24 May, 14:08
The Irish Rugby Supporters Club is delighted to announce that tickets for the GUINNESS Series 2013 will go on sale on ticketmaster.ie at 10am on Thursday, May 30.
Clonakilty's bid to become AIB All-Ireland League Division Two champions, just 12 months after they took the Division Three title, was ended in their semi-final at Dr Hickey Park this afternoon by a hungry Greystones side.
Already assured of promotion back to the top flight, 'Stones did well to come from behind, when playing into the wind in the second half, to beat Clon 18-14 and book their place in next Saturday's final at Templeville Road.
A well-taken try from experienced winger Ronan Carroll saw the Wicklow men take a 7-0 lead into the break, but Clon hit back quickly with two Gary Cribb penalties.
An unconverted try from centre Paul Dillon nudged the visitors into a 11-7 lead, but Cribb then missed a kickable penalty and 'Stones, the Division Three champions in 2005, took their cue.
Out-half James Power took his tally for the league campaign to 116 points by kicking two penalties and converting Carroll's second try.
While the backs took the scoring plaudits, 'Stones had two match-winners in back rowers Greg Herrera and John O'Beirne, who put in a massive effort in defence and attack.
Greystones: Tries: Ronan Carroll (2); Con: James Power; Pens: James Power (2). Clonakilty: Try: Paul Dillon; Pens: Gary Cribb (3).
Table-toppers Old Belvedere were in danger of missing out on a place in the Division Two final this afternoon, but Mike O'Donovan's side came with a second half charge to pip Young Munster 23-21 at Anglesea Road.
It was agony for the Cookies as a try, five minutes into injury-time, propelled 'Belvo into next weekend's decider, which will be an all-Leinster affair.
Munsters looked on course for a shock win, considering Belvedere came into today's game on the back of a 14-match winning streak in the league.
Tries from wingers Derek Corcoran and Darren Classens, allied to five points from the boot of full-back Mark Connolly, had the Limerick side 15-3 in front at the break.
Summing up the game, 'Belvo director of rugby O'Donovan said: 'Young Munster really caught us on the hop. But in the second half, we came out and started playing the rugby we know we can and thankfully it was enough to get us through.'
Winger Kevin Barden, lock and captain Scott Hutton and out-half Andy Dunne all crossed the Munsters' whitewash as O'Donovan's men came good.
Dunne also kicked two penalties, while player-coach Richie Murphy struck a crucial late conversion - it was needed as 'Belvo trailed 21-16 before they mustered a last-gasp seven-pointer.
Old Belvedere: Tries: K Barden, S Hutton, A Dunne; Con: R Murphy; Pens: A Dunne (2). Young Munster: Tries: D Corcoran, D Classens; Con: M Connolly; Pens: M Connolly (3).