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All Ireland League Roundup

21st January 2024 By Leonard Allen

All Ireland League Roundup

There were big wins for Cork Constitution and Young Munster in Division 1A of the All Ireland League, as Garryowen moved into a playoff place in Division 1B.

Despite a slow start at Belfield, Cork Constitution claimed maximum points against UCD. to move to within four point of leaders Clontarf with a 34-24 victory. Billy Scannell scored two tries for the winners, and Daniel Hurley and Rob Hedderman got one each. James Taylor kicked four conversions and a penalty. George Coomber also added a penalty.

Young Munster who trailed Ballynahinch 22-7 at one stage, came with a late rally to win 26-25 at Tom Clifford Park. Cian Casey, Keynan Knox, Donnchadh O’Callaghan and Stephen Mcloughlin scored tries for “The Cookies” and Casey added three conversions.

Dublin University won their first game of the campaign with a 28-9 win over Shannon at College Park. Mike Cooke kicked three penalties for Shannon.

In Division 1B Garryowen who trailed Buccaneers at Dooradoyle 17-7 at half time, ran out comfortable 33-17 winners to move up to fourth place. Donnacha Byrne scored two of Garryowen’s five tries, and Colm Quilligan, Colm Hogan and Dylan Hicks were the other try scorers. Jack Oliver kicked four conversions.

Highfield dropped out of the playoff places following their 38-17 defeat by Old Wesley at Energia Park. Ben Murphy, Ryan Murphy, and Richard Cassidy scored tries for Highfield, and Shane O’Riordan added one conversion.

UCC suffered a 36-24 defeat away to Naas. Tom Coughlan, Peter O’Sullivan, and Louis Bruce scored tries for College. Cian Whooley converted the three tries and also added a penalty.

Nenagh Ormond were pushed all the way by Greystones at Dr. Hickey Park as they maintained their lead at the top of Division 2A with a 15-12 victory. John Healy and Evan Murphy scored tries for the Tipperary side and Conor McMahon kicked a conversion and a penalty.

Cashel remain in second place after their hard earned 19-13 home win against Old Crescent. Cathal Ryan and Tom Tobin scored tries for Cashel, and Ben Twomey kicked three penalties. Ronan McKenna replied with a try, conversion and two penalties for the visitors.

UL Bohemian  defeated Navan 26-17 to hold on to fourth place at Annacotty. John Foley, Paul Clancy and Tim Cullen were “The Robins” try scorers. They were also awarded a penalty try and Harry Byrne kicked two conversions.

Division 2B leaders Instonians defeated Dolphin 86-7 at Shaws Bridge. James Vaughan was credited with Dolphin’s try.

A last minute converted try by Tullamore denied Bruff the points in Division 2C as they shared the spoils in a 20-20 draw. Cal McCarthy and Cillian Rea scored tries for Bruff and Paul Collins converted both and also kicked two penalties.

An injury time penalty by Josef O’Connor helped Clonmel to a 17-14 victory at home to Midleton. Seamus Keating scored Clonmel’s try, and O’Connor added four penalties. Johannes du Toit replied with two tries for Midleton and Stuart Lee converted.

Results:’

Men’s All Ireland League Division 1A:City of Armagh 13,Terenure College 37;

Clontarf 26,Lansdowne 29;

Dublin University 38,Shannon 9;

U.C.D. 24,Cork Constitution 34;

Young Munster 26,Ballynahinch 25;

Division 1B:Blackrock College 25,St. Mary’s College 24;

Garryowen 33,Buccaneers 17;

Naas 36,U.C.C. 24;

Old Wesley 38,Highfield 17;

Queens University 19,Old Belvedere 22;

Division 2A:Cashel 19,Old Crescent 13;

Greystones 12,Nenagh Ormond 15;

M.U. Barnhall 19,Ballymena  22;

Malone 17,Banbridge 12;

U.L. Bohemian 26,Navan 17;

Division 2B:Instonians 86,Dolphin 7;

Malahide 15,Dungannon 13;

Rainey Old Boys 16,Corinthians 10;

Sligo 29,Skerries 5;

Wanderers 32,Belfast Harlequins 17;

Division 2C:Bangor 31,Ballina 14;

Bruff 20,Tullamore 20;

Clogher Valley 32,Enniscorthy 19;

Clonmel 17,Midleton 14;

Galwegians 43,Omagh Academicals 8;

Women’s Energia Cup Series: Ballincollig 5,Wicklow 20;

Cooke 21,Galwegians 17;

U.L. Bohemian 28,Suttonians 0; (Suttonians Conceded)

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