All Ireland League Roundup
26th February 2023 By Leonard Allen
There were Limerick derby wins for both Shannon and UL Bohemian, as Garryowen are relegated from the top flight of Irish rugby for the second time.
Shannon’s 26-16 away win at Dooradoyle, ended any hope that Garryowen had of staying in Division 1A of the All Ireland League. Dan Hurley, Jordan Prenderville, and Alan Flannery scored tries for Shannon. Mike Cooke kicked three penalties and a conversion. Michael Mbaud scored a try for Garryowen and Tony Butler converted and added three penalties.
A late try denied Cork Constitution victory at Temple Hill as they lost to struggling UCD 34-29 but still remain in third spot. Daniel Hurley, Brendan Quinlan, David Hyland, and Ross O’Neill scored tries for Con’. Aidan Moynihan added a conversion and a penalty, and George Comber kicked two conversions.
Young Munster took another step towards a playoff place with a 21-0 home win over Ballynahinch. Patrick Campbell and Shay McCarthy scored tries for “The Cookies” and they were also awarded a penalty try. Evan Cusack kicked two conversions.
A penalty in the eight minute of added time denied Highfield a home victory over Division 1B leaders City of Armagh as they went down 23-21. Colin O’Neill, Darragh Fitzgerald and Ren murphy scored tries for Highfield and James Taylor converted all three.
UCC lost away to Naas 34-28, but secured a losing bonus point in their bid to avoid a relegation playoff battle.
Nenagh Ormond moved up to third place in Division 2A after their 47-14 away win against Dolphin. The home side who led 14-5 after thirty minutes with tries from Rob Reardon and Barry Fitzgerald, both of which Tomas Quinlan converted. An injury to their captain and scrum half Ryan Foley, saw the visitors get a grip on the game as they ran in six tries with Willie Coffey, Nicky Irwin, Dylan Murphy, Derek Corcoran, John Hayes, and Josh Rowland all scoring. Conor McMahon kicked four conversions and three penalties.
Dolphin are now at the foot of the table after UL Bohemian defeated Old Crescent 18-17 at Takumi Park. Alan Kiely and Ritchie Wallace scored tries for UL Bohs and Harry Byrne kicked a conversion and two penalties. Old Crescent replied with tries from Casey Tanyi and Cathal O’Reilly, with Ronan McKenna converting both and also adding a penalty.
Cashel’s promotion hopes received a set back after they lost away to Ballymena 26-19.
All four Munster sides lost away in Division 2C. Clonmel remain in Fourth place despite their 20-16 defeat at Bangor. Alex Sheehan scored Clonmel’s try and Dylan Cadogan converted and added three penalties.
Bruff lost 27-5 away to Ballina. Shane Duggan scored Bruff’s try.
Midleton were defeated 30-15 by Skerries. Ritchie Daly and Cillian Lynch scored tries for Midleton, and Stuart Lee kicked a penalty and a conversion.
Sunday’s Well lost 66-0 to runaway leaders Instonians.
In the Women’s All Ireland Cup series UL Bohemian proved too strong for Ballincollig running out 74-0 winners.
All Ireland League Division 1A:Cork Constitution 29, U.C.D. 34;
Dublin University 21, Clontarf 38;
Garryowen 16, Shannon 26;
Terenure College 43, Lansdowne 24;
Young Munster 21, Ballynahinch 0;
Division 1B:Banbridge 21, St. Mary’s College 26;
Buccaneers 27, Malone 24;
Highfield 21, City of Armagh 23;
Naas 34, U.C.C. 28;
Old Wesley 31, Old Belvedere 36;
Division 2A:Ballymena 26, Cashel 19;
Blackrock College 44, M.U. Barnhall 29;
Dolphin 14, Nenagh Ormond 47;
Old Crescent 17, U.L. Bohemian 18;
Queens University 46, Navan 15;
Division 2B:Dungannon 14, Malahide 21;
Enniscorthy 26, Galway Corinthians 24;
Galwegians 45, Rainey Old Boys 26;
Greystones 52, Sligo 12;
Wanderers 32, Belfast Harlequins 13;
Division 2C:Ballina 27, Bruff 5;
Bangor 20, Clonmel 16;
Instonians 66, Sunday’s Well 0;
Skerries 30, Midleton 15;
Tullamore 34, Omagh Academicals 13;
Women’s AIL Cup Series:Blackrock College 24, Old Belvedere 10;
Railway Union 38, Galwegians 12;
U.L. Bohemian 74, Ballincollig 0;
Wicklow 32, Cooke 12;