Sunday 18 February 2018

Young Munster and Cork Con end the year on a high note

Declan Rooney

Young Munster have plenty of reasons to be jolly as they finish 2013 as the province's top dogs after returning to winning ways against UCD last weekend.

The home side's only try came through centre Dan Goggin, while scrum-half Brian Hough kicked five penalties and a conversion in their 22-16 win in Tom Clifford Park, which sees UCD drop down to fourth.

Cork Constitution also triumphed, winning by a 22-18 margin against St Mary's to leapfrog Dolphin into sixth place.

The Leesiders grabbed three tries through James Ryan, Jerry Hurley and Rob Jermyn to secure a four-point winning margin over Mary's, who scored two tries of their own with Colm McMahon and Steve Toal-Lennon touching down.

Elsewhere in Division 1A, it was tales of woe as Garryowen fell by 15-5 to Old Belvedere, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table, while three tries from No 8 Ron Boucher saw third-placed Lansdowne coast to a nine-try 61-11 win over Dolphin.

In Division 1B, UL Bohemians defeated second-placed Buccaneers 31-16 in Thomond Park, scoring four tries via Jack O'Donoghue, David Johnston, Kevin O'Byrne and Ed Kelly in the process to earn a bonus point.

And Shannon occupy fifth place as they were narrow winners over bottom side Malone thanks to tries from Andrew Finn, David O'Donovan and Shaun Horgan.

The Yuletide blues were extremely widespread in Division 2A as all five Munster representatives face into the Christmas break on the back of defeats. There were home defeats for Cashel against Seapoint, for Highfield against NUIM Barnhall and for UCC to Old Wesley, while Bruff and Old Crescent both lost on the road.

But the Friday night lights brought some festive spirit to Munster as Nenagh Ormond remain undefeated and top of Division 2B after their 41-8 win over Richmond and Sunday's Well edged past Midleton at Towns Park. Thomond continue to impress, with their 24-9 win over Instonians leaving them in third place at the end of the year.

The only action this weekend sees Shannon host Dublin University at Coonagh at 2.0, with the remaining Division 1A and 1B fixtures returning on Saturday January 4.

The lower divisions will be back in action on January 11.

Irish Independent

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