All Ireland League Round-Up
26th March 2023 By Leonard Allen
With just two round of games left in the All Ireland Men’s League, it is still all to play for after the weekend games.
Cork Constitution guaranteed their place in the Division 1A semi-finals with a 36-19 win over Shannon at Temple Hill. Luke Masters, Billy Scannell, Niall Keneally, Harry O’Riordan, Dan Hurley, and Aidan Moynihan scored tries for Con’ , with Moynihan kicking three conversions. Shannon replied with tries from Daniel Okeke, Kelvin Brown, and Cian O’Halloran, with two conversions from Mike Cooke.
Young Munster defeated U.C.D. 23-17 at Tom Clifford Park but just need two points from their two final games to book a top-four finish. Ronan O’Sullivan and George Jacobs scored tries for Young Munster. Conor Hayes kicked two conversions and three penalties.
Relegated Garryowen lost 62-0 to Terenure College at Lakelands Park.
In Division1B Highfield gave themselves a great chance of making the playoffs with a 27-7 away win at third-placed Buccaneers. Luke Kingston scored two tries for the Cork side, and Ben Murphy and Cian Bohane got one each. James Taylor kicked two conversions and one penalty.
U.C.C. lost 40-32 away to St. Mary’s College and still need points from their final games to avoid a relegation playoff. Luke McAuliffe scored three tries for the students and Pat McBarron got one. They were also awarded a penalty try. Billy Kiernan kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Nenagh Ormond defeated Cashel on Friday evening at Spafield in Division 2A to take over the top spot for twenty-four hours with a 21-17 victory. Willie Coffey, John O’Flaherty, and Kevin O’Flaherty scored tries for Nenagh. Conor McMahon converted all three tries.
Old Crescent lost 38-24 at home to Blackrock College. The Limerick side were awarded two penalty tries and Lee O’Grady also scored a try. Ronan McKenna added a conversion and a penalty.
A last-minute penalty by Ballymena at Eaton Park denied U.L. Bohemian a share of the spoils as they lost 25-22. To avoid the relegation playoffs UL Bohes are seven points behind Old Crescent but are eight points clear of bottom-side Dolphin.
Dolphin’s hopes of avoiding relegation to Division 2B are looking very grim after their 46-24 home defeat by Navan. Craig O’Connell, Cian Scott, Philip Dowling, and Alex Pope scored tries for Dolphin and Tomas Quinlan kicked two conversions.
Clonmel still remain in fourth place in Division 2C despite losing 38-22 to Tullamore. Luke Hogan (2), and Jason Monua were the Clonmel try scorers. Albert Fronek kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Bruff are in fourth place despite a 30-17 away defeat at Skerries. They are four points adrift of Clonmel. Mark Fitzgerald and Pa Maher scored tries for Bruff. Paul Collins converted both and also added a penalty.
Midleton still remain in the relegation battle after their 27-17 defeat away to Omagh Academicals. Adam Malone scored a try for Midleton and Stuart Lee kicked four penalties.
A last minute converted try denied bottom side Sunday’s Well victory away to Ballina. The Well trailed 21-5 at one stage but hit back with two tries from Jack McHenry and one each by Shane Keevers, Kevin Holland and Ross Taylor to lead 33—21. Jamie O’Leary kicked four conversions, but a late rally saw the home side take the spoils.
In the Women’s AIL Series, UL bohemian kept up their challenge with a 24-7 home win over Wicklow. Chloe Pearse, Stephanie Noonan, Lily Brady, and Kate Flannery scored tries for UL Bohs, with Flannery converting two.
Leaders Railway Union maintained their challenge with a 67-7 away win at Ballincollig. Kelly Griffin scored a try and a conversion for the home side.
Energia All Ireland League Division 1A:Clontarf 24, Ballynahinch 14;
Cork Constitution 36, Shannon 19;
Dublin University 10, Lansdowne 32;
Terenure College 52, Garryowen 0;
Young Munster 23, U.C.D. 17;
Division 1B:Banbridge 35, Malone 29;
Buccaneers 7, Highfield 27;
Naas 25, Old Belvedere 17;
Old Wesley 13, City of Armagh 6;
St. Mary’s College 40, U.C.C. 32;
Division 2A:Ballymena 25, U.L. Bohemian 22;
Cashel 17, Nenagh Ormond 21;
Dolphin 24, Navan 46;
Old Crescent 24, Blackrock College 38;
Queens University 57, M.U. Barnhall 10;
Division 2B:Enniscorthy 17, Malahide 10;
Galwegians 12, Belfast Harlequins 31;
Greystones 24, Galway Corinthians 19;
Rainey Old Boys 17, Sligo 20;
Wanderers 17, Dungannon 26;
Division 2C:Ballina 35, Sunday’s Well 33;
Bangor17 , Instonians 40;
Omagh Academicals 27, Midleton 17;
Skerries 36, Bruff 17;
Tullamore 38, Clonmel 22;
Women’s AIL Cup Series:Ballincollig 7, Railway Union 67;
Cooke 8, Galwegians 49;
Suttonians 5, Old Belvedere 22;
U.L. Bohemian 24, Wicklow 7;