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Monday 11 December 2017

Young Munster edge Mary's as Haugh holds nerve with late kick

Young Munster 16 St Mary's College 14


Young Munster snatched a dramatic win at Clifford Park thanks to a penalty three minutes from the end by Brian Haugh.

Young Munster had penalties in the third and seventh minutes by Doonbeg native Haugh, but three minutes into the second half Marcus O'Driscoll dropped a goal for the visitors, who were then reduced to 14 and then 13 men to mark the start of a card-fest which saw three players from each side binned for technical offences.

One such offence yielded a penalty try to Young Munster which Haugh converted, but two penalties by Ray Crotty made it 13-9. Young Munster looked destined for defeat when Kevin Sheehan crossed for Mary's, but Haugh's late penalty gave them the win.

Dolphin 21

Old Belvedere 15

Having just avoided relegation last year, Old Belvedere are still looking for their first win after a deserved win for Dolphin at Musgrave Park

The home side led 18-3 at half-time with tries from Harry Fleming and Cian Bohane and eight points from Barry Keeshan to a penalty by Josh Glynn.

Belvo came more into the game after the break and two tries by David Mongan and a Glynn conversion closed the gap. Keeshan was off target with two penalty efforts before kicking a drop goal to seal Dolphin's first win of the campaign.

Clontarf 13

Garryowen 23

Conan Doyle's brace proved key for Garryowen at Castle Avenue.

Visiting outhalf Jamie Gavin kicked a penalty and drop goal in the first 20 minutes. Richie Lane levelled with penalties either side of the break, but Doyle touched down soon after following a counter-attack. Another try against the run of play soon followed as Doyle again dotted down after a turnover, making it 23-6.

Clontarf managed a try through Martin Garvey after some sustained pressure towards the end, but it wasn't enough and they are still searching for their first win of the season.

UL-Bohemian 23

Cork Constitution 15

A brilliant try by former Munster player Mossy Lawler was the highlight of UL Bohemian's rare win at Annacotty.

JJ Hanrahan landed a fourth-minute penalty for the home side but Scott Deasy replied 10 minutes later. The Limerick side were awarded a penalty try which Hanrahan converted, and he added a penalty to leave it 13-3 at the interval. Lawler's try followed in the 47th minute before centre Darragh Lyons pulled back a try for Con.

Martin McPhail touched down for UL-Bohs after 75 minutes to make it 23-8, but just at the end centre Robert Clune got the last try of the game, which Deasy converted.


Blackrock are still winless after losing at home to Buccaneers, who led 13-7 at half-time thanks to a Billy Henshaw try that was converted by Jack Carty, who also scored two penalties.

Home scores came from Jan-Simon Byrne with a try which David Godfrey converted.

The visitors stretched their lead with a Carty penalty and conversion of Luke Satchwell's try. Mike Carroll replied with a try for Blackrock which Godfrey converted.

UCD 42

Bruff 10

UCD turned on the style in the second half when handing out a drubbing to Bruff as Jordan Coughlan proved a super sub with a brace of tries.

It was close enough in the first half at the end of which UCD led 11-3, with the UCD try being scored by Barry Daly after Brian Carroll had put Bruff in front with a penalty.

In the second half Alex Kelly, Sam Coughlin-Murray, Mark McGroarty and Coughlan's two tries enabled the home side to cruise to a bonus point win.

Dungannon 16

Dublin University 22

A 40-metre penalty in the 41st minute gave Dungannon a losing bonus point against a fitter Dublin University team at Stevenson Park.

The hosts had secured a deserved 13-10 interval advantage after Chris Cochrane's double but the home defence's weaknesses were exposed by the Dublin side as they gave up two tries to Paddy Lavelle and Niyi Adeolukan.

Dungannon didn't give up however and their just reward was that late John McGuckin penalty.

Ballymena 3

Malone 60

Ballymena followed up their 25-5 defeat at Bruff last week with this demolition at the hands of Malone at Eaton Park as the Belfast outfit ran in nine tries.

Malone swamped Dungannon last week and after being promoted, have accumulated a number of players in the close season. Ballymena are in for a long season, having lost a number of players to Ballynahinch.

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