Terenure take another Munster scalp
Ulster Bank All-Ireland League round-up
St Mary’s Robert Sweeney and Graeme Lawlor of Cork Constitution during the Division 1A AIL game at Templeville Road. Photograph: Inpho.
Terenure College were in seventh heaven at Musgrave Park on Saturday as they enjoyed their second successive bonus-point victory over Munster opposition – a runaway 47-0 thrashing of Dolphin.
Terenure followed up last week’s 42-0 home hammering of Young Munster by breaking the 40-point barrier again with seven tries in all, including a hat-trick from winger Harry Moore.
With Lansdowne losing at Ballynahinch, James Blaney’s men are now four points clear at the top of Division 1A ahead of a four-week break in league fixtures.
The surprise result of the day saw Ballynahinch end Lansdowne’s winning start to the season with a 14-10 defeat at Ballymacarn Park.
Fullback Rodger McBurney returned from injury to score two tries for Ballynahinch, including the 73rd minute winner.
It was a day to forget for St Mary’s College as they suffered their second home loss of the season, going down 26-15 to a resurgent Cork Constitution side.
Young Munster put last Saturday’s nightmare result at Terenure behind them by overcoming Old Belvedere 26-19 in a thrilling contest at Tom Clifford Park.
Two late penalties from fullback Ben Martin clinched a galvanising second league victory for the hosts who are now seventh in the standings.
Meanwhile, Galwegians’ stirring second-half fight back denied Buccaneers the Connacht derby spoils in Division 1B’s match of the day at Dubarry Park.
The league leaders came from 22 points down to win 29-25 in a dramatic finish in Athlone, with winger Colin Conroy claiming the match-winning try.
Garryowen finished the first four-week run of matches with their third win, a 24-13 success away to Belfast Harlequins.
Garryowen’s arch rivals Shannon lifted their spirits with a much-needed 30-7 bonus-point triumph away to Corinthians.
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Elsewhere, man-of-the- match Ritchie McMaster steered second-placed Ballymena to their fourth victory on the trot by edging out UL Bohemians 30-23 at Thomond Park.
Dublin University were back at their spiritual home on Saturday, playing on the new College Park pitch, and they marked their return with a well-judged 26-17 win over Malone.