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All Ireland League Roundup

14th October 2023 By Leonard Allen

All Ireland League Roundup

Ballincollig recorded their third win of this season's Women's All Ireland League at the weekend.

Shannon won the big Limerick derby game to go top of Division 1A of the All Ireland League, as a last minute try denied Cork Constitution a second bonus point victory, while there were wins for both U.L. Bohemian and Ballincollig in the Women’s AIL.

Despite trailing to an early Donnacha O’Callaghan try, converted by Cian Casey at Tom Clifford Park, Shannon hit back with five converted tries to defeat Young Munster 35-7. Tries by Stephen Kiely, Mike Cooke, and Jade Kriel, all converted by Cooke had Shannon 21-7 ahead at half time. Further tries by Aran Hehir and Cian O’Halloran both converted by Cooke sealed a great win for Shannon.

Cork Constitution staged a late rally coming from 21-7 down to lead 28-24 when Ballynahinch struck with a converted try with the last play of the game to take the points on a 31-28 scoreline. Daniel Hurley, Matthew Bowen, Danny Sheahan, and John Forde scored tries for Cork Con’ and James Taylor converted all four tries.

There was also drama in the Division 1B tie at Stradbrook where a last minute drop goal by Shane O’Riordan earned Highfield a 24-21 away win against Blackrock College. David O’Sullivan scored two tries for Highfield and Travis Coomey got one, with O’Riordan converting all three.

UCC recovered from last week’s opening home defeat  by Blackrock College to defeat Buccaneers 36-20 at Dubarry Park. Louis Bruce, Eanna McCarthy, and Killian Coghlan were the student try scorers. Daniel Squires kicked three conversions and five penalties.

Garryowen defeated Old Belvedere 20-12 at Dooradoyle to claim their first points of the campaign. Jack Delaney scored two tries for Garryowen, and Jack Oliver converted both and also added two penalties.

A last minute try and conversion by Conor McMahon earned Nenagh Ormond a dramatic 17-16 win away at MU Barnhall to go top in Division 2A, Jack Healy and Nick Irwin were Nenagh’s other try scorers.

Cashel moved up to fourth place, level on points with Nenagh after a 40-5 home win over Malone. Jack Evenden, Ben Twomey, Brendan Crosse, Kevin O’Connor, Brendan Ryan, and Josh Pickering were try scorers for Cashel, and Twomey kicked five conversions.

Two converted tries in injury time earned Old Crescent a losing bonus point as they went down to Navan 26-19. Jed O’Dwyer scored two tries for the Limerick side and Posi Obasa got one. Ronan McKenna converted two of the tries.

UL Bohemian picked up maximum points from their 27-10 win over Banbridge at Annacotty. Ihechi Oji, Darragh O’Gorman and Jake O’Riordan were among the UL Bohs try scorers. Harry Byrne kicked two conversions and a penalty.

Dolphin bounced back from their heavy defeat away to Dungannon last week in Division 2B to defeat Belfast Harlequins 21-19 at Musgrave Park.

Bruff came from 21-0 down to defeat Enniscorthy 24-21 in Division 2C with a late penalty by Ethan Anderson. Tom Quigley and Jack O’Grady scored tries for Bruff who were also awarded a penalty try. Etan Anderson converted two tries and kicked one penalty.

Clonmel withheld a late rally to record an impressive 23-17 away win at Bangor. Jason Monua and Jack Walsh scored tries for Clonmel and Josef O’Connor kicked three penalties and two conversions.

Trailing 31-0 approaching halftime, Midleton improved in the second half but lost 41-22 away to Galwegians. Rian Hogan scored two tries for Midleton, and Stephen Monaghan, and Evan Donovan scored tries for Midleton. Jack Colbert kicked one conversion.

UL Bohemian have moved to the top of the Women’s All Ireland League after a 57-5 home win over Cooke. Chisom Ugwueru, Brianna Heylmann, Aoife Corey all scored two tries each for the winners, and Beth Buttimer, Eva McCormack, and Muirne Wall got one apiece. Kate Flannery kicked six conversions.

Ballincollig remain in fourth place after their 18-17 win over Wicklow at Tanner Park. Ciara Fleming, Aoife Fleming and Sinead O’Reilly scored tries for Ballincollig and Shaniqka Wall kicked a penalty.

RESULTS:

Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A:Ballynahinch 31, Cork Constitution 28;

City of Armagh , Lansdowne 29;

Clontarf 20, Terenure College 6;

U.C.D. 35, Dublin University 8;

Young Munster 7, Shannon 35;

Division 1B:Blackrock College 21, Highfield 24;

Buccaneers 20, U.C.C. 36;

Garryowen 23, Old Belvedere 12;

Naas 35, Queens University 50;

Old Wesley 22, St. Mary’s College 38;

Division 2A:Cashel 40, Malone 5;

Greystones 22, Ballymena 19;

M.U. Barnhall 16, Nenagh Ormond 17;

Navan 26, Old Crescent 19;

U.L. Bohemian 27, Banbridge 10;

Division 2B:Dolphin 21, Belfast Harlequins 19;

Instonians 26, Corinthians 21;

Malahide 33, Skerries 3;

Sligo 45, Dungannon 20;

Wanderers 58, Rainey Old Boys 24;

Division 2C:Bangor 17, Clonmel 23;

Bruff 24, Enniscorthy 21;

Clogher Valley 35, Tullamore 15;

Galwegians 41, Midleton 22;

Omagh Academicals 34, Ballina 7;

Women’s All Ireland League:Ballincollig 18, Wicklow 17;

Blackrock College 55, Galwegians 5;

U.L. Bohemian 57, Cooke 5;

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