Scannell shines to get Dolphin off the mark
A round-up of the action in the AIL, with Dolphin getting off the mark in impressive fashion.
DOLPHIN made an outstanding start to their Division 1A campaign with a 30-13 bonus-point success over Garryowen at Dooradoyle.
Eamonn Mills, Rory Scannell, Cian Bohane and James Kiernan scored the tries, with Scannell kicking two conversions and two penalties.
Garyowen managed only one try from Andrew Byrne, with the remainder of their points coming from the boot of Jamie Gavin.
Remarkably, Old Belvedere were the only home side to win in the top division. They came from behind to secure a surprise 24-21 success over Clontarf. Clontarf looked in good shape when Michael McGrath and Evan Ryan crossed over, but Old Belvedere hit back with tries from Shaun Berne and John Kennedy.
The accurate goal-kicking of Josh Glynn, who landed four penalties and a conversion, was then to prove decisive.
Elsewhere, Brian Haugh kicked four penalties and converted tries from Derry O'Connor and Hugh McGrath to enable Young Munster to beat St Mary's College 26-18 at Templeville Road, where the home team had Colm McMahon sent off following a second yellow card 17 minutes from time. Cork Constitution defeated promoted Ballynahinch 24-17 at Ballymacarn Park. Out-half Johnny Holland was a key figure, scoring one of the visitors' two tries.
Promoted Terenure College and Corinthians made impressive starts in Division 1B. Terenure crossed for six tries in trouncing UL Bohemians 36-9 at Lakelands Park, while Corinthians recorded a 25-7 away victory over Dublin University.
Shannon made a disappointing start in their bid to get back to the top flight, losing 23-16 at home to Blackrock College.