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Ulster Bank league results:
20 Sep 2014 20:08
DIVISION 1A ROUND-UP
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Second half tries from wingers Shane Donovan and Harry Moore made all the difference as Terenure College beat hosts St Mary's College 20-14 in today's 'Battle of Dublin 6W' at Templeville Road. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was the guest speaker at the pre-match lunch and his prediction on Irish Rugby TV that Terenure would overturn a 8-3 half-time deficit rang true.
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The result continues 'Nure's excellent start to life in Division 1A and extends their enviable winning run in the Ulster Bank League to a mammoth 25 matches - their last defeat was against Corinthians in Division 2A back in February 2013. St Mary's, who lost their league opener at UCD, made the better start to this hotly-anticipated derby. Full-back Gavin Dunne missed an initial penalty, before Dunne and Marcus O'Driscoll were involved in sending winger Stuart O'Flanagan over in the right corner for a 16th minute try. Dunne added a penalty from 35 metres out to give the home side a further boost. Terenure were frustrated by turnovers and a Mark O'Neill penalty attempt that hit the woodwork, however the out-half did open their account in injury-time. A second successful O'Neill kick, four minutes after the restart, closed the gap further. Dunne seemed to steady the Mary's ship with a well-struck penalty for 11-6. Nonetheless, Terenure were beginning to cause serious problems for the Mary's defence and Cathal Marsh had to react quickly to prevent an almost certain try for 'Nure full-back James O'Donoghue past the hour mark. Soon after, an overlap from an attacking scrum saw centre Stephen O'Neill offload for Donovan to cross for his second try in as many games. Mark O'Neill's conversion put James Blaney's side ahead for the first time.
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Mark O'Neill missed a 72nd minute penalty attempt but the result was effectively put beyond doubt when Moore cut through for a seven-pointer with five minutes left. With that, the Dr Mick Smyth Cup and local bragging rights were in Terenure's grasp, although Mary's managed to register their second losing bonus point on the bounce thanks to Dunne's third penalty of the afternoon. Terenure are now third in the table just behind Clontarf and leaders Lansdowne, who both negotiated tricky trips to Cork to make it two wins from two outings. Scott Deasy held his nerve to convert an 84th minute penalty for Lansdowne and hand his former club Cork Constitution their second defeat on the trot. Mike Ruddock's men emerged as 16-13 winners at Temple Hill despite a spirited second half revival from Con who had tries from centre Niall Kenneally and flanker James Murphy. Out-half Deasy was again Lansdowne's orchestrator-in-chief, with his neat chip through putting young winger Ian Fitzpatrick over for a fourth minute try. Deasy's conversion and two penalties cancelled out a lone three-pointer from Gerry Hurley. Lansdowne still led 13-3 with 12 minutes left, but Kenneally and Murphy scored in a terrific nine-minute spell for Con to bring them level. There was still time though for Deasy to win it right at the death. For a second week in a row, Clontarf managed to cancel out an early deficit and they have out-half David Joyce to thank for a hard-fought 22-16 victory at Dolphin. Andy Wood's charges trailed 13-0 by the 24th minute and had lock Tom Byrne in the sin-bin, with their Musgrave Park hosts taking chance after chance. From a turnover, Steve Dinan dinked an inviting kick through for onrushing centre Eamon Mills to touch down in the 12th minute and Rory Scannell converted. The former Ireland under-20 international - starting at out-half in place of assistant coach Barry Keeshan - added a penalty three minutes later, rewarding some aggressive defence from the fired-up home forwards. Dolphin continued to dictate matters on the scoreboard as Scannell split the posts again following Byrne's yellow, but Scannell's opposite number Joyce came alive approaching half-time. Clontarf built through the phases - 12 in all - before creating an opening for new centre Michael Brown to score an unconverted 36th minute try. Suddenly, it was all 'Tarf as Joyce followed up on a break by his half-back partner Peter du Toit to dot down by the posts. He added the extras for a 13-12 scoreline at the turnaround. Having watched Scannell miss a place-kick at the other end, Joyce edged Clontarf in front with a thumping 45-metre effort and by the hour mark the Tullamore man had taken his tally to 17 points via a second converted try. Despite losing replacement Killian O'Keeffe to the sin-bin, Dolphin replied in the 76th minute with a superb Scannell penalty from halfway. The playing numbers were evened up late on but the home side's push for a last-gasp try went unrewarded with Clontarf forcing a final relieving turnover on their own line. Meanwhile, Ballynahinch celebrated their first win of the new league campaign after coming from behind to beat Old Belvedere 13-8 at Ballymacarn Park. 'Hinch looked to be struggling when they failed to convert a series of early penalties. Belvo's try on the stroke of half-time was an opportunist effort from Ireland U20 centre Peter Robb, who scored after gathering a penalty attempt that had come back off the post. But the County Down outfit turned things around in the second half with winger Ross Adair's second try of the league run and eight points from the boot of former Dungannon centre Stuart McCloskey. Continuing the trend of second-half comebacks, Young Munster staged a remarkable one to overhaul UCD 24-19 at Tom Clifford Park. Ross Byrne landed two early penalties to get the students off to a satisfying start in Greenfields. The Ireland under-20 out-half grabbed a third on the quarter hour mark. The Cookies, who lost at Clontarf last time out, responded in the 25th minute when great approach work from Ed O'Keeffe teed up an unconverted score for winger Barry Gibbons. UCD were not long in cancelling that out though, moving 14-5 clear after centre Stephen Murphy had made it over in the corner. The absence of sin-binned winger Warren Kelly was exposed by UCD closing in on half-time as a quickly-taken lineout led to replacement Harry McNulty scoring out wide. That gave Bobby Byrne's young side a 19-5 lead and Young Munster had it all to do. Bit by bit, they got back in touch with Willie Staunton landing a drop goal and he drilled a penalty over six minutes into the second period. Young forwards Diarmaid Dee and Luke O'Halloran then made their presence felt as the Cookies took advantage of a UCD yellow card with a well-taken try from centre Dan Goggin. Staunton converted to make it 19-18. Head coach John Staunton gave youth its fling once more and his decision paid off as teenage replacement David O'Mahony, who came on at out-half, coolly slotted two decisive penalties in the 75th and 80th minutes to complete Munsters' memorable fight-back.
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ULSTER BANK LEAGUE DIVISION 1A RESULTS:
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Ballynahinch 13 Old Belvedere 8 Cork Constitution 13 Lansdowne 16 Dolphin 16 Clontarf 22 Young Munster 24 UCD 19 St Mary's College 14 Terenure College 20
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DIVISION 1B ROUND-UP Buccaneers outlasted Garryowen in a six-try thriller at Dubarry Park as they registered their opening win (25-22) in Ulster Bank League Division 1B this afternoon. Tony Dolan's side did most of the damage in the first half and had two tries on the board by the seventh minute, with captain Conor Fitzgibbon and hooker Garreth Halligan both crossing the whitewash. Ex-Garryowen back Alan Gaughan converted the second of them and kicked two penalties before the break, pushing Buccs' lead out to 18-3 with Jamie Gavin kicking the visitors' only points. But, as the wind became more influential in the second period, Garryowen mounted a strong comeback. They were helped by a yellow card for Buccaneers lock James Tormey. Shortly afterwards, a good spell of recycling led to right winger James Frawley touching down and out-half Gavin converted the 53rd minute score. The Munster-capped Barry O'Mahony added an unconverted effort to heap further pressure on the Pirates at 18-15. But the hosts showed impressive resolve to hit back with a cracking try 15 minutes from the end. Connacht's Mata Fifita surged through on a powerful run and within striking range, scrum half Mark Dolan spotted a gap to nip in near the posts for Gaughan to convert. The Light Blues stayed in the hunt when Frawley squeezed past two defenders to complete his brace in the right corner. Gavin's excellent conversion made it a three-point game once more. Late drama followed as Gaughan missed a penalty attempt and a Garryowen drop goal effort did not go to plan as Buccs clung on for a morale-boosting victory. The Ulster derby at Deramore Park saw Ballymena outscore Belfast Harlequins by three tries to one on the way to a 22-14 success. The Braidmen looked up against it when Harlequins centre Eamon Lane was successful with three penalty attempts inside the first quarter hour. But they answered back to lead 10-9 for half-time. Number 10 Tim Small nailed an 18th minute penalty and converted a 39th minute try from Stephen Mulholland, who pounced after a charge down by fellow back rower Clive Ross. 'Quins, who suffered late heartbreak in Limerick last Saturday, scored their only try just seven minutes into the second half when number 8 David Reidy dotted down. However, Ballymena picked it up again and two tries from man-of-the-match Small - either side of the sin-binning of 'Quins flanker Ollie Loughead - settled the issue. Andy Graham's charges remain in second place behind leaders Galwegians who picked up their second try-scoring bonus point in a 29-25 defeat of Shannon. Played on Thomond Park's back pitch, winger Jerome Harimate's two-try haul helped Galwegians withstand a powerful late rally by Ian Sherwin's Shannon team. Out-half Tadhg Bennett handed Shannon the lead with an early penalty but the first of Harimate's tries - converted by Dave Clarke - had the visitors in front. Carelessness by Shannon afforded Harimate's wing colleague Matt Dever an intercept which he gratefully accepted to touch down in the 30th minute. Clarke's conversion was followed by a late Bennett penalty to make it 14-6 at the interval. 'Wegians had the bonus point in the bag by the 57th minute as Harimate and influential centre Brian Murphy both crossed for a 26-6 scoreline. Clarke's 72nd-minute penalty came in response to a Ciaran Cunnane try and Shannon showed their battling qualities to poach a losing bonus point courtesy of late scores from lock Ruairi O'Donnell and winger Conor Cunnane. Meanwhile, Corinthians produced a much-improved display to give new head coach Pat Cunningham his first league success - a five-try 29-25 win at home to Malone. Centre and captain James Buckley helped himself to two tries and forwards James Connolly, Eoghan Masterson and Jamie Dever shared out the rest. Buckley's first half brace had the Galway club leading 19-11, but Malone centre Josh Pentland kicked well - finishing with 14 points - and he brought it back to a five-point deficit at the break. The tries kept coming for the westerners as they strengthened their grip on the game, although the Belfast outfit earned a losing bonus point thanks to Pentland's accurate kicking and John Burns' try in the closing stages. Dublin University missed out on their maiden league triumph as UL Bohemians took the spoils 16-13 in an all-student clash at Sydney Parade. Munster Academy member David Johnston crossed for a second half try, putting Bohs 13-3 in front as they capitalised on some poor Trinity defending. Out-half Shane Airey added a third successful penalty and that proved enough for previously winless UL, despite closing tries from front rowers Richard Halpin and George Walsh. Crucially, Trinity kicker Jack McDermott hit the post with the first conversion and pulled his second effort to the left of the target.
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ULSTER BANK LEAGUE DIVISION 1B RESULTS:
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Belfast Harlequins 14 Ballymena 22 Buccaneers 25 Garryowen 22 Corinthians 29 Malone 25 Dublin University 13 UL Bohemians 16 Shannon 25 Galwegians 29
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