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St Mary's off to positive start



Tries in either half from Marcus O'Driscoll and Kevin Croke proved essential at Templeville Road yesterday, as 2012 AIL winners St Mary's got their new campaign off to a winning start with a hard-fought victory over a determined UL Bohemian side.

Mary's had started this contest with great intent, but the UL rearguard held firm, and they would eventually break to take the lead on 21 minutes when Munster star JJ Hanrahan opened the scoring with a close-in penalty.

Mary's hit back on 25 minutes when Mary's replacement O'Driscoll drove over the line just moments after being introduced. Crotty made no mistake with the conversion and added a penalty to leave St Mary's 10-3 ahead at the break.

UL powered their way back into the reckoning in the second half with a well-deserved try courtesy of replacement scrumhalf Rory White. The ever-reliable Hanrahan was on hand to add the bonus points, which ensured that the Mary's lead was back down to four, but that's as close as they would get.

Cork Constitution 22

Clontarf 20

Cork Con marked the opening of their new clubhouse with a dramatic injury-time win over Clontarf at Temple Hill.

Clontarf led 10-3 at half-time with a try from Cathal O'Flynn and a conversion and penalty by Richard Lane to a penalty by Gerry Hurley for the home side.

Dermot O'Meara increased the visitors' advantage with a try and Lane converted and also added a penalty. Tries by James Ryan and Hurley and a Hurley penalty kept Con in the tie. However, seven minutes into injury-time Darragh Lyons levelled with a try and Hurley's converted.

Bruff 25

Ballymena 5

A superb try from Brendan Deady, after a great break by Mark Cosgrave, was the highlight as Bruff swept aside Ballymena at Kilballyowen.

That came after 25 minutes and Brian Carroll converted to add to his 13th-minute penalty. Another Carroll penalty just on the break made it 13-0.

Bruff's second try came eight minutes into the second half. Centre Garry Leonard picked up a loose ball and raced 50 metres to touch down. On 62 minutes, Bruff were awarded a penalty try, which Carroll again converted.

Belfast Harlequins 20

UCD 48

THis was a comprehensive victory for UCD after they ran in seven tries at Deramore Park.

Flanker Danny Kenny showed his power to score two tries while speedy winger Sam Coghlan-Murray also contributed two. James Thornton showed his usual accurate kicking ability with five conversions.



Ballynahinch got their campaign off to a flying start with a 10-point win away against Buccaneers.

Aaron Ferris opened the scoring for the visitors with an early try, which Michael Lawton converted, and a further try from Aaron Cairns, converted by Lawton, had the Ulster men ahead by 17-14 at half-time.

Chris Napier increased the lead with an early second-half try, which Lawton again converted, and Lawton completed the scoring with a penalty.



A four-try salvo either side of half-time proved crucial at College Park, as Dublin University made their bow in Division 1B with an impressive Dublin derby victory over Blackrock College.

In a tight and tense first period, Blackrock outhalf David Godfrey opened the scoring with a routine penalty but, following a spell of persistent pressure from the Trinity pack, David Joyce was on hand to restore parity to the contest with an 18th-minute penalty.

Dublin University struck next, with centre Ariel Robles crossing over the whitewash.

Godfrey brought the margin back to two with a successful penalty for 'Rock, but Trinity would have the final say of the half, as a converted try from Billy Dargan gave last year's Division 2A champions a nine-point interval lead (15-6).

This score would prove to be of great importance, as it gave Trinity the impetus to push on for further scores, and Dargan registered his second try of the day in the early moments after the restart to send his side on their way to victory.

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