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Young Munster’s spirit earns them late bonus points

Today’s Energia All-Ireland League Round-up by Aidan Corr:
Clontarf 27, Young Munster 24: YOUNG Munster are very much still in the hunt for the play-offs of the AIL after taking two bonus points from their game against league leaders Clontarf in Dublin today. The Limerick side got off to a great start and led 12-0 thanks to a try after just three minutes from Steven Lyons, converted by Evan Cusack and this was followed by an unconverted try scored by Conor Hayes after a scrum penalty and lineout. Clontarf responded with an unconverted try and they added a second five pointer just before the interval to leave ‘Munsters’ leading 10-12.
‘Tarf struck again soon after the re-start to go 17-12 in front and with two Young Munster players in the sin bin, the home side appeared to have sealed the tie when they scored a third try, conversion and a penalty to go 27-12 up going into the latter stages of what was a tremendously competitive tie. The Limerick side put in a spirited finish with a penalty try and a second try by Conor Hayes to snatch a losing bonus point and another point for the try total.
Shannon 43, Dublin University 17: SHANNON’S return to form continues with an impressive victory today on the back pitch of Thomond Park. Trinity scored first on 17 minutes with an unconverted try but Lee Nicholas levelled it at 5-5 five minutes later. Jordan Prenderville got the first of his brace of scores to put his side 10-5 ahead, Luke Rigney then dotted down, converted by John O’Sullivan to give the Parish boys a 17-5 lead. A try by Dan Hurley and a similar score from the visitors saw Shannon lead 22-12, Prenderville added his second touchdown, converted by O’Sullivan and the home side finished in style with tries from Daniel Okeke and a penalty try to bring their league points tally to 25, two points behind eighth placed UCD on 27 points.
It is all to play for between now and the end of the campaign for Shannon and on this form they could well move away from the relegation area in the coming weeks.
UCD 52, Garryowen 12: ANOTHER embarrassing defeat for the light blues today. They trailed 26-0 at the break but UCD doubled that score in the second half to send the visiting team home with little to show for their efforts. All of Garryowen’s scores came in the second: half of this one-sided encounter.
Nenagh 28, Old Crescent 7: CRESCENT’S visit to Tipp today was not very enjoyable. They could only muster up a single try and conversion during the 80 minutes with the home side dominating most of the game. After the opening 18 minutes Nenagh led 21-0 thanks to three converted tries. Those three seven pointers on five, ten and eighteen minutes proved costly for Crescent. They got back into the game thanks to a try by Jack O’Mahony. converted by Ronan McKenna, but that fourth Nenagh try near the end proved decisive and rewarding.
UL Bohemians 31, Queens University 19: THE sound of ‘The Red Red Robbin’ paid a welcome return visit to the UL Bohemians dressingroom after this victory. Their supporters have been suffering a string of defeats since the start of the season but this was a terrific performance by Bohs. From the start it was clear that they were superior in the pack and after five minutes they took the lead with a maul over the line that was converted by Harry Byrne. On 14 minutes Darragh O’Gorman got over, Byrne again converting and Bohs were 14-0 to the good. Queens came back to score 12 points but it was the home side that led 21-12 at the break. A block down by Ihechi Oji who gathered the ball and scored the bonus point try, Byrne again converting.
Queens got a grip on the game to get back into contention with the score at 28-19 but a penalty by Harry Byrne ensured victory in Annacotty.
Bruff 12, Instonians 33: THE home side had to wait until the final stages of this game to register a score. Up to that they had struggled against the league leaders of division 2C. Table toppers Instonians have proven to be the strongest side in this league and they certainly showed their class today in Kilballyowen.
Next up this coming week-end for local sides in this competition:
1A, Garryowen v Shannon, Young Munster v Ballynahinch
2A, Old Crescent v UL Bohemians
2C, Ballina v Bruff.
Today’s results:
Ballynahinch 10 Terenure 8, Ballymacarn Park
Clontarf 27 Young Munster 24, Castle Avenue
Lansdowne 25 Cork Constitution 19, Aviva Stadium Back Pitch
Shannon 43 Dublin University 17, Thomond Park
UCD 52 Garryowen 12, College Park
City of Armagh 34 Banbridge 12, Palace Grounds
Malone 17 Old Wesley 17, Gibson Park
Old Belvedere 22 Highfield 7, Ollie Campbell Park
St. Mary’s College 20 Naas 27, Templeville Road
UCC 10 Buccaneers 19, The Mardyke
Cashel 10 Dolphin 10, Spafields
MU Barnhall 31 Ballymena 14, Parsonstown
Navan 21 Blackrock College 31, Balreask Old
Nenagh Ormond 28 Old Crescent 7, New Ormond Park
UL Bohemian 31 Queens 19, UL Arena
Belfast Harlequins 20 Enniscorthy 14, Deramore Park
Galway Corinthians 21 Dungannon 24, Corinthian Park
Malahide 23 Galwegians 7, Estuary Road
Rainey Old Boys 14 Greystones 19, Hatrick Park
Sligo 13 Wanderers 12, Hamilton Park
Bruff 19 Instonians 33, Kliballyowen Park
Clonmel 34 Ballina 12, Ardgaoithe
Midleton 37 Bangor 29, Towns Park
Omagh Academicals 17 Skerries 22, Thomas Mellon Playing Fields
Sundays Well 11 Tullamore 27

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