All Ireland League Roundup
9th October 2022 By Leonard Allen
Young Munster won the Limerick derby against Garryowen, as both Cork Constitution and Shannon suffered heavy defeats in Division 1A of the men’s All Ireland League.
Garryowen held the upper hand for most of their trip to Tom Clifford Park, but it was Young Munster that finished the stronger to earn the points on a 26-23 scoreline.
Tony Butler gave Garryowen the lead with a converted try. Evan Cusack hit back with two penalties before Butler extended Garryowen’s advantage with another converted try. Jack Harrington closed the gap to a point with a try which Cusack converted. Butler and Cusack exchanged penalties to leave Garryowen leading 17-16 at halftime. Butler added his second penalty before Munsters took the lead with a penalty try. Butler tied the scores before Cusack kicked his fourth penalty to give the home side victory.
Terenure College led Cork Constitution 47-0 at the interval but tries from Billy Scannell and Greg Higgins and an Aidan Moynihan penalty left the final score 47-12 in Terenure’s favour.
Shannon despite trailing 13-8 away to Ballynahinch with a penalty from Mike Cooke and an Aaron Hehir try, were unable to add to their tally as the hosts ran out 41-8 winners.
U.C.C. and Highfield are joint top in Division 1B, with College having the better points difference to hold the top spot.
Trailing 14 -3 at halftime to City of Armagh, UCC rallied to run out 15-14 winners. Sean Condon and Jacob Sheahan scored second-half tries and Daniel Squires kicked a conversion and a first-half penalty to secure victory.
Highfield had to withstand a second-half rally from Naas before emerging winners 24-22. Cian Bohane scored two tries for Highfield and Richard Cassidy one. James Taylor converted all three tries and also a penalty.
In Division 2A, Queens University remain top with their second bonus-point win over a Munster side as they defeated Old Crescent 36-24 at Takumi Park. Stephen Kelly scored two tries for the home side, and Aaron Cosgrove got one. Ronan McKenna converted all three tries and also added a penalty.
Nenagh Ormond are two points behind leaders Queens University after their narrow 25-24 home win over MU Barnhall. David Gleeson, John Healy, and Josh Rowland scored tries for Nenagh. James Finn kicked two conversions and two penalties.
Cashel moved up to third place with a 32-9 home win over U.L. Bohemian, a result that leaves the Limerick side pointless at the foot of the table. Harry Byrne kicked three penalties for UL Bohs.
Dolphin bounced back from their heavy defeat last week at Queen’s with a 35-8 home win over Blackrock College. James Rochford, Sam Boyle, Ryan Foley, Cameron O’Shaughnessy, and Alex Pope scored tries for Dolphin and Tomas Quinlan converted all five tries.
Sunday’s Well slipped to the foot of Division 2C after their 33-7 away defeat at Midleton. Stuart Lee was Midleton’s star contributing three tries and four conversions to his side’s tally. Gearoid Collins and Rob Hickey also scored tries for the East cork side. Cormac Kelliher replied with a try for the ‘Well and Fabien Loughery converted.
Bruff picked up a bonus point despite losing 50-26 to Tullamore. Warren Loulanting, Paul Collins, Pa Maher and Craig Finn scored tries for Bruff and Collins kicked three conversions.
Clonmel lost away to Omagh Academicals 24-13. Ross Slattery scored a try for the Tipperary side and Dylan Cadogan converted and also added two penalties.
In the Women’s All Ireland League Ballincollig picked up their first points of the campaign when they shared the spoils with Wicklow 10-10 at Tanner Park. Heather Kennedy and Michelle O’Driscoll scored second half tries for Ballincollig.
Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A:Ballynahinch 41, Shannon 8;
Clontarf 27, Lansdowne 19;
Dublin University 38, U.C.D. 24;
Terenure College 47, Cork Constitution 12;
Young Munster 26, Garryowen 23;
Division 1B:Banbridge 14, Old Belvedere 13;
Buccaneers 35, Old Wesley 7;
Naas 22, Highfield 24;
St. Mary’s College 41, Malone 27;
U.C.C. 15, City of Armagh 14;
Division 2A:Ballymena 20, Navan 14;
Cashel 32, U.L. Bohemian 9;
Dolphin 35, Blackrock College 8;
Nenagh Ormond 25, M.U. Barnhall 24;
Old Crescent 24, Queens University 36;
Division 2B:Galwegians 21, Galway Corinthians 58;
Greystones 25, Dungannon 15;
Rainey Old Boys 21, Belfast Harlequins 25;
Sligo 18, Malahide 11;
Wanderers 38, Enniscorthy 22;
Division 2C: Bangor 32, Ballina 26;
Midleton 33, Sunday’s Well 7;
Omagh Academicals 24, Clonmel 13;
Skerries 7, Instonians 43;
Tullamore 50, Bruff 26;
Women’s All Ireland League:Ballincollig 10, Wicklow 10;
Blackrock College 36, Galwegians 19;
Cooke 0, Old Belvedere 65;
Suttonians 5, Railway Union 78;