UBL Results

Terenure Cork con


UBL Division 1a

Three games to go and Lansdowne are now mathematically guaranteed a play off spot, home advantage also seems likely.

Terenure College have had an incredible first season back in the top flight too, securing their tenth win of the season on Saturday with a hugely impressive away win at Cork Constitution.

The third spot for now looks like going to Clontarf but their Friday night defeat away to St Mary’s is the cause for a little concern with three rounds to go.

The race for the final spot is intense, Ballynahinch moved into the top four at the weekend for the first time with a big win but Con, UCD, St Mary’s and Young Munster are all within striking distance. 

Leinster Update

Leinster League Div 1A - Dundalk RFC vs Enniscorthy RFC 02.jpg 07-12-13

Leinster Division 1a

A grand stand finale is in store for the Leinster Junior League next weekend as Ross Road in Enniscorthy will play host to a league title deciding fixture.

The hosts Enniscorthy (54 points) and visitors Dundalk (58 points) will be contending for the league crown after they both won in round 13 on Saturday. The Louth side stole a slight edge on the afternoon thanks to a bonus point victory against Coolmine but Enniscorthy kept themselves in the hunt.

In the Wexford town on Saturday, Enniscorthy secured a hard earned home win over top four chasing Ashbourne 18-10 but they fell short of the maximum and that changes things slightly for the final day clash.

Ballina v Connemara – Off


Connacht Division 1a

The Connacht Junior league finale has been thrown into turmoil today after the fixture between Ballina and Connemara at Heffernan Park was postponed for a second week running.

As reported here on Saturday, the Ballina pitch was due to undergo multiple pitch inspections this weekend after last Sunday’s game was called off 30 minutes before kick off. Connemara had travelled to the game, arriving at 1pm for the 2:30 kick off but the subsequent inspection was definitive from the referee.

That led to a ruling by the competition committee this week to reverse the home advantage in the event of the pitch being deemed unplayable for a second week in a row.

UBL Div 1a & 1b Teams

Ulster Bank Ball

UBL Division 1a

Ballymacarn Park:  Ballynahinch        v          U.C.D.

Ballynahinch: 1 Ruaidhri Murphy, 2. Jonny Murphy, 3. Kyle Mc Call, 4. James Simpson, 5. John Donnan, 6. Jonny Madden, 7. Paul Pritchard, 8. Michael Graham, 9. Aaron Cairns. 10. James Mc Briar, 11 Chris Quinn., 12. Jordan Gratton, 13. Stephen McCauley, 14. Ross Adair, 15. Adam Craig  SUBS: 16. Andrew Harper, 17 Chris Stevenson., 18. Charlie Butterworth, 19.Roger Mc Burney, 20. Robin Harte

U.C.D.  1. Gordon Frayne, 2. Risteard Byrne, 3. Liam Hyland, 4. Brian Cawley, 5. Emmet Mac Mahon (Capt), 6. Jordan Coghlan, 7. Donagh Lawler, 8.Peadar Timmins , 9. Bobby Holland, 10. Liam Bourke, 11.Barry Daly, 12. Stephen Murphy, 13. Harry Mc Nulty, 14.Adam Byrne, 15. Sam Coghlan Murray SUBS: 16.James Harrison , 17. Andrew Murphy, 18. Michael Cawley, 19. Conor Mc Quaid, 20. Conall Doherty

Connacht Title on the Line

Connemara v St Marys

Connacht Junior League Division 1a

The destination of the league title trophy for 2014/15 should be finally decided on Sunday, a week later than planned. Ballina are due to host Connemara at 1pm in Heffernan Park with Monivea watching on and hoping for a break.

For Connemara to win the title they need at least a draw in this game, even a one point defeat (where they don’t score four or more tries) will see them lose the title to Monivea who, in the event of a tie on points and points differential, hold the third tie breaker advantage, namely tries scored.

That’s not the only interesting angle to this weekend’s big game. After a postponement last weekend – a half hour before kick off – due to the pitch at Heffernan Park being deemed unplayable, the possibility of a repeat scenario can’t be discounted with met.ie forecasting extremely heavy rain tonight (Saturday).

UBL Saturday Guide

tullamore v wanderers

UBL Division 1a

Last nights action saw Lansdowne get back on track and stretch their lead at the top. A home semi final is now all but guaranteed for them at this stage after that win at relegation threatened Old Belvedere. St Mary’s jumped to seventh with a huge home win against Clontarf to boost their chances of avoiding the relegation play off.

Today’s games have both play off and relegation implications. Ballynahinch and UCD meet in a game that could see one side pushed out of the play off race in defeat and the students carry better form into the game. Cork Con are holding the last spot but need a win against second placed Terenure College while the bottom two meet in Tom Clifford Park in a crucial fixture with Young Munster tipped here to shade it.

Leinster Previews


Leinster Division 1a

Over the course of seven days the destination of the 2014/15 league title will be decided as Dundalk and Enniscorthy bid to make some history for their respective clubs.

This weekend’s penultimate round of fixtures see both teams at home, Dundalk (53 points) hold a slender enough three point advantage over Enniscorthy (50 points) and the sides meet in Ross Road on the final day in what could prove to be a nail biting title decider.

In all likelihood, Enniscorthy will hold the advantage in the event of a tie on points after the final two rounds so, for example, if both sides win at the weekend and the gap remains the same, a simple one point win will be enough for the Wexford men on the final day as they will have more wins than Dundalk.

Clondalkin 22, Gorey 15

Clondalkin Gorey

Clondalkin 22
Gorey 15

Alan Deegan at Gordon Park

The Gorey team, management and the multitude of vociferous support are probably still trying to figure out how they are not in the Quarter Final of the Provincial Towns Cup. They dominated a good 80% of territory and probably even more possession at Gordon Park on Sunday, but were blown away in the final five minutes by storming finish by Clondalkin.

With a capricious wind at their back, the visitors started the match in whirlwind fashion. They were a try to the good after 5 minutes when the lively Brendon Spears ran a sumptuous line from fullback to cut through the Clondalkin defense to score.

Out-half Shane Luby was keeping his rampaging pack on the front foot with some assiduous kicking to the corners, and the pressure led to a couple of kick-able penalty opportunities. However a combination of slippery underfoot conditions and the erratic gusts of winds saw the scoring chances go a begging.

Ulster Update

Ballyclare Cooke

Ulster Qualifying League 1

The result of the day on Saturday came in Ballyclare where the home side boosted their All Ireland Cup qualification hopes with a huge home win against league leaders Intonians.

It was a first league defeat of the season for the Belfast side who lost for the first time in all competitions in the McCrea Cup a week earlier and the result has just slightly opened the door for reigning champions Clogher Valley as a result.

The Fivemiletown side took advantage of the slip up by the leaders with a big home win over CIYMS and with Instonians visiting the Cran on the final day of the season, if Clogher can keep pace with the Belfast side until that point we might have an unexpected grandstand finish in Ulster.

Munster Round Up

Newcastle West

Munster Junior League Division 1

The postponement of Clonmel’s home tie with Cobh means the league title race rumbles on for another week. Newcastle West came from behind to beat Muskerry on Sunday moving within a point of the league leaders while St Senan’s are now firmly in third after a scrappy but vital win at Clonakilty.

The win for Newcastle West keeps the title race alive but they have just the one game remaining while Clonmel have two left. Denis Leamy and co now know that a bonus point win in the re-fixed Cobh home tie will secure a first ever league title.

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