All Ireland League Roundup
10th October 2021 By Leonard Allen
A good start for Munster Clubs in the various All Ireland Leagues, with Garryowen and Highfield top of their divisions and U.L. Bohemian open up a gap in the Women’s All Ireland League.
The top game of the day was at Temple Hill, where Young Munster held out for a 24-17 win over Cork Constitution in Division 1A. A try from Conor Hayes and two penalties by Evan Cusack had the visitors 11-3 ahead at half time. Aidan Moynihan replied with a penalty for the Temple Hill side. Pa Campbell extended the Cookies lead with a try and Cusack converted. Con’ were then awarded a penalty try. Barry Galvin scored a try for Con’ and Moynihan converted. Despite being down to 12 players at one stage Cusack added two further penalties for Munster’s as they held out for a great win.
Garryowen made it two bonus point wins from two after their 32-20 win over U.C.C. at Dooradoyle. The sides were level 10-10 at half time, but the home side proved too strong after the break running in three tries. Colm Quilligan scored two tries for the Light Blues and Pat O’Toole, Tommy O’Hora, and Jamie Shanahan got one each. Tony Butler kicked two conversions and a penalty. The Students replied with tries from Louis Bruce and Joe O’Leary. Darragh French kicked two penalties and a conversion, and O’Leary added one conversion.
In the Women’s All Ireland League, U.L. Bohemian recorded their third maximum bonus point win after their 46-17 win over Old Belvedere at the U.L. Arena. The winners ran in eight tries with Sarah Quin, Courtney Duhig, Aoife Corey, Chloe Pearce, Nicole Cronin, Stephanie Nunan, Helen McDermott and Ciara Griffin all crossing the line and Cronin added three conversions.
Ballincollig preserved their unbeaten home record with a 31-17 win against Galwegians at Tanner Park. The home side led 24-7 at half time. Roisin Ormond and Gemma Lane each scored two tries each for Ballincollig and Clare Coombes got one. Denise Redmond kicked two conversions and Alison Kelly one.
Highfield despite trailing 10-0 in the opening stages of their encounter away to Navan, hit back to run out 42-17 winners and go top in Division 1B of the men’s All Ireland League. Miah Cronin and Paul Stack scored two tries each for the winners and Ronán O’Sullivan and Chris Bannon got one apiece. James Taylor converted all six tries.
Shannon picked up their first win with a 32-10 home win against Banbridge. Alan Flannery, Jack O’Donnell, Jordan Prenderville, Daniel Okeke and Aran Hehir scored tries for Shannon and John O’Sullivan added two conversions and a penalty.
In Division 2A Dolphin recorded their second win of the campaign with a 56-13 home win over Rainey Old Boys. Brian O’Mahony (2), Dave O’Mahony, Murray Linn, Rob Reardon, Tim Marron and Craig O’Connell were the Dolphin try scorers. Daryl Foley kicked six conversions and three penalties.
A try from Kieran O’Shea and a conversion and two penalties by Harry Byrne were not enough for U.L. Bohemian who lost away to M.U. Barnhall 33-13.
Queens University went top of the table after their 40-21 away win over Old Crescent at Tukami Park. Cian Raele, Jack O’Mahony were among the Old Crescent try scorers and Ronan McKenna converted all three ties.
The Cashel v Nenagh Ormond was recoded as a 0-0 draw as the game could not go ahead following a Covid out-break.
In Division 2C Midleton won the Cork derby with Sunday’s Well 14-6 at the east Cork venue. The ‘Well led 6-0 with two penalties from Eoin Geary, but the winners whose pack totally dominated all facades of the forward exchanges had to wait until they were awarded a penalty try nine minutes from time. Rob Carey added a second try in the closing minutes and Stuart Lee converted.
Bruff lost narrowly at home to Skerries 18-17. Thomas Quigley scored Bruff’s try and Adam O’Dwyer added four penalties.
Clonmel were well beaten 29-13 at home to Bangor. Roland Marki and Dean Slattery scored tries for Clonmel and Aidan Hickey added a penalty.
Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A: Ballynahinch 3, Clontarf 13;
Cork Constitution 17, Young Munster 24;
Garryowen 32, U.C.C. 20;
Terenure College 26, Lansdowne 39;
U.C.D. 0, Dublin University 31;
Women’s All Ireland League: Ballincollig 31, Galwegians 17;
Blackrock College 63, Wicklow 0;
Malone 0, Railway Union 0;
Suttonians 28, Cooke 12;
U.L. Bohemian 46, Old Belvedere 17;
Men’s All Ireland League Division 1B: City of Armagh 32, Old Belvedere 18;
Naas 41, Malone 24;
Navan 17, Highfield 42;
Shannon 32, Banbridge 10;
St. Mary’s College 18, Old Wesley 20;
All Ireland League Division 2A: Ballymena 29, Buccaneers 22;
Cashel 0, Nenagh Ormond 0;
Dolphin 56, Rainey Old Boys 13;
M.U. Barnhall 33, U.L. Bohemian 13;
Old Crescent 21, Queens University 40;
Division 2B: Ballina 36, Blackrock College 36;
Dungannon 29, Sligo 10;
Galway Corinthians 19, Belfast Harlequins 17;
Malahide 7, Greystones 50;
Wanderers 46, Galwegians 13;
Division 2C: Bruff 17, Skerries 18;
City of Derry 10, Enniscorthy 48;
Clonmel 13, Bangor 29;
Midleton 14, Sunday’s Well 6;
Omagh Academicals 16, Tullamore 19;