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AIL: Young Munster carry Limerick title hopes

Energia Alli-Ireland League. 1A: Lansdowne 10, Young Munster 15: COULD this be Young Munster’s year? Well, if winning difficult fixtures in Dublin is an indicator, the Greenfields club may yet lift the AIL title for the first time since 1993. Once again this afternoon they came back from a deficit to snatch another win.
Lansdowne got first blood availing of a block down to go seven points clear and it took 33 minutes for Young Munster to get their first points on the board, an Evan Cusack penalty reducing the lead to 7-3. Lansdowne kicked a penalty to go 10-3 up at the break but that was to be their last score with the black and ambers getting a try by Stephen Lyons and the crucial score which was converted by Evan Cusack, to give them the points.
Garryowen 21, Cork Constitution 29: A GALLANT display by Garryowen saw them end in disappointment with the Cork side depriving them of a losing bonus point. The light blues gave their all in this encounter and although 1B awaits them next season this performance will be encouraging for their coaching staff. They trailed 14-0 in the early stages with ‘Con’ scoring two converted tries but a try by Jamie Shanahan and another from Colm Quilligan, there were only seven points adrift. The Cork side increased their lead to 14-26 but once again Garryowen responded and Matt Sheehan got over with all three tries converted by out-half Tony Butler.
Shannon 3, Clontarf 33: THIS game did not make comfortable viewing for the faithful of the Parish club. ‘Tarf got in for an early try but the response of the home club was almost instant with Mike Cooke kicking a penalty to bring the score to 3-5. That was it as far as Shannon were concerned. They leaked a further four tries before the final whistle as the visitors continued their march at the top of the table.
Navan 21, Old Crescent 22: CRESCENT needed to get a result in this 2A game and they just nicked it at the finish of an evenly contest encounter. They led 7-14 then 7-17 into the second half but it took a penalty kick from the ever-reliable Ronan McKenna to notch the crucial scores. Old Crescent’s next obstacle is a home game against Blackrock College on March 25th.
UL Bohemians 27, Dolphin 24: A LATE try decided this keenly contested encounter in Takumi Park. Two tries from Paul Clancy and a conversion from Harry Byrne saw the home side race into a 12-0 lead. A Byrne penalty extended the lead to 15-0 but when the latter was shown a yellow card Bohs dominance faded. Dolphin ran in a brace of seven pointers and then jumped into a 14-21 lead thanks to their third converted try. Bohs fought back with Pauric Galvin’s try and Byrnes’ conversion giving the home side a 22-21 lead. The finishing stages of this hard-fought league game were nail-biting with Dolphin going back into a 22-21 lead thanks to a penalty kick and Darragh O’Gorman becoming the ‘man of the moment’ when he scored the winning try.
Bruff 15, Bangor 13: THIS was a welcome victory for Bruff and keeps them in mid-table position. It was 10-10 midway through the game, Bruff’s try scored by Mark Fitzgerald and Paul Collins adding a conversion and a penalty. A late unconverted try gave the home side a welcome victory. Next up for Bruff is a trip to Skerries on March 25.

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