All-Ireland League Division 1A showed its unpredictability as four clubs in the bottom half posted wins, including bottom side Terenure College’s thrilling 35-26 upset of second-placed Lansdowne at Lakelands Park.
Talented young centre Adam La Grue crossed for a try and his fleet footwork set up Jake Swaine’s second of the game as five-try Terenure boosted their survival hopes. In the process, they spoiled Lansdowne out-half Scott Deasy’s 100th league appearance and put a dent in the visitors’ drive for a home semi-final.
Lansdowne’s disappointment was lessened by news of leaders Cork Constitution’s surprise 27-22 loss at home to UCD who are back within five points of the top four. Two of the students’ five tries were scored by former Gonzaga College captain Andy Marks as they ended Con’s eight-match winning streak with a brilliant bonus point display.
With Garryowen losing Friday’s derby to a Shane Airey-inspired Young Munster, third-placed Clontarf were the only top-four team to win over the weekend. Centres Matt D’Arcy and Sean O’Brien both touched down in ‘Tarf’s 36-29 bonus point victory over UCC, while hooker Joe Horan’s 64th-minute maul try steered in-form Dublin University to a 27-24 bonus point triumph at Shannon which moves them into fourth place.
There are new leaders yet again in Division 1B with Old Wesley hitting the summit after hammering Ballymena 57-7 at Eaton Park where their bench claimed four of their eight tries. Ballynahinch returned to the top four with a rousing comeback from 14 points down to win 18-17 at Banbridge. Richard Reaney kicked crucial penalties after 65 and 70 minutes.
First half tries from Connacht pair Conan O’Donnell and Eoghan Masterson set up Buccaneers’ 24-17 bonus point success against former leaders St. Mary’s. Peter Osborne’s 84th-minute penalty knocked Malone off top spot and handed Naas their first win in three rounds (22-20), and Jack Keating, the division’s leading try scorer, grabbed his ninth of the season in Old Belvedere’s impressive 29-5 bonus point dismissal of City of Armagh.
ALL-IRELAND LEAGUE – WEEKEND RESULTS:
CLONTARF 36 UCC 29, Castle Avenue
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Matt D’Arcy, Michael Courtney, Conor Kelly, Royce Burke-Flynn, Sean O’Brien; Cons: David Joyce 4; Pen: David Joyce
UCC: Tries: Michael Clune, Daire Feeney, Ryan Murphy, James Taylor; Cons: James Taylor 3; Pen: James Taylor
HT: Clontarf 21 UCC 7
CLONTARF: Jack Power; Michael Courtney, Sean O’Brien, Matt D’Arcy, Ariel Robles; David Joyce, Angus Lloyd; Ivan Soroka, Declan Adamson, Royce Burke-Flynn, Cormac Daly, Ben Reilly, Tony Ryan, Adrian D’Arcy, Michael Noone (capt).
Replacements: Connor Johnson, Ruadhan Byron, Niall Carson, Peter Hoy, Conor Kelly, Mark O’Sullivan.
UCC: Rob Hedderman; Michael Clune, Cian Bohane, Peter Sylvester, Matt Bowen; James Taylor, John Poland; Shane O’Hanlon, Paidi McCarthy, Bryan O’Connor, Cian Barry, Andrew Davies, Daire Feeney (capt), Lee McSherry, Ryan Murphy.
Replacements: Harry Jephson, Daragh Fitzgerald, Cian Fitzgerald, Mark Bissessar, Tom Fitzgerald.
CORK CONSTITUTION 22 UCD 27, Temple Hill
Scorers: Cork Constitution: Tries: Sean French 3; Cons: Aidan Moynihan 2; Pen: Aidan Moynihan
UCD: Tries: Nick Peters, Paul Kiernan, Andy Marks 2, Bobby Sheehan; Con: Conall Doherty
HT: Cork Constitution 10 UCD 15
CORK CONSTITUTION: Liam O’Connell; JJ O’Neill, Sean French, Greg Higgins, Rob Jermyn; Aidan Moynihan, Duncan Williams; Brendan Quinlan, Jack McHenry, Dylan Murphy, Brian Hayes, Conor Kindregan, Sean Duffy, Ross O’Neill, Evan Mintern.
Replacements: Gavin Duffy, Patrick Casey, James Murphy, Jason Higgins, Jack Costigan.
UCD: Conall Doherty; Andy Marks, Paul Kiernan, Stephen Murphy, Tim Carroll; Matthew Gilsenan, Nick Peters; Sam Griffin, Bobby Sheehan, Liam Hyland, Brian Cawley, Tom Treacy, Jonny Guy, Alex Penny (capt), Ronan Foley.
Replacements: Richie Bergin, Evin Coyle, Cian Prendergast, Tom Foley, Dave Ryan.
SHANNON 24 DUBLIN UNIVERSITY 27, Thomond Park back pitch
Scorers: Shannon: Tries: Tony Cusack 2, Eathon Moloney, Pa Ryan; Cons: Fionn McGibney 2
Dublin University: Tries: Max Kearney, Ronan Quinn, James Hickey, Joe Horan; Cons: Micheal O’Kennedy 2; Pen: Micheal O’Kennedy
HT: Shannon 12 Dublin University 17
SHANNON: Jamie McGarry; Jack O’Donnell, Pa Ryan, Robbie Deegan, Eathon Moloney; Fionn McGibney, Aran Hehir; Conor Glynn, Jordan Prenderville, Tony Cusack, Ronan Coffey, Jade Kriel (capt), Luke Moylan, Charlie Carmody, Colm Heffernan.
Replacements: Ty Chan, Sam Karlsen, Thomas Ahern, Ruairi Karlsen, Ben Daly.
DUBLIN UNIVERSITY: Colm Hogan (capt); Cian Crotty, James Hickey, Philip Murphy, Ronan Quinn; Micheal O’Kennedy, Rowan Osborne; Giuseppe Coyne, Joe Horan, Aziz Naser, Ryan Baird, Arthur Greene, Johnny McKeown, Max Kearney, Niall O’Riordan.
Replacements: George Downing, Dylan Doyle, Reuben Pim, Conor Lowndes, James Fennelly, Bart Vermeulen.
TERENURE COLLEGE 35 LANSDOWNE 26, Lakelands Park
Scorers: Terenure College: Tries: Conor Kelly, Adam La Grue, Stephen Caffrey, Jake Swaine 2; Cons: James Thornton 2; Pens: James Thornton 2
Lansdowne: Tries: Penalty try, Joe O’Brien, Ian Prendiville, Peter Sullivan; Cons: Scott Deasy 2, Pen try con
HT: Terenure College 12 Lansdowne 7
TERENURE COLLEGE: Tim Schmidt; Jake Swaine, Adam La Grue, Stephen O’Neill, Conor Kelly; James Thornton, Jamie Glynn; Conor McCormack, Robbie Smyth, Jack Aungier, Michael Melia (capt), Stephen Caffrey, Harrison Brewer, Paddy Thornton, Eoin Joyce.
Replacements: Risteard Byrne, Tiarnan Creagh, Matthew Caffrey, Erik Wijten, Mark O’Neill.
LANSDOWNE: Eamonn Mills (capt); Daniel McEvoy, Harry Brennan, Tom Roche, Peter Sullivan; Scott Deasy, Tim Murphy; Martin Mulhall, James Rael, Ian Prendiville, Willie Earle, David O’Connor, Jack O’Sullivan, Aaron Conneely, Joe O’Brien.
Replacements: Ntinga Mpiko, Greg McGrath, Tom Murphy. James Kenny, Conor Murphy.
YOUNG MUNSTER 12 GARRYOWEN 10, Tom Clifford Park (played on Friday)
Scorers: Young Munster: Pens: Shane Airey 4
Garryowen: Try: Peadar Collins; Con: Peadar Collins; Pen: Peadar Collins
HT: Young Munster 6 Garryowen 10
YOUNG MUNSTER: Alan Tynan; Conor Phillips, Jack Harrington, Luke Fitzgerald, Darragh O’Neill; Shane Airey, Jack Lyons; Conor Bartley, Ger Slattery, Keynan Knox, Tom Goggin, Alan Kennedy (capt), Conor Mitchell, Diarmaid Dee, John Foley.
Replacements: Shane Fenton, David Begley, Fintan Coleman, Derek Corcoran, Stephen Kerins.
GARRYOWEN: Andrew O’Byrne; Liam Coombes, Peadar Collins, Dave McCarthy, Cian O’Shea; Jamie Gavin, Rob Guerin; Mike O’Donnell, Liam Cronin, Andy Keating, Kevin Seymour, Dean Moore (capt), Tim Ferguson, Diarmuid Barron, Sean Rennison.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Niall Horan, Alan Fitzgerald, Mikey Wilson, Bryan Fitzgerald, Harry Byrne.
BALLYMENA 7 OLD WESLEY 57, Eaton Park
Scorers: Ballymena: Try: Connor Smyth; Con: Tim Small
Old Wesley: Tries: Cronan Gleeson, Paul Harte, Paul Derham, Charlie O’Regan, Andrew McCrann, Darren Horan, David Poff, Josh Miller; Cons: Rory Stynes 7; Pen: Rory Stynes
HT: Ballymena 7 Old Wesley 15
BALLYMENA: Tim Small; Glenn Baillie, Paddy James, Darrell Montgomery, Matthew Norris; Bruce Houston, Michael Stronge; Nacho Cladera Crespo, Jonny Spence, Chris Cundell, David Whann, Connor Smyth, Connor White, Marcus Rea (capt), Phil Campbell.
Replacements: Andrew Ferguson, Josh Bill, Jonny Brown, Dean Reynolds, Jordan Foster.
OLD WESLEY: Rory Stynes; Tommy O’Callaghan, Alan Gaughan, James O’Donovan, Paul Harte (capt); Tim Clifford, Charlie O’Regan; Ciaran McHugh, Ben Burns, Cronan Gleeson, JJ O’Dea, Iain McGann, Conor Barry, Josh Pim, Paul Derham.
Replacements: Andrew McCrann, Harry Noonan, Darren Horan, Josh Miller, David Poff.
BANBRIDGE 17 BALLYNAHINCH 18, Rifle Park
Scorers: Banbridge: Tries: Caleb Montgomery, Hugo Harbinson; Cons: Ian Porter 2; Pen: Ian Porter
Ballynahinch: Tries: Aaron Cairns, Ross Adair; Con: Richard Reaney; Pens: Richard Reaney 2
HT: Banbridge 14 Ballynahinch 12
BANBRIDGE: Adam Doherty; Conor Field, Andrew Morrison, Jonny Little, Hugo Harbinson; Josh Cromie, Ian Porter; Michael Cromie (capt), Jonny Murphy, Stuart Cromie, Alex Thompson, Robin Sinton, Caleb Montgomery, Ethan Harbinson, Stevie Irvine.
Replacements: Peter Cromie, Corrie Barrett, Matthew Laird, Aaron Kennedy, Adam Ervine.
BALLYNAHINCH: Ross Adair; Richard Reaney, Robin Harte, Rory Butler, Aaron Cairns (capt); Ryan Wilson, Rhys O’Donnell; Jonny Blair, Zack McCall, Tom O’Toole, John Donnan, James Simpson, Jack Regan, Keith Dickson, Conall Boomer.
Replacements: Claytan Milligan, Ben Cullen, Bradley Luney, Paddy Wright, James McBriar, Connor Phillips.
BUCCANEERS 24 ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 17, Dubarry Park
Scorers: Buccaneers: Tries: Conan O’Donnell, Eoghan Masterson, Rory O’Connor, Corey Reid; Cons: Luke Carty 2
St. Mary’s College: Tries: Ruairi Shields, Craig Kennedy, Marcus O’Driscoll; Con: Paddy O’Driscoll
HT: Buccaneers 17 St. Mary’s College 5
BUCCANEERS: Callum Boland; Rory O’Connor, Corey Reid, Kieran Joyce, Shane Layden (capt); Luke Carty, Frankie Hopkins; Conan O’Donnell, John Sutton, Conor Kenny, Peter Claffey, Ruairi Byrne, Rory Moloney, Eoghan Masterson.
Replacements: Martin Staunton, Rory Grenham, Evan Galvin, Graham Lynch, Michael Hanley.
ST. MARY’S COLLEGE: Ruairi Shields; Hugo Conway, Myles Carey, Marcus O’Driscoll (capt), Craig Kennedy; Conor Dean, Paddy O’Driscoll; Tom O’Reilly, Richie Halpin, Michael McCormack, Hugo Diepman, Daragh McDonnell, Daniel Lyons, Nick McCarthy, Mark Fallon.
Replacements: Stephen O’Brien, Padraig Dundon, Sean Heeran, Tim MacMahon, Darren Moroney, Eanna Clynes.
NAAS 22 MALONE 20, Forenaughts
Scorers: Naas: Tries: Peter Hastie, Andy Ellis, Fionn Higgins; Cons: Peter Osborne 2; Pen: Peter Osborne
Malone: Tries: Peter Cooper, Ricky Greenwood; Cons: Mark O’Connor 2; Pens: Mark O’Connor 2
HT: Naas 14 Malone 0
NAAS: Fionn Carr; Ben O’Connor, Andy Ellis, Johne Murphy, Fionn Higgins; Peter Hastie, Peter Osborne; Jordan Duggan, Grahan Reynolds, Adam Coyle, Paul Monahan, David Benn, James Connolly, Will O’Brien, Paulie Tolofua (capt).
Replacements: Conor Doyle, Jack Barry, Ryan Casey, Niall Delahunt, Richard Fahy.
MALONE: Andy Bryans; Rory Campbell, Josh Pentland, Nathan Brown, Mark O’Connor; Callum Smith, Shane Kelly; Peter Cooper, Dan Kerr, Ricky Greenwood, Ryan Clarke, Michael Shiels, Dave Cave, Ross Todd (capt), Joe Dunleavy.
Replacements: Ben Halliday, Josh Davidson, James McAllister, Connor Spence, Chris Jordan.
OLD BELVEDERE 29 CITY OF ARMAGH 5, Anglesea Road
Scorers: Old Belvedere: Tries: Ed Rossiter, Peter O’Beirne, Jack Keating, Steve Crosbie; Cons: Steve Crosbie 3; Pen: Steve Crosbie
City of Armagh: Try: Shea O’Brien
HT: Old Belvedere 22 City of Armagh 0
OLD BELVEDERE: Joe White; Jack Keating, Tom Molony, Ben Carty, Fergus Flood; Steve Crosbie (capt), Peter O’Beirne; James Bollard, Ed Rositter, Roman Salanoa, Jack Kelly, Connor Owende, Eoin Sweeney, Eoin O’Neill, Karl Miller.
Replacements: John McKee, Adam Howard, Gerard Hill, David Butler, Jamie McAleese.
CITY OF ARMAGH: Tim McNiece; Evin Crummie, Chris Colvin (capt), Chris Cousens, Shea O’Brien; Cormac Fox, Gerard Treanor; Paul Mullen, Jack Treanor, John Clark, Peter Starrett, Josh McKinley, James Hanna, Nigel Simpson, Neil Faloon.
Replacements: Matthew Nelson, Simon Carlisle, James Morton, Jonny Pollock, Harry Doyle.
Cashel 56 Blackrock College 19, Spafield
Dolphin 46 Nenagh Ormond 17, Irish Independent Park
Navan 17 Highfield 12, Balreask Old
Old Crescent 35 Galwegians 22, Rosbrien
Queen’s University 35 UL Bohemians 3, Dub Lane
Galway Corinthians 55 Skerries 38, Corinthian Park
MU Barnhall 20 Dungannon 13, Parsonstown
Greystones 28 Belfast Harlequins 26, Dr. Hickey Park
Rainey Old Boys 12 Sligo 16, Hatrick Park
Wanderers 17 Sunday’s Well 13, Merrion Road
Ballina 28 Seapoint 22, Heffernan Park
Bruff 25 Bangor 11, Kilballyowen Park
City of Derry 27 Malahide 45, Craig Thompson Stadium, Judge’s Road
Midleton 22 Thomond 17, Towns Park
Tullamore 26 Omagh 21, Spollanstown