St Mary's fight back to keep title hopes alive
Cork Constitution 21 St Mary's College 23
A late rally saw Mary's score 10 points in the final 10 minutes to keep their title hopes alive at Temple Hill.
Con led 8-3 at half-time with a try from Niall O'Driscoll and a Gerry Hurley penalty to a Gavin Dunne penalty. O'Driscoll extended the home side's advantage with his second try, but a penalty and conversion of a Robert Sweeney try by Dunne levelled the scores.
Hurley put Con back in front with a penalty and James Ryan added a try. Stephen Grissing scored a try for Mary's and Dunne converted. Four minutes from time Dunne's penalty secured victory.
Scorers -- Cork Con: N O'Driscoll 2 tries; J Ryan try; G Hurley 2 pens. St Mary's College: R Sweeney, S Grissing tries; G Dunne 2 cons, 3 pens.
Clontarf continued their good home form yesterday by comfortably beating Garryowen. The Limerick team had the majority of the ball in the first half but failed to create any try-scoring chances.
Clontarf's Mick McGrath ran the length of the field to go in under the posts. The Dubliners added two more tries, one a penalty try and the other a Noel Reid score, and went in at half-time with a rather fortunate lead.
The home side stepped their performance up in the second half. Reid got himself across the line again five minutes after the restart, and the excellent Adrian D'Arcy added two more. Garryowen did claw back two tries but their poor handling and indecision cost them. Clontarf's Killian Lett got their sixth try of the afternoon.
Scorers -- Clontarf: N Reid, A D'Arcy 2 tries; M McGrath, B O'Mahony, K Lett tries; penalty try; R Lane 6 cons. Garryowen: A O'Loughlin, C Hircock tries, D Cusack con, 2 pens.
Old Belvedere 31
Old Belvedere secured only their second win of the campaign by handing out a big defeat to Shannon at Anglesea Road.
The home side had a comfortable 16-6 lead at the interval and they completely dominated the second half as Jack Coman (2), Danny Riordan and David Mongan all recorded tries for the rejuvenated Belvo. Josh Glynn landed three penalties and Aidan Wynne converted one of the four tries that earned a bonus point. Stephen Keogh had a try for Shannon which Tadhg Bennett converted to add to his three penalties.
Scorers -- Old Belvedere: J Coman 2 tries; D Riordan, D Mongan try each; J Glynn 3 pens; A Wynne 1 con. Shannon: S Keogh try; T Bennett 3 pens 1 con.
Young Munster 18
Tries in either half from Matt Healy proved decisive at Lansdowne Road yesterday.
Lansdowne had the better of the opening, as tries inside five minutes from Healy and Jason Kelly gave them an early cushion of 12 points. Young Munster opened their account with a well-worked try from Darragh O'Neill, but Lansdowne registered their third try 17 minutes in courtesy of John Cooney. Lansdowne increased their advantage to 14 with a drop-goal from Craig Ronaldson, but Munster got back into it when Ger Flaherty finished off a rolling maul.
Staunton was off target with his conversion and a Ronaldson penalty gave Lansdowne a 25-13 lead at half-time. Munsters started the second half well but Healy mustered up a breakaway try to dash their hopes, although the visitors did give themselves a lifeline when replacement Ger Burke drove over for their second try.
Lansdowne added two more converted tries courtesy of Ronaldson and Cian Aherne.
Scorers -- Lansdowne: C Ronaldson 4 cons, 1 try, 1 pen, 1 d/goal, M Healy 2 tries, J Kelly, J Cooney, C Aherne try each Young Munster: D O'Neill, G Flaherty, G Burke try each, W Staunton pen.
Belfast Harlequins 19
A TRY four minutes into injury time helped Harlequins to victory and they are now firm favourites to gain promotion.
Ballymena were the better side in the first half and fully deserved their 7-5 interval advantage with Luke Marshall having an outstanding game.
Ballymena made it 14-5 when Marshall added the points to an Ally Fraser try. But the visitors stormed back to steal it.
Scorers -- Ballymena: P Pritchard, A Fraser 1 try each; L Marshall 1 pen, 2 cons. Belfast Harlequins: pen try; D Creighton, A Macklin 1 try each; I Porter 2 cons.
Buccaneers ended their home campaign with a six-try victory over UCC at Dubarry Park.
Jack Carty scored 14 points in the first half as the home side led 29-8 at the break. Conor Finn and Conor Fitzgibbon also got tries.
A Cyprien Jouve try and a Luke Duffy penalty accounted for the students' tally. The second half was even as Fitzgibbon and Paul Harte grabbed tries for Buccs with Brian Scott twice going over for the visitors.
Scorers --Buccaneers: Carty 2 tries, 4 cons, pen; Fitzgibbon 2 tries; Harte and Finn try; Dolan con. UCC: Scott 2 tries; Jouve try; Duffy 2 cons, pen.
UL Bohemian 16
The introduction of JJ Hanrahan for the second half made all the difference as he scored 13 points when keeping UL Bohemian's challenge for honours alive at Annacotty.
The decisive score in the first half came seven minutes before the interval when Matt Dever scored a Galwegians try which Tadhg Leader superbly converted.
Hanrahan came on for the second half and within two minutes had scored an individual try, which he converted. He then landed two penalties to round off a fine half for himself and his club.
Scorers -- UL Bohemian: JJ Hanrahan try, 2 pens, con; E Torrie pen. Galwegians: M Dever try; T Leader pen, con.
A try by Chris Cochrane 12 minutes from the end clinched a hard-earned win to keep Dungannon in the race for the title at Kilballyowen.
Michale Lawton converted and then sealed the win with a penalty four minutes from the end. Dungannon's outstanding No 8 John McMahon went over for a try after just two minutes, although Brian Cahill kept Bruff in touch with an 11th-minute penalty before they got back in the game with a converted Stephen Foster try.
Bruff's Brian Morrissey was sin-binned, which allowed McMahon in for his second try, although a brace of Cahill penalties nudged Bruff 16-15 ahead. However, Dungannon's scoring blitz proved crucial in claiming the victory.
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