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Ulster Bank League: Lansdowne stay top as they return to winning ways in Clontarf

A second-half comeback gave Mike Ruddock’s side the victory while Garryowen stayed in touch with a win over Shannon.

Clontarf's Niall Myron tackles Tom Daly of Lansdowne.
Clontarf's Niall Myron tackles Tom Daly of Lansdowne.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

TOM DALY KICKED an injury-time penalty to give Lansdowne a 20-18 win over Clontarf at Castle Avenue and keep his side top of the UBL.

Richie Lane scored 13 first-half points for the home side in the Friday Night Lights encounter. Lansdowne’s sole response at the break was a Ross McCarron try.

Leinster and Lansdowne hooker Tom Sexton got his team right back in it with a try after a forward drive from a five-metre lineout.

Tadhg Furlong gave Clontarf hope of claiming their third win of the season before Daly kept his cool to slot over the late penalty and get Lansdowne back to winning ways after their loss to Cork Constitution last weekend.

Con, for their part, knocked off Dolphin at home to claim their fourth win of the season and climb to third spot overall.

Niall O’Driscoll and Ivan Dineen were the try scorers for Cork at Temple Hill, with Johnny Holland chipping in with eight points in the 18-13 win.

Narrow margins

Jamie Gavin kicked four penalties for Garryowen in a 12-6 win over Shannon that keeps them in second place.

Ron Guerin responded with two penalties for the visitors to Dooradoyle on Friday but they could not muster a second-half try, despite the best efforts of Munster’s Luke O’Dea.

Two points separated Old Belvedere and UBL champions St Mary’s College at Templeville Road.

Belvedere won out, 18-16, thanks to a late try from Josh Eden-Whatiri and a nerveless conversion from Steve Crosbie.

Mary’s led 13-3 at the break but could not stem the Belvedere tide in the second-half and remain in ninth place with just one win to their name.

It was another tight affair at Thomond Park as Young Munster defeated a U.L Bohemian side with JJ Hanrahan in the ranks.

Hanrahan kicked three penalties and Tommy O’Donnell scored a fine block and chase try but Gareth Quinn McDonogh and Brian Haugh combined at half-back to work their team back into the contest.

The highlight of the Cookies’ 16-14 win was an 80-metre breakaway try by let winger Darragh O’Neill.

Division 1B results: Ballynahinch 31-13 Dungannon, Belfast Harlequins 16-11 Ballymena, Buccaneers 32-10 Bruff, UCD 17-19 Blackrock College, Dublin University 28-24 Malone.

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