after their fine run ended with a 19-10 defeat at Ballymena, for whom out-half David O'Hara contributed 16 points -- he converted his own try and added three penalties.

Elsewhere, Galwegians edged Ballynahinch 15-12, having established a 15-3 half-time advantage, with wing Tiernan O'Halloran securing a crucial try after good work from scrum-half Kieran Campbell.

In yesterday's Division 1A match, Dolphin moved up into third place with a 17-0 home win over Clontarf, scoring tries through hooker Andy O'Driscoll, Munster No 8 James Coughlan and wing Paul Hurley.

Dolphin, though, were disappointed to miss out on a bonus point, having scored their third try midway through the second half.

Division Two

With Lansdowne scoring 52 points in their win over Thomond to extend their lead at the top to 15, it's time to focus on second place and the race to join them in Division 1B next season.

Just four points separate second and sixth, and it's Bruff who are leading the chase after their 32-13 victory over Terenure at Lakelands.

A penalty try helped Bective to a win over local rivals Old Wesley at Donnybrook, taking them up to third.

Belfast Harlequins are fourth after beating fifth-placed DLSP at home, while UCD are still in with an outside chance after beating Highfield.

Division Three

It's 10 out of 10 for Midleton, who top the table after beating Barnhall 16-8 at Parsonstown.

The race for promotion is looking clearcut, as Queens occupy second place, seven points clear of Banbridge with a game in hand after hammering Ards 46-3 away from home.

Banbridge, Nenagh and Instonians still have some hope of promotion after picking up weekend wins, but it looks like the matter is already wrapped up.

Irish Independent

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