Rowan adds gloss as 'Rock demolish Shannon
Shannon 3 Blackrock College 25
Table-toppers Shannon got a big surprise when beaten by Blackrock College at Coonagh.
The visitors were 13-0 in front at the end of the first half with the only try being scored by flanker Mick Carroll. Dara Fitzpatrick converted and he also kicked two penalties.
Shannon never really got into the game and it was Blackrock who upped the tempo in the second half. For all their dominance, they could not manage a bonus-point try but they will be delighted that they denied Shannon even a bonus.
In the second half prop Johnny Barretto scored the second try which Fitzpatrick again converted and, to add to Shannon's woes, left winger David Rowan had a third try for the visitors. Mossie Lawler kicked a penalty for Shannon's only score.
Scorers -- Shannon: M Lawler 1 pen, Blackrock College: M Carroll, J Barretto, D Rowan, 1 try each, D Fitzpatrick 2 pens, 2 cons
Referee: S McDowell (IRFU)
Cork Constitution 20
Cork Constitution bounced to the top of Division 1A after withstanding a late Clontarf rally at Castle Avenue yesterday.
The visitors held a comfortable 20-8 lead with 10 minutes remaining, but out-half Martin Dufficy took the game into his own hands with a penalty, a try and a conversion to cut the gap to two points.
But Dufficy's converted try came on the stroke of full-time, and the hosts were unable to get back down the field on the restart as Cork Con held out.
The sides were level at 8-8 at the break, but second-half tries from Cronan Healy and Duncan Williams provided the platform for victory.
Scorers -- Clontarf: K Lett, try; M Dufficy try, 1 con, 1 pen; D O'Shea 1 pen, Cork Constitution: C Healy, D Williams try each; R Lane try, 1 pen, 1 con.
Garryowen recorded their third successive win over Dolphin with a deserved win at Musgrave Park.
The main talking point came 10 minutes from time. With Dolphin trailing 16-9, their wing forward Barry O'Mahony intercepted inside his own 22 and raced the length of the pitch, only to knock on when he went to touch down.
To add to the home side's woes, winger Alan Geoghan went in to score his second try for the visitors and so denied Dolphin a losing bonus point.
Garryowen led 13-0 at half time with a try from Geoghan and a conversion and two penalties by Conor Murray. Barry Keeshan brought Dolphin back into contention with three penalties before all the late drama.
Scorers -- Dolphin: B Keeshan 3 pens. Garryowen: A Geoghan 2 tries, C Murray 3 pens, 2 cons.
St Mary's College 39
UL Bohemians 12
St Mary's College were never troubled in their 27-point defeat of UL Bohemians at Templeville Road yesterday.
The hosts led from the off thanks to a brace of early tries from Hugh Hogan, which paved the way for a 24-7 lead at the break.
St Mary's failed to ease up on the restart, although Cian Aherne kept the visitors' hopes alive with a second-half try. Aherne's try was little consolation however for a Bohemians side who struggled throughout against a St Mary's team who were on top in all quarters.
Scorers -- St Marys College: H Hogan 2 tries, Richie Sweeney, R Copeland, M Sexton 1 try each. G Dunne 2 pens, 4 cons. UL Bohemians: S Henry, C Aherne 1 try each, D Riordan 1 con
Young Munster 27
ALAN KINGSLEY certainly made his presence felt in contributing 17 points in Young Munster's deserved victory over Ballymena at Eaton Park.
Kingsley, at out-half, controlled the game with his kicking and Ballymena had few chances of reducing the arrears. Young Munster kept in the title chase but just failed to earn a bonus point. But it was their second-half performance, with their forwards rampant, that led to this victory.
Scorers -- Ballymena: D O'Kane 1 try; D O'Hara 1 pen, 1 con; G Fisher 1 pen. Young Munster: G Slattery, J O'Neill 1 try each, A Kingsley 1 try, 4 pens
Referee: A Rogan.
Old Belvedere 31
Old Belvedere maintained top-spot in Division 1B in their 28-point win at Anglesea Road.
The hosts claimed a bonus-point win thanks to four tries, two in either half, as they never looked troubled by the visitors.
Galwegians however opened the scoring with a third-minute Rob O'Byrne penalty, but trailed by 17-3 at the interval following tries from Richie Lydon and Kieran Herell.
Andy Dunne was also impressive from place kicks, while Leo Auva'a and Max Rantz McDonald added second-half tries for the hosts.
Scorers -- Old Belvedere: R Lydon, K Herell, L Auva'a, M Rantz McDonald 1 try each, A Dunne 1 pen, A Dunne 4 cons. Galwegians: R O'Byrne 1 pen
UCC scored five tries in this victory at the Mardyke but it may not be enough to get them promotion from this division.
The students did all the damage in the first half when they ran in three tries from Brian Derham, Shane O'Sullivan and Phillip Donnellan.
Sean Scanlon and Brian Slater added further tries in the second half. Paddy McAllister scored a try for the visitors converted by Ryan Bambry who also added a penalty.
Scorers -- UCC: B Derham 1 try, 1 pen, 1 con, S O'Sullivan, S Scanlon, P Donnellan, B Slater 1 try each, A Burke 1 con. Ballynahinch: P McAllister 1 try, R Bambry 1 con, 1 pen
Buccaneers boosted their chances of avoiding relegation with a five-point win over fellow strugglers Dungannon at Dubarry Park.
Tries from Brian Tuohy try and Sean Stapleton helped Buccaneers to a 15-7 half time lead, with Conor Gaston going over for Dungannon.
The only score of the second half, a late Shiells penalty, earned Dungannon a losing bonus point.
Scorers -- Buccaneers: Tuohy, Stapleton 1 try each, Kennedy 1 pen, 1 con. Dungannon: Gaston 1 try, Shiells 1 con, 1 pen