In Castle Avenue, first half tries from Maurice Logue and Ben Young, helped the visitors, Co Carlow to a 12-6 interval lead over Clontarf whose first half points came from the boot of David McAllister. However, wind-assisted in the second half, Clontarf clawed their way back, David Moore scored a 60th minute try and McAllister landed a penalty five minutes later to give them the lead for the first time. Two minutes from time Simon O'Donnell scored under the posts to seal the outcome but in injury-time Dan Van Zyl landed a penalty to secure a bonus point for the visitors.
Ballymena, leaders at the start of the day, suffered a shock defeat losing 13-8 at home to Blackrock. The home side took the lead with a Mike McComish try after just five minutes and held that lead until the 35th minute when Conor Kilroy landed a long range penalty. Then on the stroke of half-time, Ross Molloy scored Rock's first try and Kilroy added the points to take a five point (10-5) lead into the break. Ian Humphreys cut the deficit with an early second half penalty but Rock defended resolutely and ten minutes from the end Kilroy landed another penalty to see Rock run out narrow but deserving 13-8 winners.
AIB League Division One - Results
Ballymena 8-13 Blackrock (Ref: B Fitzgerald)Buccaneers 47-16 Dolphin (Ref: D Moloney)Clontarf 21-15 Co Carlow (Ref: L Mayne)Cork Con 24-8 Garryowen (Ref: S McDowell)