7 Dec, 18:36
Heavy defeat for Dolphin in Ulster Bank League Division 1A as Cork Constitution and Young Munster win but Garryowen are still searching for their first win of the campaign.
Leonard Allen & Cormac Liddy
Garryowen retained their Division 1A status with a 23-9 win over Buccaneers at Dooradoyle. Three penalties by David Connellan to two by Alan Gaughan had the Connacht side 9-6 ahead at half time. Tries by James Rael and Paul Neville both converted by Gaughan who also added a penalty saw victory for the home side.
Bective Rangers defeated Clonakilty 19-15 at The Vale in Division 2 to secure a play off place against Bruff to decide the final place in Division 1B next season. Alfie Harte and Darragh Lynch scored tries for the West Cork side and Denis McCarthy kicked a conversion and penalty.
A losing bonus point was not enough for Old Crescent to avoid finishing bottom of Division 2 after their 21-17 away defeat by DLSP. JP Ruiz scored a try for the Limerick side and Mark Woods and Robert Moloney scored two penalties each. The Limerick side must now play Banbridge in a play off to decide the final place in Division 2A next season.
Despite losing at home to Corinthians 27-10, Thomond still maintained their status. David Foley scored a try which Craig Airey converted and Derek Warton added a drop goal.
Having been challenging for promotion for most of the campaign Midleton ended up in eleventh place after they lost away to Queens University 35-15. David Smyth and Kevin Brierly scored tries for the East Cork side and Jeff Hitchmough kicked a conversion and penalty.
In Division Three Nenagh Ormond won the Munster derby with a last minute penalty from David Delaney to give them a 23-20 victory over Sunday’s Well at Musgrave Park. James Kingston and Michael Kennedy scored tries for the Tipperary side and Delaney contributed two conversions and three penalties. Willie Devane and Peter Brehony were the ‘Well try scorers and Danny O’Shea kicked two conversions, a drop goal and a penalty.
Highfield finished their campaign with a 36-15 away win over bottom side Connemara. James Cronin, David Kelly, Michael Dillane, David Walker and Darragh Buckley-Barry were Highfield’s try scorers and Colin Mahony kicked four conversions and a penalty.
Ulster Bank League Division 1 Semi Final: Cork Constitution 19, Young Munster 9;
Old Belvedere 22, Clontarf 20;
Division 1A Play Off: Garryowen 23, Buccaneers 9;
Division 2: Ballymena 48, Terenure College 11;
Ballynahinch 35, Old Wesley 23;
Clonakilty 15, Bective Rangers 19;
D.L.S.P. 21, Old Crescent 17;
Dublin University 31, U.C.D. 22;
Malone 6, Belfast Harlequins 34;
Queens University 35, Midleton 15;
Thomond 10, Corinthians 27;
Division 3: Banbridge 17, Seapoint 15;
City of Derry 58, Naas 12;
Connemara 15, Highfield 36;
Greystones 35, Navan 6;
NUIM Barnhall 19,Instonians 12;
Sunday's Well 20,Nenagh Ormond 23;
Suttonians 24, Rainey Old Boys 28;
Wanderers 41, Ards 12;