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All Ireland League Roundup

9th December 2023 By Leonard Allen

All Ireland League Roundup

A last minute penalty from Shane O’Leary earned Young Munster a 16-13 away win at Ballynahinch. Photo Credit: Inpho

There were victories for all the Munster sides in Division 1A of the Men’s All-Ireland League as Garryowen get themselves in contention for promotion from Division 1B with an away win in Athlone.

In the Women’s All-Ireland League UL Bohemian remain in first place after they received a walk over from Wicklow.

Cork Constitution are still in second place in Division 1A four points adrift of leaders Clontarf, following their 35-25 home win over UCD in an exciting contest at Temple Hill. Billy Crowley scored two of Con’s five tries with James Taylor and Jack Kelleher  getting the others, as well as a penalty try. Taylor kicked four conversions and Te Atawhai Mason added a penalty.

A last minute penalty from Shane O’Leary earned Young Munster a 16-13 away win at Ballynahinch. Aidan Shortall scored Munster’s try and O’Leary converted and kicked three penalties.

Shannon moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a late penalty try which gave them a 14-13 win against bottom side Dublin University on the back pitch in Thomond Park. The visitors led 10-0 at half time. Jack O’Donnell got Shannon’s opening try and Mike Cooke converted.

Both Cork sides lost in Division 1B, as Garryowen defeated Buccaneers 14-0 to move up to sixth a point behind Highfield. Kelvin Langan and Kyle Read scored first half tries for Garryowen and Jack Delaney converted both.

A late rally by Old Wesley saw them come from 19-8 down to defeat Highfield at Woodleigh Park 22-19. Jamie Shanahan and John O’Callaghan scored tries for Highfield, and they were also awarded a penalty try.  Shane O’Riordan kicked one conversion.

UCC have slipped to seventh place after their 38-29 defeat by Naas at the Mardyke. James Wixted, Louis Bruce, Luke McAuliffe, and Jason Aherne scored tries for College. Cian Whooley kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Three Munster clubs lead the way in Division 2A, with Nenagh Ormond in pole position following their 38-5 home win against Greystones. John Healy, Conor McMahon, Joe Coffey, Patrick Scully (2), and Nicky Irwin were the Nenagh try scorers. McMahon added four conversions.

Cashel who are second, five points behind the leaders, had to come from behind to beat Old Crescent 20-6 at Takumi Park. Ronan McKenna gave Crescent a 6-0 lead with two penalties but tries from Jack Evenden, Brendan Ryan, and Kieran Ryan, as well as a conversion and a penalty by Ben Twomey earned Cashel the spoils.

Two tries from Darragh O’Gorman and one by Joe Johnson helped UL Bohemian to a 17-10 away win at Navan. Harry Byrne kicked one conversion.

Three late tries from Alex Pope, Brian O’Mahony and Craig O’Herlihy, all of which Daryl Foley converted were not enough for Dolphin who were beaten 69-21 by leaders Instonians at Musgrave Park in Division 2B.

A last minute try from Rob Browne earned Bruff a 14-10 away win at Tullamore to keep them in the promotion race in Division 2C. Paul Collins scored Bruff’s other try and he also converted both.

Midleton moved ahead of Clonmel with a 19-15 victory at the Towns Park. Jack Colbert and Eoghan Smyth scored tries for Midleton and Colbert kicked three penalties. Conor Horan and Luke Hogan replied with tries for Clonmel, and Josef O’Conor kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Results:

Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A:Ballynahinch 13,Young Munster 16;

Cork Constitution 38,U.C.D. 25;

Lansdowne 27,Clontarf 31;

Shannon 14,Dublin University 13;

Terenure College 29,City of Armagh 17;

Division 1B:Buccaneers 0,Garryowen 14;

Highfield 19,Old Wesley 22;

Old Belvedere 43,Queens University 13;

St. Mary’s College 20,Blackrock College 3;

U.C.C. 29,Naas 38;

Division 2A:Ballymena 14,M.U. Barnhall 12;

Banbridge 17,Malone 31;

Navan 10,U.L. Bohemian 17;

Nenagh Ormond 38,Greystones 5;

Old Crescent 6,Cashel 20;

Division 2B:Belfast Harlequins 12,Wanderers 41;

Corinthians 35,Rainey Old Boys 7;

Dolphin 21,Instonians 69;

Dungannon 20,Malahide 5;

Skerries 14,Sligo 14;

Division 2C:Ballina 47,Bangor 33;

Enniscorthy 20,Clogher Valley 17;

Midleton 19,Clonmel 15;

Omagh Academicals 5,Galwegians 27;

Tullamore 10,Bruff 14;

Energia Women’s All Ireland League: Galwegians ,Cooke ;

Old Belvedere 37,Blackrock College 14;

Railway Union 88,Suttonians 19;

U.L. Bohemian v Wicklow OFF;

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