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ULSTER BANK LEAGUE RESULTS: Saturday, January 31

DIVISION 1A:

LANSDOWNE 39 BALLYNAHINCH 18, Aviva Stadium back pitch
Scorers: Lansdowne: Tries: Tom Farrell, Tyrone Moran, Cian Kelleher, Penalty try, Foster Horan, Tadhg Beirne; Cons: Scott Deasy 3; Pen: Scott Deasy
Ballynahinch: Tries: Aaron Cairns, Ross Adair; Con: Chris Quinn; Pens: Chris Quinn 2
HT: Lansdowne 22 Ballynahinch 13

CORK CONSTITUTION 13 ST. MARY’S COLLEGE 15, Temple Hill
Scorers: Cork Constitution: Try: Penalty try; Con: Tomas Quinlan; Pens: Tomas Quinlan 2
St. Mary’s College: Tries: Dave Fanagan, Ryan O’Loughlin; Con: Ray Crotty; Pen: Ray Crotty
HT: Cork Constitution 3 St. Mary’s College 10

OLD BELVEDERE 38 YOUNG MUNSTER 18, Anglesea Road
Scorers: Old Belvedere: Tries: Cathal O’Flynn, Penalty try, Conor Owende, Daniel Riordan; Cons: Josh Glynn 3; Pens: Josh Glynn 4
Young Munster: Tries: Ben Kilkenny, Sean Duggan, Darren Gallagher; Pen: Gearoid Lyons
HT: Old Belvedere 23 Young Munster 8

Dundalk Storm To Title

Dundalk RFC

All Ireland Junior Cup Final
Dundalk 55
Bangor 5

Dundalk Scorers: Christopher Scully, Owen McNally, Jonathan Williams, John Smyth, Ultan Murphy, Tiernan Gonnelly, James McConnon and Stephen Murphy 1 try each. Ultan Murphy 6 cons, 1 pen.
Bangor Scorers: David Charles 1 try.

In front of a big crowd at Chambers Park on Saturday afternoon Dundalk delivered a stunning and ruthless display to see off the challenge of Bangor and capture the All Ireland Junior Cup title for the very first time.

Three first half tries had them firmly in control at 19-0 ahead having played with the elements at the Portadown venue during the first half and while the wind dropped somewhat after half time the Dundalk intensity most certainly didn’t as they cut loose scoring five more tries.

There will be a detailed report and much more over the coming days but suffice to say, Dundalk returned to a heroes welcome at their Mill Road clubhouse on Saturday night after a display of pure brilliance throughout the afternoon.

Munster Junior Cup

Clonmel Clanwilliam

The Munster Junior Cup is a unique competition within Irish club rugby. No cup competition has more teams competing in it on this island than this colossal event and that element is just one of many factors that make it such a coveted piece of silverware.

Last season, Clonmel broke a long trend of All Ireland League Club dominance in the competition by usurping the likes of Cork Constitution and Ul Bohemian on their way to the title. The final was a match up of two Junior clubs in fact as second tier giant killers Clanwilliam made it to the final and put up a stern effort against Division 1 opposition.

Bangor v Dundalk Preview

Dundalk

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup Final

Bangor v Dundalk, at Portadown RFC, Saturday January 31 (2:30)

The tenth All Ireland Junior Cup final takes place in Portadown this Saturday and the novel pairing has us feeling that it is going to be a compelling fixture and a memorable occasion no matter how it all pans out.

Two first time finalists, Bangor from the east coast of Ulster and Dundalk from the north east of Leinster, and two clubs making huge strides in recent season but in new territory. The novelty alone should bring out club members and followers and sports lovers from the respective towns in big numbers.

Connacht Junior Cup Previews

Galwegians Ballina

Heineken Connacht Junior Cup

Buccaneers 2nds v Monivea, Dubarry Park, Sunday 2:30

The league champions from Division 1b Buccaneers are up against Division 1a title contenders Monivea on Sunday and a major title challenger will go out as a result. The hosts are going to feel the effects of a weekend where there senior side’s contracted players are unavailable meaning a number of second team regulars have been called up but they still have plenty of strength in depth and if they can overcome this one, they will all of a sudden become one of the title favourites.

The visitors from Monivea are still in the hunt for the league title after a patchy home effort against OLBC where the bonus point was only secured in the final few minutes. The final league game at home to Ballinasloe is a month away so they can concentrate on the cup and a very tough challenge from day one. They are in full flight now and have been playing at a higher tempo in Division 1a, that could work in their favour.

Podcast: Towns Cup Ep’ 2

Carlow Kilkenny

Another jam packed podcast this week as we review round one of the Towns Cup. Host Rob Murphy is joined by regular guest Dave Mahon and we hear from plenty of other voices too as we review each game and take a first look at the second round draw.

KnockOn.ie report Alan Deegan gives us his assessment of Longford’s 21-3 win over North Kildare and we also hear from Longford player coach Colm Glynn.

Meanwhile Dave Mahon was at Naas and Portarlington and gives us his thoughts on that game and Rob Murphy was in Edenderry to watch their game with Enniscorthy. We hear from Edenderry coaching duo Sean Rochford and Dave Hanlon and Enniscorthy captain Killian Lett.

That’s also audio from the draw which was held in Longford RFC as Alan Deegan caught up with competition co-ordinator Bill Duggan.

Caption: County Carlow on the move during a remarkable second half comeback where they scored 19 unanswered points to turn a 40-14 deficit into a 40-33 final score falling just short. Picture: More pictures from sokillkeny.com

All Ireland Junior Cup Final – Scene Set

©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

Ulster Bank All Ireland Junior Cup Final

Bangor v Dundalk, Chambers Park, Portadown RFC, Saturday 2:30

This Saturday’s All Ireland Junior Cup final should be a tremendous occasions as two clubs from the north west play in the decider for the very first time.

From Ulster, Bangor arrive after sleighing some of the competition favourites such as Munster league leaders Clonmel, reigning champions Enniscorthy and Ulster League champions Clogher Valley. That’s some pedigree.

On the other hand, Dundalk have lost just once all season and top the Leinster League table at the moment. They needed a replay to overcome CIYMS having defeat Cobh Pirates and Newcastle West in previous rounds.

A huge crowd is expected in Portadown on Saturday with both clubs putting on buses for supporters.

Longford 21, North Kildare 7

North Kildare Longford

Provincial Towns Cup

Longford 21
North Kildare 3

Alan Deegan at CPL Park

This game was the definition of a slow burner. The dank dreary day seemed to diminish the skill levels of both sides during a nervy, jittery first half that saw the game played between the two 22′s for the most part but a much improved second half saw the contest come to life and delivered an exciting finish.

Longford appeared to have the edge in the pack, but they struggled to penetrate the well organised North Kildare defense. The visitors on the other hand looked extremely dangerous when they moved the ball wide but stoic defending kept them scoreless until the last minute of the half when the only penalty of the first 40 minutes was converted with the last kick of the half. 

Connacht 1a Wrap

The Connacht Junior League title race will go down to the last day after both Connemara and Monivea won their penultimate games on Sunday.

Just one point separates the two sides going into the final round and if they finish level on points, the points differential will come into play with Monivea holding the slenderest of advantages (+ 180 compared with Connemara’s +179)

(PLEASE NOTE: This article was updated at midday to reflect the corrected scoreline in the Monivea v OLBC game. According to the Connacht Branch, Monivea won 24-0 not 22-0.)

On Sunday afternoon, leaders Connemara followed on from last week’s tremendous win at home to Monivea by beating Galwegians in a topsy turvy contest at Crowley Park.

Towns Cup Wrap

Longford North Kildare 480pix

The Leinster Towns Cup is up and running, Sunday’s first round action saw five one-score games with a sixth, the Wexford derby in New Ross, closer than the eight point margin might suggest.

Round one included a stunning comeback from Carlow that fell just short, a near miss in the upset department from Mullingar, four away wins from Enniscorthy, Clondalkin, Wicklow and Portlaoise respectively and just the one Division 1a side exiting the competition in the shape of Cill Dara.

Caption: Longford celebrate and North Kildare despair after a second half try in their Cup tie at CPL Park on Sunday. Pic: Adrienne Deegan.

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