Clontarf’s long 20 game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Young Munster on Saturday. Terenure College did Terenure college things when they beat Ballynahinch and UCD finally got their first win against Garryowen.
Young Munster 24-19 Clontarf, Tom Clifford Park
The Cookies became the first team to beat Clontarf in the AIL in over a year. Munsters second half defensive effort kept Tarf scoreless in this period.
Andy Wood’s men came into the contest as strong favourites and at one stage they looked comfortably in the driving seat with a 13-point advantage. Out half Conor Kelly kicked 11 first half points from the tee with Cian O’Donoghue getting their only try of the game.
The Limerick side did a great job in grinding down their opponents. Gearoid Prendergast’s would have been delighted with their performance. A great Pa Ryan individual try and a Dan Walsh pick and go along with a penalty try capped off a shock win in Limerick.
Young Munster sit just outside the top 4 places now.
Terenure College 38-21 Ballynahinch, Lakelands Park
The results have nearly become a foregone conclusion where Terenure College are concerned. Still no team has got even close to beating them this season.
Sean Skehan’s troops find themselves now 4 points clear at the top of the table. Luke Clohessy scored a well worked maul try and their second came a few minutes later with lock Matthew Caffrey storming over after a brilliant Harrison Brewer offload. Scrum half Alan Bennie scored their third try of the half.
Claytan Milligan touched down the ball from the back of the maul to get Hinch’s only try in the opening 40 minutes.
The ever dangerous Colm De Buitléar got Nure’s bonus point try early in the second half. Sean McNulty scored a brace of tries to complete their scoring.
The Ulsterman gave a better account of themselves in the second half. influential playmaker George Pringle scored out wide with Aaron Cairns got a late try.
We say it every week, but Nure literally look unstoppable.
Dublin University 34-28 Shannon , College Park
Trinity got back to winning ways despite the valiant efforts of an improving Shannon side.
The students got off to an impressive start. Captain Louis O’Reilly finished off a brilliant move that initially started with the break of James Dillon. Second row Harry Sheridan put in a player of the match performance. He was involved in the lead up to their second try, that one was touched down by Diarmuid McCormack. They led 17-0 at one point.
Shannon fought back well. A brilliant offload from Munster Academy scrum half Ethan Coughlan got winger Aran Herir over from close range. They got their second after a great Killian Dineen cross field kick found left winger Dan Hurley. Egan kicked another penalty for trinity to make it 20-14 at the le
The Munster side were reduced to 14 men when backrow Odhran Ring was sent to the bin for a high shot. Tony Smeeth’s youngster made the advantage count with Mark Nicholson scoring from a maul try and centre Louis McDonagh securing the victory by getting the bonus point try.
Credit to Pat O’Connor’s men who finished strong, taking two points from the game. An Alan Flannery and Lee Nicholas try secure them the losing and try bonus point.
Cork Constitution 36-25 Lansdowne, Temple Hill
Cork Con got their fourth consecutive victory by beating Lansdowne 36-25 on Saturday afternoon.
Con’s captain Aidan Moynihan turned on the style with a 16 point haul Moynihan, George Coomber, Luke Kerr, Alessandro Heaney, Jack Kelleher all scored for the Cork men who took control in the second half.
Mark McHugh’s men only trailed 19-15 at half time, but they couldn’t get themselves into the ascendancy. Conor McMenamin, Michael Silvester, Darragh Murphy, Sean Galvin all crossing the line for the Dubliners.
They’ll be hoping for a better block of results before the end of the year.
Garryowen 22-47 University College Dublin, Dooradoyle
UCD got their first win of the league season away in Dooradoyle against a struggling Garryowen.
They scored six tries on their way to an impressive victory. Can they build on this performance now?