Roundup: AIL – Men’s Division 2B

Matchday 2 of Division 2B of the All Ireland League was another entertaining one with the table starting to take shape.

The game of the week happened in Mayo with Ballina and Blackrock College drawing 36-36 in a highly entertaining clash. The spectators were treated to a 14-try game with Ballina’s Billy McVann, Luke Sweeney, Marc Feeley, Fergal Tully, Calum Quinn and Daniel Molloy securing the bonus point for the hosts. Ballina travel north to face Belfast Harlequins while Blackrock College return to Connacht to face Galwegian next weeks.

Dungannon secured their first win of the AIL campaign with a hard fought bonus point victory over Sligo at Stevenson Park. Lewis McCrabbe, John Russell and a double from John’s brother Samuel ensured the win for the Tyrone side. Sligo led 10-3 at the interval thanks to a try from Stefano Giantorno and five points from the boot of Euan Brown but a hard hitting Dungannon defence kept the Sligo men out during the second half to give them a valuable win.

Galway Corinthians also secured their first win of the new season with a narrow 19-17 victory over Belfast Harlequins. Corinthians fantastic first half performance put them 16-0 after 40 minutes played with tries coming from, Matthew Devine and Adam Nash as well as two penalties from Dylan Keane giving Tribesmen the advantage at the break. Two second half penalty tries for Quins did make for a nervy finish to the game for Corinthians but they held out to secure an important victory. Galway Corinthians face a difficult fixture next week away to high flying Greystones while Belfast Harlequins host Ballina.

Greystones made it two bonus point victories from two with a 50-7 win away to Malahide. Eoin Marmion, Ferdia Kenny, Matt O’Brien and two from the ever dangerous Danny Kenny and Killian Marmion sent Greystones to the top of the league table. Greystones host Galway Corinthians next week at Dr.Hickey Park while Malahide go searching for their first win of the League campaign away to Sligo.

Wanderers bagged their first win of the AIL season with a high scoring bonus point victory over Galwegians at Merrion Road. The Dublin side won by an impressive score of 46-13 over Galwegians and host Ulster side Dungannon next weekend while Galwegians host Blackrock College at Crowley Park.

Greystones sit three points clear at the top of Division 2B on ten points with Blackrock College and Wanderers behind in second and third respectively while Malahide sit rock bottom still searching for their first win.

Luke is a final year Journalism student in DCU. He is a Sports Reporter for Wicklow People Sport and FinalWhistle.ie.

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