All Ireland League Roundup
2nd April 2023 By Leonard Allen
With just one round of games remaining in the Men’s All Ireland League, some issues have been decided.
Young Munster have qualified for the Division 1A semi-finals despite losing to Garryowen 28-22 at Dooradoyle, as Harry Fleming’s late try for “The Cookies” ensured them a losing bonus point which was all they needed to finish in fourth place. Bailey Faloon and Jack Lyons were Young Munster’s other try scorers. Conor Hayes replied with two conversions and a penalty. Dan Fitzgerald replied with two tries for Garryowen, and Jack Oliver and Tommy O’Hora got one each.
Cork Constitution defeated Terenure College 27-23 to move to within two points of the Dublin side who are currently occupying second place. Eoin Quilter and Harry O’Riordan got two tries each for the Temple Hill side. Aidan Moynihan kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Shannon defeated Ballynahinch 26-10 but are still occupying the relegation play-off place three points behind UCD. Darragh McSweeney, Dan Hurley, Jordan Prenderville, and Aran Hehir scored tries for Shannon and Mike Cooke kicked three conversions
In Division 1B Highfield defeated Naas 21-7 but they still need a point to ensure a place in the playoffs, having failed to secure a four try bonus point. Robert Murphy, Eoin Keating and Mia Cronin were Highfield’s try scorers and James Taylor converted all three.
UCC lost away to City of Armagh 24-20 but their place in this Division next season is not yet secured as they need to beat bottom side Malone in their final game. Luke McAuliffe scored two tries for the students and Ignasi Rodriguez got one. Cian Whooley kicked a conversion and a penalty.
Two tries from Kevin O’Flaherty were not enough for Nenagh Ormond in Division 2A as they lost away to M.U. Barnhall 26-10. This win for Barnhall ensures their place in the playoffs.
Cashel defeated UL Bohemian 33-19 at Annacotty but the result means Cashel cannot finish in the top four, while UL Bohemian will have to settle for a place in the relegation playoffs. Ben Murphy scored two tries for Cashel, Freddie Bergada and Sean O’Connell got one each, and they were also awarded a penalty try. Aidan McDonald kicked two conversions and Ryan O’Sullivan one.
Old Crescent were defeated by leaders Queens University 45-10 in Belfast. Cathal O’Reilly and Michael O’Hanrahan were the try scorers for Old Crescent.
Dolphin lost 40-26 away to Blackrock College and are relegated to Division 2B next season.
In Division 2C, Clonmel still remain in fourth place despite losing at home to Omagh Academicals 26-19. Luke Hogan scored three tries for the Tipperary side and Aidan Hickey converted two of the tries.
Bruff are three points behind Clonmel after their 24-17 home defeat by Tullamore. Andy O’Brien and Shanes Duggan scored tries for Bruff, Paul Collins converted both and also added a penalty.
In a thrilling bottom-of-the-table clash at Musgrave Park, a last-minute penalty gave Sundays Well a 24-23 victory over Midleton before a very large attendance, but it looks now that they will be automatically relegated as the points difference between the sides sees Midleton with a 131 point difference.
Cormac Kelliher scored two tries for the ‘Well and Eoin O’Sullivan got one. Fabien Loughrey converted all three tries as well as the last minute penalty. Stuart Lee, Cillian Lynch and Kyle Read scored tries for Midleton and Lee kicked two penalties and a conversion.
There was no joy for the Munster sides in the Women’s All Ireland Series. Railway Union ended U.L. Bohemian’s unbeaten run with a 55-17 victory and Ballincollig lost 54-7 away to Old Belvedere.
Energia All Ireland League Division 1A:Cork Constitution 27, Terenure College 23;
Garryowen 28, Young Munster 22;
Lansdowne 27, Clontarf 31;
Shannon 26, Ballynahinch 10;
U.C.D. 22, Dublin University 19;
Division 1B:City of Armagh 24, U.C.C. 20;
Highfield 21, Naas 7;
Malone 29, St. Mary’s College 13;
Old Belvedere 27, Banbridge 27;
Old Wesley 40, Buccaneers 10;
Division 2A:Blackrock College , Dolphin ;
M.U. Barnhall , Nenagh Ormond ;
Navan 26, Ballymena 19;
Queens University 45, Old Crescent 10;
U.L. Bohemian 19, Cashel 33;
Division 2B:Belfast Harlequins 20, Rainey Old Boys 22;
Dungannon 22, Greystones 0;
Enniscorthy 7, Wanderers 24;
Galway Corinthians 31, Galwegians 27;
Malahide 24, Sligo 26;
Division 2C:Ballina 27, Bangor 17;
Bruff 17, Tullamore 24;
Clonmel 19, Omagh Academicals 36;
Instonians 45, Skerries 26;
Sunday’s Well 24, Midleton 23;
Women’s All Ireland Series:Cooke 10, Blackrock College 34;
Galwegians 68, Suttonians 12;
Old Belvedere 54, Ballincollig 7;
Railway Union 55, U.L. Bohemian 17;