Men’s All Ireland League Roundup
26th March 2022 By Leonard Allen
The battle hots up for semi-final play-off positions in the top three Divisions of the Men’s All Ireland League.
In Division 1A Clontarf, Lansdowne and Terenure College look certain of a semi-final play-off place, with the battle for the fourth spot between Cork Constitution, Dublin University and Young Munster and the meeting of Young Munster and Cork Constitution in Limerick next week will have a big bearing on who takes the fourth place, after both sides lost this weekend.
Cork Constitution lost at home to leaders Clontarf 24-12 who as a result of this bonus point win are guaranteed top spot. John Forde and Alex McHenry scored late tries for the Temple Hill Side with Jack Crowley adding one conversion.
Four penalties from Evan Cusack was not enough for Young Munster who lost 18-12 away to Terenure College.
Garryowen lost 33-27 away to U.C.D. but picked up two points. Jack Delaney, Liam Coombes, Colm Quilligan, Tommy O’Hora and Evan Maher scored tries for the Light blues and Michael Sheahan added one conversion.
Lansdowne defeated UCC 52-21 in a tie that had to be played on Sunday. Tadgh McCarthy, Billy Kingston and George Coomber scored tries for the Students and Daniel Squires converted all three.
Highfield still retain second place in Division 1B after their 27-22 defeat away to Naas in a thrilling contest. Mark Dorgan, Ronán O’Sullivan and Paddy O’Toole scored tries for Highfield and Shane O’Riordan kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Shannon remain in third place but are just a point behind Highfield after their 29-20 bonus point win on the back pitch in Thomond Park. Aaron Hehir, Alan Flannery and Jamie McGarry scored tries for Shannon, who were also awarded a penalty try. John O’Sullivan kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Cashel moved closer to a home semi-final tie in Division 2A after their hard fought 22-15 home win over U.L. Bohemian. Brendan Crosse, Fearghail O’Neill and Alan McMahon scored tries for Cashel and Dan O’Neill kicked two conversions and a penalty. Joe Murray scored a first half try for U.L. Bohes and Harry Byrne added a penalty and a conversion.
Old Crescent moved up to fifth place after their 25-17 win over fourth placed Ballymena at Takumi Park and are now just a point behind the Ulster side. Val McDermott scored two tries for the home side and Gary Fitzgerald and Paul McNamara got one each. Ronan McKenna kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Two late tries by James Vaughan and Cameron O’Shaughnessy earned Dolphin a four try bonus point, which was enough to ensure that they are clear of the relegation play-off match, despite losing at home to table toppers Queen University 46-29. Paul Dowling and Dave Jennings were Dolphin’s other try scorers. Daryl Foley kicked three conversions and a penalty.
Nenagh Ormond’s 36-19 defeat at home by Buccaneers almost looks certain that will face Rainey Old Boys in the relegation play-off. Willie Coffey, David Gleeson and Conor McMahon scored tries for Nenagh and McMahon and Fionn McGibney each kicked a conversion.
Midleton’s 24-8 bonus point home win over Bangor means they still have an outside chance of making the Division 2C play-offs. Will Casey scored two tries for the East Cork side and Ryan Lehane and Bryan Moore also scored tries, with Stuart Lee adding two conversions.
Bruff eased their relegation worries with a 25-24 away win over bottom side Clonmel. Tony O’Connell, Davy O’Grady and Johnny Cleary scored tries for Bruff and Paul Collins kicked two conversions and two penalties. Luke Hogan replied with two tries for Clonmel and Luke Noonan and JJ McIlwraith got one each. Darren Cass kicked two conversions
A late rally by City of Derry that yielded thirteen unanswered points saw the Ulster side move out of the relegation zone after their 23-19 home win over Sunday’s Well. The visitors were in control of this game for long periods but poor decision making cost them. Conor O’Brien scored the Well’s try and Fabian Loughrey converted and added four penalties.
All Ireland League Division 1A: Ballynahinch 19, Dublin University 30;
Cork Constitution 12, Clontarf 24;
Lansdowne 52 U.C.C 21;
Terenure College 18, Young Munster 12;
U.C.D. 33, Garryowen 27;
Division 1B: Malone 29, Old Belvedere 42;
Naas 27, Highfield 22;
Navan 14, Old Wesley 50;
Shannon 29, City of Armagh 20;
St. Mary’s College 34, Banbridge 10;
Division 2A: Cashel 22, U.L. Bohemian 15;
Dolphin 29, Queens University 46;
M.U. Barnhall 24, Rainey Old Boys 21;
Nenagh Ormond 19, Buccaneers 36;
Old Crescent 25, Ballymena 17;
Division 2B: Ballina 10, Belfast Harlequins 21;
Blackrock College 33, Galwegians 18;
Dungannon 22, Wanderers 15;
Galway Corinthians 33, Greystones 21;
Malahide 28, Sligo 25;
Division 2C: City of Derry 23, Sunday’s Well 19;
Clonmel 24, Bruff 25;
Midleton 24, Bangor 8;
Omagh Academicals 14, Enniscorthy 17;
Tullamore 23, Skerries 17;