Roundup: AIL – Men’s Division 2A

Queen’s University extend their lead at the top of Energia Men’s All-Ireland League Division 2A, after getting back to winning ways this weekend, they now lead by two points as Buccaneers had their tie canceled due to Covid.

Cashel 24-14 Ballymena, Spafield

Cashel continue their recent run of form as they record back to back wins, winning 24-14 over Ballymena. The Tipperary club looked impressive again fresh off their upset over Queen’s, they were ahead 13-3 in the opening 20 minutes.

The visitors added a penalty to make it 13-6, as they headed to the interval. Shortly after the restart the Ulstermen crossed for their first try, reducing the deficit to two points.

Down to 14 men as the referee had brandished a yellow card, the hosts crossed for their second try of the afternoon, just before the water break to make it 18-11. Both clubs exchanged penalties midway through the half, before Cashel landed another near the end of the half to secure the points.

Dolphin P-P Buccaneers, Musgrave Park

The tie between Dolphin and Bucaneers was postponed due to Covid 19, as both teams were awarded two points each.

MU Barnhall 18-23 Old Crescent, Parsonstown

Barnhall’s current rut of form continues as they fell to Old Crescent this afternoon, despite starting the game well leading 8-0 after half an hour, they suffered defeat right at the death. Ronan McKenna got the opening score for Crescent from the tee in the 33rd minute.

The hosts added a penalty five minutes from the interval to extend their advantage, before McKenna was on hand to land another three pointer, to make it 11-6 at the break. After the restart McKenna cut the gap to two as he made another penalty, but it was Shane Mullally off the bench that made the difference, his converted try making it 16-11.

Barnhall responded in emphatic fashion with a converted try of their own, as they took a two point lead 18-16, into the final few minutes. Right at the end the final act ended in a try for the Shannonsiders scored by Val McDermott, McKenna landed the kick to give the Limerick club and emphatic win.

Nenagh Ormond 15-45 Queen’s University, New Ormond Park.

The league leaders got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion, securing the bonus point to take maximum points. Leading 17-10 at half-time they pushed forward into the second half to secure the win.

Queen’s were left licking their wounds from their dismal display against Cashel, and they made a statement against fellow Tipperary side Nenagh this afternoon, as they remain the pace setters on top.

UL Bohemian 32-24 Rainey Old Boys, UL Arena

UL Bohemian have climbed off the bottom spot in the table, as they were in complete control over the Derry club. The students got over early to lead 7-0, and built on this to cross again making it 19-7 at half time.

Rainey had their own try in the first half and from the restart, they landed a penalty to cut the gap to nine. Bohs added two quick penalties to extend their advantage before Rainey crossed for their second try, making it 25-17.

As Old Boys looked to be coming back into the tie, the Limerick club crossed for a converted effort to make it 32-17. The visitors added a late consolation try to reduce the deficit.

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.

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