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All Ireland League Roundup

19th November 2023 By Leonard Allen

All Ireland League Roundup

Cork Con earned a win over Dublin University in Division 1A of the Men's All Ireland League at the weekend. Photo Credit: Colbert O'Sullivan

Cork Constitution narrowed the gap to a point with leaders Clontarf in Division 1A of the Men’s All Ireland League, as UL Bohemian snatched a dramatic win at home to Railway Union in the top game in the Women’s All Ireland League  to extend their lead to four points.

At Temple Hill, Cork Constitution cruised past bottom side Dublin University with a 33-5 victory. Con’ led 14-0 at half time and had two tries from Billy Crowley, and one each from John Forde, Billy Scannell and Adam Maher. Te Atawhai Mason kicked three conversions and James Taylor one.

Young Munster moved out of the relegation zone with a 13-6  home win over Terenure College. A penalty from Shane O’Leary gave the Limerick side a 3-0 interval lead. Tries from Stephen McLoughlin and Donnchadh O’Callaghan ensured victory for “The Cookies” over the defending league champions.

Shannon dropped into the relegation zone after they suffered a 42-12 away defeat by Lansdowne. Lee Nicholas and Luke Rigney scored tries for Shannon and Mike Cooke added one conversion.

In Division 1B, UCC moved up to fourth place when they won their Colours game 29-27 against Queens University at the Mardyke. Jacob Sheahan, Darragh French, Jack O’Sullivan and Danny McCarthy scored tries for the Cork students. Daniel Squires converted three of the tries and also added a penalty.

Highfield slipped out of the playoff places after they lost at home to Old Belvedere 29-14. Mark Dorgan scored a try for Highfield which Shane O’Riordan converted, and they were also awarded a penalty try.

Garryowen suffered a 31-22 defeat by leaders St. Mary’s College at Dooradoyle. Oisin Cooke, Mikey Veale and Johnny Keane scored tries for Garryowen. Jack Oliver kicked a conversion and a penalty, and Jack Delaney also added a conversion.

Nenagh Ormond extended their lead at the top of Division 2A with a 39-3 home win over Banbridge. Josh Rowland and Ben Pope each scored two tries, with Willie Coffey and Paudie Burke getting one apiece. Conor McMahon kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Cashel remain in second place after their 24-19 away win at M.U. Barnhall. Brendan Crosse and Jamie Ryan were the Cashel try scorers. They were also awarded a penalty try. Ben Twomey kicked two conversions and a penalty.

UL Bohemian moved up to fourth place after their 16-12 home win against Ballymena. Liam Neilan scored the winners try and Harry Byrne converted and added two penalties.

Old Crescent are in fifth place, three points behind UL Bohs, following their 33-15 home win over Malone. Dean O’Grady, Evan Conlon, Joe Rickard, Jed O’Dwyer, and Michael Hanrahan were Crescent’s try scorers. Ronan McKenna converted four of the tries.

Dolphin are still bottom of Division 2B despite their 25-24 win over Sligo at Musgrave Park. Cillian Ansbro and Alex Pope were among the Dolphin try scorers. Daryl Foley kicked two penalties and two conversions.

Bruff had to withstand a second half come back from Omagh Academicals before maintaining their challenge with a 20-15 away victory. Conor Fitzpatrick and Cillian Rea scored tries for Bruff and Paul Collins converted both and also added two penalties to give the Limerick side a 20-3 interval lead.

Clonmel travelled to Ballina and came away with a hard earned 27-23 victory to move up to fifth place. Conor Hogan, Conor Horan, and Henry Buttimer were Clonmel’s try scorers. Josef O’Conor kicked three conversions and two penalties.

Midleton were disappointed to have lost a tight game away to Tullamore on a 32-26 scoreline but did come away with two points. Mark Corby, Aaron Leahy, Evan Donovan scored tries for Midleton and Fionn McGibney kicked two conversions. They were also  awarded a penalty try.

In the top of the table clash in the Women’s All Ireland League Railway Union who led UL Bohemian 7-0 at half  time, lost for the second successive week when they went down at Annacotty 10-7. Eilis Cahill scored the Limerick side’s try and Kate Flannery converted and also added a penalty.

Old Belvedere kept up their challenge with a 50-0 away win at Ballincollig.

RESULTS:

Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A:Ballynahinch 24, Clontarf 24;

City of Armagh 18, U.C.D. 25;

Cork Constitution 33, Dublin University 5;

Lansdowne 42, Shannon 12;

Young Munster 13, Terenure College 6;

Division 1B:Blackrock College 32, Naas 29;

Buccaneers 9, Old Wesley 3;

Garryowen 22, St. Mary’s College 31;

Highfield 14, Old Belvedere 29;

U.C.C. , Queens University 27;

Division 2A:M.U. Barnhall 19, Cashel 24;

Navan 20, Greystones 5;

Nenagh Ormond 39, Banbridge ;

Old Crescent 33, Malone 15;

U.L. Bohemian 16, Ballymena 12;

Division 2B:Belfast Harlequins 7, Rainey Old Boys 29;

Dolphin 25, Sligo 24;

Instonians 35, Dungannon 7;

Malahide 20, Wanderers 30;

Skerries 3, Corinthians 40;

Division 2C:Ballina 23, Clonmel 27;

Clogher Valley 29, Bangor 16;

Galwegians 22, Enniscorthy 13;

Omagh Academicals 15, Bruff 20;

Tullamore 32, Midleton 26;

Women’s All Ireland League: Ballincollig 0, Old Belvedere 50;

Cooke 0, Blackrock College 65;

U.L. Bohemian 10, Railway Union 7;

Wicklow 5, Galwegians 12;

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