All Ireland League Roundup
5th December 2021 By Leonard Allen
The All Ireland League produced several local derby games with five of them taking place in Munster.
Young Munster won the Limerick Division 1A derby clash with Garryowen at Tom Clifford Park 20-16 in a thrilling encounter. Dan Walsh put the home side ahead with a try which Evan Cusack converted. Two penalties from Jamie Heuston left it 7-6 in favour of the Cookies at half time.
Cusack extended the lead with a penalty and a try by Conor Hayes converted by Cusack gave the home side an eleven point advantage. Credit to Garryowen they hit back with tries from Dylan Murphy and Colm Quilligan to close the gap to a point, but Cusack clinched it with a penalty in the 79th minute.
The Cork derby at the Mardyke was a more one sided affair with Cork Constitution defeating UCC 45-0. Luke McAuliffe, Paddy Casey and Cathal O’Flaherty all scored two tries each for the Temple Hill side and Tomás Quinlan kicked four conversions. Con’ were also awarded a penalty try.
In Division 1B, leaders Highfield made it eight wins from eight, with a 21-10 home win over a difficult City of Armagh side. Travis Coomey, Chris Bannon and Sam Burns scored tries for Highfield and Jamie Heuston converted all three.
Shannon kept their promotion hopes alive with a 15-12 away win over Malone. Trailing 12-3 at half time, John O’Sullivan kicking a penalty for Shannon, the visitors hit back after the break with a Jordan Prenderville try and a penalty try to take the spoils.
Cashel defeated Dolphin 24-7 to maintain their fourth place in Division 2A. Steve McMahon scored two tries and three penalties for the winners and Ciaran Ryan also added a try.
A last minute penalty earned U.L. Bohemian 29-26 home win over Ballymena to ease their relegation worries.
Old Crescent defeated Nenagh Ormond 30-15 to leave the Tipperary side propping up the table. Kevin O’Flaherty opened the scoring for the home side but tries by Gary Fitzgerald and Val McDermott along with a conversion and two penalties by Ronan McKenna gave Crescent an 18-5 half time lead. Dan Hurley and Eoin Murphy secured the bonus point for the visitors and McKenna converted one of the tries. O’Flaherty and Scott Pearson replied with tries for Nenagh in the second half.
Midleton’s hopes of a top four finish in Division 2C received a setback when they lost away to Omagh Academicals 18-8. The sides were level 3-3 at half time. Stuart Lee kicked a penalty for Midleton and Fionn Bailey scored a try after the interval.
Bruff lost away to Enniscorthy 35-22. Tom O’Dwyer, Fergal Cooke and Jack O’Grady scored tries for Bruff and Paul Collins kicked two conversions and a penalty.
The Tullamore v Clonmel game was called off because of Covid so a 0-0 result is recorded with each side getting two points.
Bottom side Sunday’s Well who trailed 13-6 at half time, came very close to recording their first win, when a third penalty from Eoin Geary and a late try by Fionn Loughrey put the home side ahead but a last minute penalty earned Bangor a 16-14 victory.
The places in the second phase of the Women’s All Ireland League have been decided following leaders Railway Union emphatic home win over Galwegians.
Joining Railway Union in the top section will be U.L. Bohemian, Blackrock College and Old Belvedere. The other remaining sides will play in the bottom section.
U.L. Bohemian won their Munster derby game against Ballincollig at the U.L. Arena 64-5. Alana McInerney scored three tries for the winners, Chloe Pearse and Sarah Quinn got two apiece, Rachel Allen, Aoife Corey and Clodagh O’Halloran got one each. Nicole Cronin kicked five conversions and Rachel Allen two.
Heather Kennedy replied with a late try Ballincollig.
All Ireland League Division 1A: Clontarf 27, Dublin University 7;
Lansdowne 48, U.C.D. 15;
Terenure College 39, Ballynahinch 0;
U.C.C. 0, Cork Constitution 45;
Young Munster 20, Garryowen 16;
Division 1B: Highfield 21, City of Armagh 10;
Malone 12, Shannon 15;
Naas 35, St. Mary’s College 19;
Old Belvedere 32, Navan 12;
Old Wesley 24, Banbridge 14;
Division 2A: Buccaneers 13, M.U. Barnhall 15;
Cashel 24, Dolphin 7;
Nenagh Ormond 15, Old Crescent 30;
Rainey Old Boys 0, Queens University 54;
U.L. Bohemian 29, Ballymena 26;
Division 2B: Ballina 30, Malahide 8;
Belfast Harlequins 30, Wanderers 26;
Blackrock College 29, Dungannon26;
Galwegians 3, Galway Corinthians 23;
Greystones 48, Sligo 17;
Division 2C: Enniscorthy 35, Bruff 22;
Omagh Academicals 18, Midleton 8;
Skerries 41, City of Derry 0;
Sunday’s Well 14, Bangor 16;
Tullamore 0, Clonmel 0;
Women’s All Ireland League: Blackrock College 17, Old Belvedere 7;
Malone 12, Suttonians 13;
Railway Union 72, Galwegians 0;
U.L. Bohemian 64, Ballincollig 5;
Wicklow 18, Cooke 20;