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All Ireland League Roundup

4th November 2023 By Leonard Allen

All Ireland League Roundup

Bruff came from 26-0 down away to Galwegians to draw 26-26 with a converted try with the last play of the game. Photo Credit: Inpho

Cork Constitution kept their challenge alive in Division 1A of the All Ireland League as three Munster sides set the pace in Division 2A and UL Bohemian go back to the top of the Women’s All Ireland League with a big victory in Ballincollig.

Cork Constitution ended Lansdowne’s unbeaten start to the season with a deserved 23-17 win at Temple Hill. The home side held the upper hand  for most of the contest and had tries from Danny Sheahan and Alessandro Heaney, with James Taylor converting both and adding three conversions.

Young Munster staged a late rally at Tom Clifford Park, to pick up two valuable points in their battle to move away from the relegation zone after they lost to Clontarf 46-39. At one stage the Dublin side led 31-6 but Young Munster hit back with two tries from Gearoid Mulcahy and one each from Kegan Christian-Goss, Harry Fleming and James Horrigan. Shane O’Leary converted four of the five tries as well as two penalties.

Shannon were no match for Ballynahinch at the Ulster venue as they lost 31-5. Will Riley scored Shannon’s try.

In Division 1B, UCC won the Cork derby at the Mardyke, defeating Highfield 23-19 in an exciting contest. Sean Condon, Daniel Squires and Sean Edogbo scored tries for the students, with Squires kicking two conversions and a penalty. Highfield replied with Tries from Miah Cronin, Travis Coomey, and Timothy Duggan. Shane O’Riordan added two conversions.

Garryowen moved out of the relegation places with an 18-12 home win against Old Wesley. Bryan Fitzgerald scored three tries for the Dooradoyle side and Jack Oliver kicked a penalty.

Nenagh Ormond remain on top in Division 2A after their 29-6 win over Old Crescent at Takumi Park. Colm Skehan and Joe Coffey scored tries for Nenagh and Conor McMahon converted both and added five penalties. Ronan McKenna replied with two penalties for the home side.

Cashel remain in second place but four points behind their Tipperary neighbours, after their 19-13 home win over Ballymena. Brendan Crosse scored Cashel’s try and Ben Twomey converted and added four penalties.

UL Bohemian are level on points with Cashel after their 11-9 home win over Greystones. Matt Henry scored the games only try and Harry Byrne and Alan Kiely each kicked a penalty.

Dolphin suffered a heavy 45-17 home defeat by Galway Corinthians and now occupy bottom place in Division 2B. Dolphin were awarded a penalty try and had a try from James Vaughan with Daryl Foley kicking a conversion and a penalty.

Bruff came from 26-0 down away to Galwegians to draw 26-26 with a converted try with the last play of the game. Cillian Rea, Thomas Quigley, Gioacchio Sangiorgi and Ethan Anderson scored tries for Bruff. Sean Kilbridge kicked three conversions.

A late try denied Midleton victory away to Omagh Academicals as thy went down 22-21 Aaron Leahy scored two tries and Idris Rqibi one. Fionn McGibney converted all three tries.

Leaders Clogher Valley proved too strong for Clonmel with a 45-16 home win. Luke Hogan scored a try for Clonmel and Josef O’Connor converted and added three penalties.

UL Bohemian went back to the top of the Women’s All Ireland League after their 69-5 away win at Ballincollig.

The winners ran in 11 tries, with Chisom Ugwueru scoring three, Eilis Cahill and Ciara O’Dwyer got two apiece and Beth Buttimer, Chloe Pearse, Clara Barrett, and Laoise McConigle getting one each. Kate Flannery kicked seven conversions. Michelle O’Driscoll replied with a try for Ballincollig.

Before the game a minutes silence was observed in memory of Donal O’Driscoll a man who was a former coach of Ballincollig and a person who did great work in getting women’s rugby off the ground in Cork and Munster.

Results:

Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A: Ballynahinch 31, Shannon 5;

City of Armagh 25, Dublin University 23;

Cork Constitution 23, Lansdowne 17;

U.C.D. 28, Terenure College 45;

Young Munster 39, Clontarf 44;

Division 1B:Blackrock College 17, Queens University 7;

Buccaneers 19, Old Belvedere 45;

Garryowen 18, Old Wesley 12;

Naas 14, St. Mary’s College 25;

U.C.C. 23, Highfield 19;

Division 2A:Cashel 19, Ballymena 13;

M.U. Barnhall 54, Malone 25;

Navan 14, Banbridge 22;

Old Crescent 6, Nenagh Ormond 29;

U.L. Bohemian 11, Greystones 9;

Division 2B:Belfast Harlequins 30, Skerries 30;

Dolphin 17, Corinthians 45;

Instonians 52, Sligo 19;

Malahide 28, Rainey Old Boys 22;

Wanderers 36, Dungannon 31;

Division 2C:Ballina 26, Tullamore 18;

Bangor 19, Enniscorthy 32;

Clogher Valley 45, Clonmel 16;

Galwegians 26, Bruff 26;

Omagh Academicals 22, Midleton 21;

Women’s All Ireland League: Ballincollig 5, U.L. Bohemian 69;

Old Belvedere 48, Cooke 7;

Suttonians 12, Blackrock College 33;

Wicklow v Railway Union (postponed);

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