AIL leaders Clontarf overcome Ballynahinch despite suffering two yellow cards

Catch up on all the results from men’s All-Ireland Leagues.

Energia All-Ireland League Men’s Divisions Round-Up 

matt-darcy-after-the-game Clontarf's Matt D'Arcy. Ben Whitley / INPHO Ben Whitley / INPHO / INPHO

CLONTARF CAPTAIN MATT D’Arcy praised the patience his side showed to beat Ballynahinch 24-14 despite suffering two second half yellow cards.

The Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A leaders lost back rowers Tony Ryan and JJ O’Dea to the bin in quick succession, with ‘Hinch winger Aaron Cairns completing his brace from a Greg Hutley cross-field kick.

However, ‘Tarf displayed their champion pedigree by forcing a penalty try from a maul and hooker Dylan Donnellan continued his outstanding form with his 16th try of the season.

Centre D’Arcy, who crossed from a brilliant six-man move in the first half, said: “It was very, very tough. Conditions were difficult. ‘Hinch are having an unbelievable season and they came down here with a very strong team.

“We knew it was going to be a dog-fight and that’s what it was. I think we stayed patient, backed ourselves and got there in the end.”

alan-bennie-is-congratulated-by-teammates-after-scoring-his-sides-fourth-try-of-the-match Terenure's Alan Bennie is congratulated by teammates after scoring a try. Tom Maher / INPHO Tom Maher / INPHO / INPHO

Second-placed Terenure College are also within touching distance of a home semi-final, having hammered relegated Garryowen 52-0 with two rounds remaining. Scrum half Alan Bennie helped himself to a hat-trick.

Lansdowne hooker Tadgh McElroy went one better, scoring all four of their tries in a 32-10 defeat of Dublin University which moves them away from relegation trouble.

Cork Constitution and Young Munster are set to complete the play-off line-up. Skipper Aidan Moynihan contributed 11 points in Con’s 36-19 bonus point win over Shannon, while Conor Hayes kicked 13 points as fourth-placed Munsters overcame UCD 23-17.

Meanwhile, former Ireland back rowers Sean O’Brien and Chris Henry rolled back the years to line out for their respective clubs, Naas and Malone, in Division 1B.

O’Brien made his long-awaited home debut at number 8 as Naas won 25-17 to end Old Belvedere’s eight-match winning run, while Henry was on bench duty as Malone lost their crunch Ulster derby with Banbridge, going down 35-29.

The top three clubs all lost, with leaders City of Armagh beaten 13-6 by Old Wesley, whose hooker Howard Noonan claimed the only try after Tommy O’Callaghan had fed him via an Ian Cassidy cross-field kick.

Luke Kingston touched down twice as Highfield won 27-7 at Buccaneers to move back within seven points of the summit. Front rowers Richie Halpin, Mick McCormack and Tom O’Reilly all crossed in St. Mary’s 40-32 triumph at home to UCC.


Saturday, 25 March


Scorers: Clontarf: Tries: Dylan Donnellan 2, Matt D’Arcy, Penalty try; Cons: Ben Murphy, Pen try con
Ballynahinch: Tries: Aaron Cairns 2; Cons: Greg Hutley 2
HT: Clontarf 12 Ballynahinch 7

CLONTARF: Aitzol Arenzana King; Seni Reilly Ashiru, Michael Courtney, Matt D’Arcy (capt), Cian O’Donoghue; Steve Crosbie, Ben Murphy; Ivan Soroka, Dylan Donnellan, Ben Griffin, Fionn Gilbert, Ed Kelly, Mick Kearney, JJ O’Dea, Tony Ryan.

Replacements: David Dowse, Darragh Bolger, Paul Deeny, Angus Lloyd, Mark O’Sullivan, Jimmy Hawkshaw.

BALLYNAHINCH: Rory Butler; George Pringle, Ryan Wilson, Mark Best, Aaron Cairns; Greg Hutley, Conor McKee; George Saunderson, Claytan Milligan, Kyle McCall, Tom Donnan (capt), Cormac Izuchukwu, Matthew Rea, Zack McCall, Bradley Luney.

Replacements: Josh Hanlon, Nacho Cladera Crespo, Joe Charles, James Simpson, Chris Gibson, Jack Milligan.

Scorers: Cork Constitution: Tries: Luke Masters, Billy Scannell, Niall Kenneally, Harry O’Riordan, Dan Hurley, Aidan Moynihan; Cons: Aidan Moynihan 3
Shannon: Tries: Daniel Okeke, Kelvin Brown, Cian O’Halloran; Cons: Mike Cooke 2
HT: Cork Constitution 15 Shannon 0

CORK CONSTITUTION: George Coomber; Daniel Hurley, Harry O’Riordan, Niall Kenneally, Michael Hand; Aidan Moynihan (capt), Gerry Hurley; Brendan Quinlan, Billy Scannell, Luke Masters, Sean Duffy, Eoin Quilter, Jack Kelleher, Ross O’Neill, David Hyland.

Replacements: Dan O’Connor, Alessandro Heaney, Cathal O’Flaherty, James Murphy, Louis Kahn, Greg Higgins.

SHANNON: John O’Sullivan; Cian O’Halloran, Harry Long, Alan Flannery, Dan Hurley; Mike Cooke, Aran Hehir; Conor Glynn, Jordan Prendeville, Darragh McSweeney, Ronan Coffey (capt), David Maher, Lee Nicholas, Kelvin Brown, Daniel Okeke.

Replacements: Alex Long, Colm Heffernan, Cathal Hynes, Jade Kriel, Jack O’Donnell, Killian Dineen.

Scorers: Dublin University: Try: Dan Barron; Con: Harry Colbert; Pen: Harry Colbert
Lansdowne: Tries: Tadgh McElroy 4; Cons: Stephen Madigan 3; Pens: Stephen Madigan 2
HT: Dublin University 10 Lansdowne 12

DUBLIN UNIVERSITY: Max O’Reilly; Colm Hogan, Louis McDonough, Gavin Jones, Ronan Quinn; Harry Colbert, Louis O’Reilly (capt); Jerry Cahir, Mark Nicholson, Tom Connolly, Dan Barron, Max Dunne, Anthony Ryan, Diarmuid McCormack, Ruadhan Byron.

Replacements: Zach Baird, Cole Kelly, Jack Kearney, Sean McCrohan, Ted Walsh, Aran Egan.

LANSDOWNE: Daniel McEvoy; Peter Sullivan, Cillian Redmond, Connor O’Sullivan, Sean Galvin; Stephen Madigan, James Kenny; Ben Popplewell, Tadgh McElroy, Temi Lasisi, Jack Dwan, Ruairi Clarke, Clive Ross, Jack O’Sullivan (capt), Dan Murphy.

Replacements: Jamie Kavanagh, Adam Boland, Conor McMenamin, Donough Lawlor, Jack Matthews, Peter Hastie.

Scorers: Terenure College: Tries: Alan Bennie 3, Craig Adams, Jordan Coghlan, Adam La Grue, Mick Melia, Levi Vaughan; Cons: Caolan Dooley 6
Garryowen: –
HT: Terenure College 26 Garryowen 0

TERENURE COLLEGE: Adam La Grue; Caolan Dooley, Colm de Buitléar, Peter Sylvester, Craig Adams; Callum Smith, Alan Bennie; Marcus Hanan, Levi Vaughan, Adam Tuite, Mick Melia, Harrison Brewer (capt), Adam Melia, Luke Clohessy, Jordan Coghlan.

Replacements: Campbell Classon, Sam McCoy, Matthew Caffrey, Daragh McDonnell, James Thornton, Stephen O’Neill.

GARRYOWEN: Jamie Shanahan; Nicky Greene, Matt Sheehan, Jack Delaney, Sam Hanrahan; Tony Butler, Ed Barry; Michael Veale, Max Clein, Michael Mbaud, Oisin Cooke, Kevin Seymour, Tim Ferguson, Des Fitzgerald, Sean Rennison (capt).

Replacements: Larry Kelly, Ben O’Sullivan, Rhys O’Malley, Patrick Naughton, Jason O’Sullivan, Evan Maher.

YOUNG MUNSTER 23 UCD 17, Tom Clifford Park
Scorers: Young Munster: Tries: Ronan O’Sullivan, George Jacobs; Cons: Conor Hayes 2; Pens: Conor Hayes 3
UCD: Tries: Michael Moloney, Jack Boyle; Cons: Michael Moloney 2; Pen: Michael Moloney
HT: Young Munster 17 UCD 14

YOUNG MUNSTER: Patrick Campbell; Conor Hayes, Harry Fleming, Dan Goggin, Shay McCarthy; Jack Lyons, Donnchadh O’Callaghan; David Begley, George Jacobs, Michael Treacy, Sean Rigney, Alan Kennedy (capt), Bailey Faloon, Conor Moloney, John Foley.

Replacements: Mark O’Mara, Paul Allen, James Horrigan, Ronan O’Sullivan, Evan Cusack, Stephen Lyons.

UCD: Chris Cosgrave; Ross Deegan, Harry Donnelly, David Ryan, Alex O’Grady; Tim Corkery, Michael Moloney; Jack Boyle, Bobby Sheehan, Ryan McMahon, Gerry Hill, Martin Fallon, James Culhane, Bill Burns, Sean O’Brien.

Replacements: Ben Porter, Hugo O’Malley, Chris Hennessy, Joe Cronin, Rob Gilsenan, Jack Ringrose.


BANBRIDGE 35 MALONE 29, Rifle Park
Scorers: Banbridge: Tries: Ben Carsons, Rob Lyttle, Neil Kilpatrick, Peter Cromie, Greg Jones; Cons: Adam Doherty 5
Malone: Tries: Aaron Sexton 4; Cons: Angus Curtis 2, Rory Campbell; Pen: Rory Campbell
HT: Banbridge 21 Malone 7

BANBRIDGE: Adam Doherty; Rob Lyttle, Andrew Morrison, Ben Carson, Josh Cromie; Macauley Little, Neil Kilpatrick; Josh Chambers, Peter Cromie (capt), Michael Cromie, Alex Thompson, Matthew Laird, Max Lyttle, Robin Sinton, Greg Jones.

Replacements: John Wilson, Ryan Emerson, Stephen Irvine, Aaron Kennedy, Ross Cartmill, Conor Field.

MALONE: Aaron Sexton; Andrew Bryans, Ben Gibson, Nathan Brown, David McMaster; Angus Curtis, Shane Kelly; Ben Halliday, Sam Green, Ricky Greenwood, Cory Tipping, Adam McNamee, James McAlister, Dave Cave (capt), Patrick Fullarton-Healy.

Replacements: Chris Henry, Lawson Porter, Gary Crawford, Jack McMurtry, Yasser Omar, Rory Campbell.

Scorers: Buccaneers: Try: Cathal Walsh; Con: Stephen Mannion
Highfield: Tries: Luke Kingston 2, Ben Murphy, Cian Bohane; Cons: James Taylor 2; Pen: James Taylor
HT: Buccaneers 0 Highfield 8

BUCCANEERS: Stephen Mannion; Harry Balsiger, Conor Fitzgibbon, Daniel Hawkshaw, Ross Murphy Sweeney; Michael Hanley, Frankie Hopkins; Matthew Burke, Steveni Lombard, Martin Staunton (capt), Ruairi Byrne, Danny Qualter, Sean O’Connell, Ryan O’Meara, Ciaran Booth.

Replacements: Oisin Dolan, James Kelly, Fionn McDonnell, Cathal Walsh, Will Reilly, Robert Teape.

HIGHFIELD: Liam McCarthy; Ben Murphy, Cian Bohane, Mark Dorgan, Luke Kingston; James Taylor, Richard Cassidy; Cillian Buckley, Travis Coomey, Daragh Fitzgerald, Sean Garrett, Eoin Keating, Dave O’Connell (capt), Amhlaoibh Porter, Miah Cronin.

Replacements: Robert Murphy, Ian McCarthy, John O’Callaghan, Mark Fitzgibbon, Chris Banon, Shane Buckley.

NAAS 25 OLD BELVEDERE 17, Forenaughts
Scorers: Naas: Tries: Conor Doyle, Connor Halpenny, Craig Ronaldson; Cons: Bryan Croke, Craig Ronaldson; Pens: Bryan Croke, Craig Ronaldson
Old Belvedere: Tries: Calum Dowling, Penalty try; Cons: Mick O’Kennedy, Pen try con; Pen: Mick O’Kennedy
HT: Naas 15 Old Belvedere 0

NAAS: Fionn Higgins; Matt Stapleton, Charlie Sheridan, Henry Smith, Donal Conroy; Bryan Croke, Connor Halpenny; Adam Coyle, Conor Doyle, Peter King, Paul Monahan (capt), David Benn, Ryan Casey, Will O’Brien, Sean O’Brien.

Replacements: Nato Kiripati, Stephen Lackey, Cillian Dempsey, Eoin Walsh, Derry Lenehan, Craig Ronaldson.

OLD BELVEDERE: Joe White; Ariel Robles, Jayden Beckett, Mick O’Kennedy, Luke McDermott; David Wilkinson, Peter O’Beirne; James Bollard (capt), Calum Dowling, Ronan Foxe, Fionn McWey, Connor Owende, Jack Breen, Tom Mulcair, Kale Thatcher.

Replacements: Joe Horan, James Ruddy, Hugh Flood, Jed Tormey, Briain Leonard, Justin Leonard.

Scorers: Old Wesley: Try: Howard Noonan; Con: Ian Cassidy; Pens: Ian Cassidy 2
City of Armagh: Pens: Michael McDonald 2
HT: Old Wesley 10 City of Armagh 3

OLD WESLEY: Alex Molloy; Nathan Randles, James O’Donovan, Eoin Deegan, Tommy O’Callaghan; Ian Cassidy, Gary Bradley; Harry Noonan, Howard Noonan, Cronan Gleeson, David Motyer, Iain McGann (capt), Will Fay, Dom Maclean, Sam Pim.

Replacements: Finn Tierney, Sam Kenny, Josh O’Hara, David Poff, Eoin Monahan, Keith Kavanagh.

CITY OF ARMAGH: Shea O’Brien; Andrew Willis, Tim McNiece (capt), Matthew Hooks, Glen Faloon; Evin Crummie, Michael McDonald; Dylan Poyntz, Jack Treanor, Philip Fletcher, John Glasgow, Frank Bradshaw Ryan, Nigel Simpson, James Crummie, Ryan O’Neill.

Replacements: Jonny Morton, Eoin O’Hagan, Josh Cunningham, Neil Faloon, Sam Cunningham, Dylan Nelson.

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 40 UCC 32, Templeville Road
Scorers: St. Mary’s College: Tries: Hugo Conway, Richie Halpin, Daniel Leane, Mick McCormack, Ryan O’Loughlin, Tom O’Reilly; Cons: Mick O’Gara 5
UCC: Tries: Luke McAuliffe 3, Penalty try, Patrick McBarron; Cons: Billy Kiernan, Pen try con; Pen: Billy Kiernan
HT: St. Mary’s College 19 UCC 10

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE: Mark Fogarty; Hugo Conway, Conor Hickey, Mick O’Gara, Ryan O’Loughlin; Conor Dean, Richie Fahy; Adam Mulvihill, Richie Halpin, Mick McCormack, Peter Starrett, Daniel Leane, Niall Hurley, Ethan Baxter, Ronan Watters (capt).

Replacements: Tom O’Reilly, Jack Reidy Walsh, Harry MacDonald, Ian Wickham, Adam McEvoy, Aaron O’Neill.

UCC: Billy Kiernan; Johnny Murphy, Darragh French, Daniel Squires, Matt O’Callaghan; Louis Bruce (capt), Ignasi Rodriguez; Rory Duggan, Luke McAuliffe, Dan McCarthy, Aiden Brien, Mark Bissessar, Sam O’Sullivan, Conor Booth, Patrick McBarron.

Replacements: Corey Hanlon, Michael Cogan, David O’Halloran, Peter Hyland, Ollie Young, Cian Whooley.


Cashel 12 Nenagh Ormond 21, Spafield (played on Friday)
Ballymena 25 UL Bohemians 22, Eaton Park
Dolphin 24 Navan 46, Musgrave Park
Old Crescent 24 Blackrock College 38, Takumi Park
Queen’s University 57 MU Barnhall 10, Dub Lane


Enniscorthy 17 Malahide 10, Alcast Park
Galwegians 12 Belfast Harlequins 31, Crowley Park
Greystones 24 Galway Corinthians 19, Dr Hickey Park
Rainey Old Boys 17 Sligo 20, Hatrick Park
Wanderers 17 Dungannon 26, Merrion Road


Ballina 35 Sunday’s Well 33, Heffernan Park
Bangor 17 Instonians 40, Upritchard Park
Omagh Academicals 27 Midleton 17, Thomas Mellon Playing Fields
Skerries 36 Bruff 17, Holmpatrick
Tullamore 38 Clonmel 22, Spollanstown

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