AIL Roundup: Division 1A Week 7

Terenure College are still the team to beat after they avenged last season’s final defeat to Clontarf back in May by beating them 24-29 on Saturday. Young Munster are starting to hit the right notes, beating two titan clubs in a row. Things are starting to look more upbeat in Shannon after they won a crucial game against UCD.

Clontarf 24-29 Terenure College, Castle Avenue

It’s now 7 wins on the bounce for Terenure College in the league after they got the job done in Castle Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

It was a repeat of last season’s final. Tarf came out 29-23 winners on that occasion, but many people fancied Nure’s chances heading into this one.

The visitors led 24-7 at one stage. Their out-half Callum Smith was central to everything good about their performance. He played a vital role in the game. His initial break got his team on the front foot for their first try which was finished by Adam Tuite who powered over the line. 

Sean Skehan is lucky to have arguably some of the best backline players in the league available to him. Inform Adam La Grue and winger Craig Adams scoring a brace each.

it’s back-to-back defeats for Andy Wood’s men. This is something that hasn’t happened in a very long time. Last season’s top try scorer Dylan Donnellan got on the scoresheet in the first half, getting his sixth try of the season.

The hosts tried their best to make another late comeback after tries from captain Matt D’Arcy, winger Hugo Cooney and the experienced Mick Kearney. Although it was Nure’s day as they secured the victory.

Dublin University 24-25 Young Munster, College Park

A Conor Phillips try at the death gave Gearoid Prendergast’s Young Munster a hard fought 24-25 victory over the talented Trinity.

The Cookies came into the game with plenty of confidence following a surprise 24-19 win over Clontarf in the last round. 

It was a real back and forth encounter. Young Munster had a slender 12-13 advantage heading into the break. James Dillon and Harry Sheridan crossed the line for the students in the first half, with talisman and hooker Dan Walsh getting over for the visitors.

Trinity put themselves into a 24-13 lead after a great Gavin Jones break got them motoring forward, a smart kick chase was collected by Louis O’Reilly who passed it back inside to Jones who finished the move he started with a try. 

A clever Aran Egan kick put the ball into the path of Ronan Quinn, who like a football player used his feet to control the ball before he scored the try. 

Ill-discipline was a major problem for Tony Smeeth’s team. They received 3 yellow cards in the 80 minutes of play.

A Munsters penalty try at scrum time, made for a grand stand finish. They had a lineout in a dangerous position. Some good awareness from Walsh help get the ball to substitute scrum half Jack Lyons who gave the last pass to Phillips who scored in the corner. It finished 24-25.

Ballynahinch 13-20 Cork Constitution, Ballymaccarn Park 

Cork Con are just going about their business quietly, picking up another win this weekend up in Ballynahinch.

The Cork men were dominant at scrum time. They used their dominance to get a well-worked penalty try. It was the only try of the half. Two well ten penalties gave Con a 13-point cushion going into halftime.

George Pringle who has been a standout player for the Ulstermen this season scored their only try of the game. Greg Hutley kicked their other scores.

Another penalty try in the last ten minutes secured the win for Johnny Holland’s troops. They sit 3rd and level on points with Trinity in the table now.

Lansdowne 47-28 Garryowen, Aviva Stadium Back Pitch

Lansdowne got their much needed second win of the campaign at home to a winless Garryowen who are at the foot of the table. 

Lansdowne were looking comfortable at the midway point with a 33-0 lead. They scored seven tries on their way to victory, with captain Clive Ross scoring twice.

To their credit, Garryowen gave a much better account of themselves in the second half. They left the Aviva Stadium back pitch with four tries.

Shannon 36-24 UCD, Thomond Park Back Pitch

After a tough start to the season, we are starting to see improvements, especially in terms of results for Pat O’Connor’s Shannon.

36-14 was the final score in their game with UCD. Shannon out-half Mike Cooke showed his fitness by scoring a wonderful intercept try in the 78th minute. 

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