10th December 2022 By Leonard Allen
Young Munster ended Terenure College’s unbeaten run in Division 1A of the All Ireland League, as the cold weather disrupted the weekend’s fixtures with 15 Men’s AIL games being postponed, as well as one Junior League tie.
Trailing 12-3 at half time at Tom Clifford Park, Young Munster staged a dramatic second half recovery to defeat leaders Terenure College 24-18. Dan Walsh, Paulo Leleisiuao, and Shay McCarthy scored second half tries and Evan Cusack converted all three tries, and also kicked a penalty. This result leaves Young Munster just a point outside the play off places at the half way stage.
Clontarf closed the margin on leaders Terenure College to three points, with a bonus point 36-10 win over bottom side Garryowen at Castle Avenue. The hosts led 12-10 at half time. Johnny Keane scored a try for Garryowen, and Jack Delaney converted and also added a penalty.
Division 1B leaders Buccaneers lost their unbeaten record with a 24-21 defeat at Naas.
In a rip-roaring clash at Musgrave Park, Old Crescent defeated Dolphin 31-28 in a Division 2A clash, which saw the lead change hands on six occasions. Dolphin who led 14-7 at half time had tries from Cameron O’Shaughnessy, Dave O’Mahony, and Eamon Mills (2). Tomas Quinlan kicked all four conversions. Ronan McKenna scored two tries and three conversions. Cathal O’Reilly, and Jason Aylward also scored tries with their fifth try coming from a drive by their pack.
In Division 2C, Clonmel remain in fourth place, after their 26-5 home win over Sunday’s Well. This game was moved to the High School CBS all-weather pitch. Jason Munue, Dean Slattery, Dylan Cadogan, and Robbie Wynne scored tries for Clonmel, and Cadogan kicked two penalties. Shane Keevers replied with a consolation try for the ‘Well.
Only one game was played in the Munster Junior League and that was the Section A relegation battle between Crosshaven and Muskerry which finished in a 10-10 draw. Graham Smith, and Jack Kennefick scored tries for Crosshaven. Liam Donovan replied with a try for Muskerry. Ciaran O’Connor converted and also added a penalty.