Roundup: AIL – Men’s Division 1B

Highfield are the only side unbeaten in the Energia Division 1B All-Ireland league, as they ended Old Wesley’s unbeaten record by beating them 20-7.

The table toppers look unstoppable currently after six wins from six but will be wary of complacency as the season progresses.

Highfield 20-7 Old Wesley, Woodleigh Park:

Something had to give at Woodleigh Park, with both teams unbeaten going into the sixth round.

The home side cruised to a comfortable win, courtesy of Cathal Gallagher and Paul Stack’s tries, aided by 10 points from the boot of James Taylor.

Highfield are top with 26 points, whilst Old Wesley are second with 22.

Malone 22-21 Banbridge, Gibson Park:

In an entertaining clash, Malone were victorious by the finest of margins as they secured just their second win of the season, at the expense of bottom side Banbridge.

Malone scored tries from Stewart McKendrick and Aaron Sexton’s brace but were run close by Conor Field’s and Max Lyttle’s touchdowns.

Malone are in eighth with 10 points, whilst Banbridge are bottom and remain winless with just three points.

Naas 17-18 City of Armagh, Forenaughts:

In a mid-table affair, City of Armagh defeated Naas by the finest of margins and move up to fourth to keep tabs with the league’s front runners.

Bryan Croke scored a try for the hosts, aided by 12 points from the boot of Peter Osborne but Andrew Willis’ brace and eight points from Kyle Faloon were enough to secure the visitor’s fourth win of the season.

Naas are in sixth on 12 points, whilst City of Armagh are in fourth on 18 points.

Old Navan 0-0 Shannon, Balreask Old:

The match was called off, meaning each side were awarded two points, leaving Navan in ninth with 10 points and Shannon in fifth with 15 points.

St Mary’s College 24-21 Old Belvedere, Templeville Road:

St Mary’s College kept chasing the top two as they narrowly defeated Old Belvedere at home.

The home side were just victorious through Liam Curran’s, Mick O’Gara’s and Ronan Watter’s touchdowns, aided by nine points from the boot of Conor Dean.

St Mary’s College are in third with 20 points, whilst Old Belvedere are in seventh with 11 points.

I am a Sports Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. During my time at Final Whistle, I have covered the LOI National League, international games and the Women’s National League. Outside of Final Whistle, I am a researcher for World Rugby and a writer for The Rugby Paper.

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