There were some surprise results in AIB League Division One on Saturday as Young Munster ended Cork Constitution’s 11-match unbeaten run in the competition and Galwegians and UL Bohemians also continued the trend of away wins.
2008/09 AIB LEAGUE: Saturday, October 18
BALLYMENA 5 GALWEGIANS 19, Eaton Park
Scorers: Ballymena: Try: Jamie Smith
Galwegians: Tries: John Cleary 2, Chris Briegl; Cons: Robert O’Beirne 2
Galwegians scored their second successive AIB League win over Ulster opposition as they outscored Ballymena by three tries to one at Eaton Park.
‘Wegians established a 7-0 lead thanks to an intercept try from in-form winger John Cleary.
Full-back Robert O’Beirne tapped over the conversion and Ballymena had their only bright spell coming up to half-time.
‘Wegians defended resolutely and worked Cleary and centre Chris Briegl, a former Ballymena player, over for further tries.
The hosts’ only score arrived in injury-time from full-back Jamie Smith.
BLACKROCK COLLEGE 28 TERENURE COLLEGE 3, Stradbrook
Scorers: Blackrock College: Tries: Shane Byrne, Shane Monahan, David Rowan 3; Pen: Darragh Fitzpatrick
Terenure College: Pen: David McAllister
Five-try Blackrock College tore Terenure College apart as they impressively moved to the top of the Division One table.
Team captain Shane Byrne and wingers Shane Monahan and David Rowan (3) all crossed the whitewash in a one-sided derby at Stradbrook.
Hooker Byrne started the scoring with a pushover try. Flanker Jayden Hill was sin-binned but ‘Rock still led by 18-3 at the break.
David McAllister had kicked a penalty before half-time for Terenure, whose back-line was exposed badly by Rowan’s brace of second half tries.
BUCCANEERS 8 UL BOHEMIANS 9, Dubarry Park
Scorers: Buccaneers: Try: Alex Hayman; Pen: Alan Gaughan
UL Bohemians: Pens: Fergal Lawler, Aidan McNulty 2
Aidan McNulty kicked two penalties to edge UL Bohemians past Buccaneers in a poor encounter at Dubarry Park.
The 20-year-old McNulty was sprung from the replacements bench and the switch proved an inspired one by coach Ian Costello as the youngster kicked the decisive points for Bohs.
Buccs hit the front in the 28th minute when they tapped a free-kick. Alan Gaughan jinked forward before putting his centre partner Alex Hayman over for an unconverted try.
Gaughan kicked the hosts into an 8-0 lead with a well-struck penalty, however, a successful Fergal Lawler penalty and two more kicks from McNulty, after Buccs flanker Kolo Kiripati was sin-binned, saw UL take the verdict.
CLONTARF 30 ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 19, Castle Avenue
Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Michael Keating 2, Sean O’Brien 2; Cons: Martin Dufficy 2; Pens: Martin Dufficy 2
St. Mary’s College: Tries: Philip Brophy, Conor Donohue, Darragh Fanning; Cons: Shaun McCarthy 2
Michael Keating, a name for the future, notched two tries in Clontarf’s bonus point 30-19 win over St. Mary’s College at Castle Avenue.
Mary’s were comprehensively knocked off top spot as teenage winger Keating took his tally to four tries in two games.
Mary’s made a flying start with winger Philip Brophy touching down in the fifth minute.
But Clontarf, helped by their dominant pack, ground out their third straight success with Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien (2) adding to Keating’s brace.
CORK CONSTITUTION 16 YOUNG MUNSTER 21, Temple Hill
Scorers: Cork Constitution: Tries: Billy Holland, Richie Lane; Pens: Richie Lane 2
Young Munster: Tries: Matt Costello, Glen Carroll; Con: Matt Costello; Pens: Matt Costello 3
Young Munster shocked Cork Constitution into submission at Temple Hill as the defending champions suffered their first AIB League defeat since last January.
Constitution’s 11-match winning run came to an end as Young Munster full-back Matt Costello and centre Glen Carroll claimed second half tries.
Touchdowns from Billy Holland and Richie Lane had a strangely subdued Con 10-9 ahead at half-time. Costello kicked three penalties at the other end.
But, in a nip-and-tuck second period, an intercept try from star man Costello and a fine effort from Carroll gave the Cookies a famous victory.
DUNGANNON 15 UCD 13, Stevenson Park
Scorers: Dungannon: Tries: Derek Hall, Neil Patterson; Con: John McGuckin; Pen: John McGuckin
UCD: Try: Conor Quinn; Con: Fergus McFadden; Pens: Fergus McFadden 2
Derek Hall scored his third try in as many league games as Dungannon overcame UCD by 15-13 at Stevenson Park.
Unchallenged, flanker Hall won a lineout ball and galloped clean through for a 19th-minute try which split the sides at half-time – 8-3.
John McGuckin and Fergus McFadden had swapped penalties either side of that try, and the latter then reduced the arrears to two points.
But before a late seven-pointer from College’s Conor Quinn, James Shiells teed up Neil Patterson for the match-winning 62nd-minute try.
OLD BELVEDERE 16 DOLPHIN 11, Anglesea Road
Scorers: Old Belvedere: Tries: Eddie Devitt, Ruairi Cushion; Pens: Kieran Hurrell 2
Dolphin: Try: James Coughlan; Pens: Barry Keeshan 2
Continuing their development under new coach Phil Werahiko, Old Belvedere climbed up to second place in the standings with a determined 16-11 win over Dolphin at Anglesea Road.
Belvo made it three wins on the bounce as winger Eddie Devitt and scrum half Ruairi Cushion broke through for second half tries.
Two penalties from new out-half Kieran Hurrell had the Dubliners 6-5 ahead at half-time, with Munster’s James Coughlan touching down for Dolphin.
Barry Keeshan kicked the visitors into a 46th-minute lead and he gave his side some consolation by landing an injury-time penalty for a losing bonus point.
Bective Rangers 22 Lansdowne 20, Donnybrook
Bruff 6 Belfast Harlequins 7, Kilballyowen Park
Clonakilty 25 Instonians 7, Shannonvale Cross
De La Salle Palmerston 32 Highfield 8, Kilternan
Greystones 23 Dublin University 27, Dr. Hickey Park
Thomond 13 Malone 16, Liam Fitzgerald Park
UCC 17 Old Crescent 18, The Mardyke
Wanderers 6 Ballynahinch 46, Merrion Road
Banbridge 23 Sundays Well 0, Rifle Park
County Carlow 3 Ards 13, Oak Park
Connemara 17 Suttonians 12, Monastery Field
Corinthians 27 Rainey Old Boys 17, Corinthian Park
Midleton 17 Old Wesley 21, Towns Park
Naas 15 Nenagh Ormond 11, Forenaughts
Portadown 10 Barnhall 6, Chambers Park
Queen’s University 59 Waterpark 7, Dub Lane
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