Cork Con go top as UCC lose to Clontarf

Cork Constitution are the new Division 1A leaders after they came from 10 points down to beat Terenure College 13-10 at Lakelands Park today.

The defending champions ended the Dublin side’s winning start to the season under new head coach Seán Skehan. A 72nd-minute penalty try, coupled with a subsequent Aidan Moynihan penalty, saw the visitors claim the spoils in a very closely-fought contest.

A second half brace of tries from Matt D’Arcy guided Clontarf to a hard-fought 27-20 success against table-topping UCC at The Mardyke, a result which saw the college side lose top spot to local rivals Cork Constitution.

Clontarf outscored the students by three tries to two, although the losing bonus point sees UCC slot into second place, with the north Dubliners moving up one spot to fifth in the Division 1A standings.

Garryowen claimed a bonus point in their 25-5 victory over Ballynahinch, which was played in dreadful weather conditions at Dooradoyle.

Three second half tries got the job done for Conan Doyle’s men, who are now back within two points of the top four in Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A.

Dublin University made it back-to-back victories by claiming the scalp of perennial title challengers Lansdowne on the Aviva Stadium’s back pitch as James Fennelly’s late drop goal earned a memorable 13-11 comeback win in the all-Dublin encounter.

UCD and Young Munster played out a 9-9 draw at a blustery Belfield Bowl, where the boots of David Moran and Evan Cusack dominated proceedings with the out-halves contributing three penalty goals each. The result keeps the students in the top four after the league’s opening four rounds.

Division 1A
Garryowen 25 Ballynahinch 5
Lansdowne 11 Dublin University 13
Terenure College 10 Cork Constitution 13
UCC 20 Clontarf 27
UCD 9 Young Munster 9

Division 1B
Naas 27 Malone 38
Navan 0 City Of Armagh 19
Old Belvedere 10 Old Wesley 11
St. Mary’s College 11 Highfield 16
Banbridge 34 Shannon 14

Division 2A
Ballymena 24 UL Bohemians 21
Nenagh Ormond 21 Buccaneers 22
Old Crescent 12 MU Barnhall 27
Queen’s University 15 Cashel 17
Rainey Old Boys 27 Dolphin 9

Division 2B
Blackrock College 19 Galwegians 13
Galway Corinthians 15 Wanderers 22
Greystones 14 Belfast Harlequins 8
Malahide 34 Ballina 13
Sligo 14 Dungannon 10

Division 2C
Bruff 17 Bangor 9
Clonmel 13 Tullamore 13
Omagh 7 Enniscorthy 27
Skerries 27 Midleton 3
Sunday’s Well 27 City of Derry 13

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