AIB All Ireland League Roundup
28th March 2010 By Munster Rugby
Lansdowne and Queens University both won their respective Divisions in the AIB All Ireland League, as Midleton clinched promotion from Division Three.
It is a five horse race for the top three positions in Division 1A which would guarantee a play off place.
In the top of the table clash at Templeville Road St. Mary’s College moved into top spot a point ahead of Cork Constitution with a 24-20 victory.
The home side raced into a 14-0 before Scot Deasy opened Constitution’s account with two penalties. Mary’s secured the bonus point with two further tries before a Frank Cogan try and a penalty try both converted by Deasy left four points between the sides with twenty minutes remaining, but the Dublin side held out to take the points.
Shannon’s hopes of a semi final spot received a set back at Coonagh when Clontarf defeated them 32-26. Shannon led 18-10 at half time with tries by Richie Mullane and David Quinlan and two penalties and a conversion by Mossy Lawlor. Mike Essex extended Shannon’s lead with a third try, Clontarf hit back with three tries and Shannon’s only response was a third penalty by Lawlor.
Dolphin defeated Blackrock College 31-13 to move into third place with two tries from Dave Ryan ane each from Sam Cronin and Rob Allen. Paul Hurley kicked a penalty and a conversion, Barry Keeshan added a drop goal and Cormac O’Flynn also kicked a penalty.
U.L. Bohemian kept their hopes of avoiding relegation alive with a 16-13 win over Garryowen at Dooradoyle. Garryowen took the lead with a try from Anthony Kavanagh and Conor Murray converted. U.L. Bohemian led 10-7 at half time with a try from Martin McPhail and a conversion and penalty by Fergal Lawlor. Bohes raced into a 16-7 lead with two penalties from Lawlor and Garryowen’s reply was a penalty by Murray and one by Gerry Hurley.
Young Munster kept up their challenge to top Division 1B with an 18-9 home win over Galwegians. Alan Kingsley and Derek Corcoran scored tries for “The Cookies” and Kingsley kicked a drop goal, penalty and conversion.
A try and two penalties by Sean Scanlon was not enough for U.C.C. who lost away to relegation threatened Buccaneers 18-11.
Bruff only need a point from their two remaining games, at home to Malone and away to Clonakilty, to gain promotion from Division Two after their 19-17 home win over Bective Rangers. Michael Cahill, Andy Cashman and Nigel Riordan scored tries for Bruff and Cahill kicked two conversions.
Greystones are relegated to Division Three after their 22-10 defeat by Corinthians and it will be either Highfield or Old Crescent who will be joining them there.
Highfield currently occupy the second last place after their 19-18 defeat at home by Belfast Harlequins. David Kelly and Paddy Ryan scored tries for the Woodleigh Park side and Brendan Ronan kicked two penalties and a conversion.
Old Crescent are two points ahead of Highfield and have a game in hand at home to champions Lansdowne and their final game is away to Highfield. Old Crescent were beaten 44-3 by Thomond at Fitzgerald Park. Declan Cusack scored a try, three penalties and five conversions. Michael Long, Darragh O’Neill, Ger Finucane and Niall McNamara all scored tries for the home side. Mark Woods replied with a penalty for the Rosbrien outfit.
Keith Morath kicked two penalties fro Clonakilty whose recent winning run came to a halt at The Vale when Terenure College defeated them 35-6.
Midleton secured promotion from the Third Division with a 13-5 home win over Banbridge. Aidan McCarthy and Robert Smith scored tires for the east Cork side and Jeff Hitchmough kicked a penalty.
Nenagh Ormond secured a top four finish with an 11-3 home win over Rainey Old Boys. Stephen Carey scored a try for the Tipperary side and David Delaney kicked two penalties.
Queens University secured the Third Division title with a 34-13 home win over Sunday’s Well. Thomas Parker scored a try for the ‘Well and Eamon Ronan kicked a conversion and two penalties.
Richmond made a disappointing start to the All Ireland Provincial League when they lost at home to Monivea 20-14. Finbarr Hogan and Pat McNamara scored tries for Richmond and Darragh Clancy converted both.
AIB League Division 1A:Dolphin 31,Blackrock College ;
Garryowen 13,U.L. Bohemian 16;
Shannon 26,Clontarf 32;
St. Mary’s College 24,Cork Constitution 20;
Division 1B:Ballymena 15,Dungannon 25;
Buccaneers 18,U.C.C. 11;
Old Belvedere 57,Ballynahinch 38;
Young Munster 18,Galwegians 9;
Division 2:Bruff 19,Bective Rangers 17;
Clonakilty 6,Terenure College 35;
D.L.S.P. 17,Lansdowne 20;
Dublin University 11,Old Wesley 19;
Greystones 10,Corinthians 22;
Highfield 18,Belfast Harlequins 19;
Malone 51,U.C.D. 28;
Thomond 44,Old Crescent 3;
Division 3:Ards 44,Suttonians 11;
Co. Carlow 21,Connemara 25;
Instonians 10,Wanderers 16;
Midleton 13,Banbridge 5;
Naas 20,Barnhall 12;
Navan 16,Portadown 14;
Nenagh Ormond 11,Rainey Old Boys 3;
Queens University 34,Sunday’s Well 13;
All Ireland Provincial League Championship:City of Derry 9,Seaspoint 17;
Richmond 14,Monivea 20;