UCD setting the pace in Division One A following victory over Garryowen
Cork Con lead the chasing pack after they are held by Old Belvedere
Old Belvedere’s Josh Eden and Kieran O’Gorman tackle Graham Lawlor of Cork Constitution at Anglesea Road. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
OLD BELVEDERE and Cork Constitution played out a 3-3 draw in horrendous conditions in Saturday’s Ulster Bank League Division One A game at Anglesea Road.
Old Belvedere came closest to securing that all-important try through wings Conor Power and Glynn just before half time.
The second half was equally hard fought. Old Belvedere took the lead with a well-struck long range penalty from Glynn before Cork Con outhalf Johnny Holland kicked the equalising points.
Cork Con failed to avail of some intense pressure in the closing stages while outhalf Steve Crosbie fired wide with a penalty from in front of the posts for the home side.
UCD are the only side with a 100 per cent record in Division One A following their 25-11 victory over Garryowen at Dooradoyle.Their effort has pushed them to the top of the table, a point ahead of Cork Cons with Clontarf, Dolphin and Young Munster a further point back.
Struggling Garryowen had no answer to the students’ improved second-half performance which saw them score three tries through Stephen Murphy, Dan Leavy and Alex Kelly. James Thornton landed two conversions with Niall Earls landing two penalties.
Dolphin suffered their first defeat at the hands of Clontarf.
The visitors did most of the damage in the first half as Michael McGrath and Max McFarland scored tries, converted by David Joyce, to give them a 14-3 interval lead at Musgrave Park.
A try from Cian Bohane briefly raised Dolphin’s hopes in the second half but Clontarf sealed certain of victory when Colm O’Shea got their third try.
Young Munster lost for the first time when going down 29-22 away to Lansdowne. Outhalf Brian Haugh scored all of Young Munster’s points with a try, conversion and five penalties. But his efforts only managed to secure losing bonus point as Lansdowne found their form after the interval. Willie Earl, Mark Roche and Tyrone Moran scored tries, to add to Cian Aherne’s first-half effort.
St Mary’s College full back Gavin Dunne kicked five penalties in the 15-9 win over Ballynahinch. David McIlwaine landed three for Ballynahinch.
Terenure College, Buccaneers and Corinthians have all won their opening three games in Division One B. Terenure had to come from behind to edge out Belfast Harlequins 13-12 at Deramore Park.
They still lead the table on points difference from Buccaneers who defeated Dublin University 15-7 at Sydney Parade. Corinthians trounced Blackrock College 27-5 at Stradbrook. Shannon secured their first victory, beating Dungannon 17-6 at Coonagh while UL Bohemians thumped Malone 31-6 at Gibson Park.