Will Young Munster deny St. Mary’s the Ulster Bank League title?

November 7, 2018


Clontarf must win theirgame with Lansdowne in the Aviva, and all eyes will be on Templeville Road withlive TV coverage of our game there on RTE2 from 2.30pm to see if we can denySt.Mary’s College the 2011/2012 league title.


Young Munster were 32-24 winners over Dolphin in what wasdescribed as an ‘ill-tempered Munster derby’ at Tom Clifford Park. After afifth minute brawl, two red cards were handed out, one to each no.4 lock,Darren Gallagher and Chris Rowe, and the Dolphin no.5, David O’Mahony, wasgiven a yellow while we received the penalty which Willie Staunton knocked overto open the scoring.


18 minutes into the half, Mark Doyle got the opening try forMunsters, a well worked team try that Doyle finished well down the left wing.Staunton converted to bring the score to 10-0. Dolphin began to edge backfollowing this, landing a penalty after 24mins and, ten minutes later, HarryFlemming got a try which Barry Keeshan converted to level scores.


Just before half time, the ref reached to his pocket againfor the yellow, this time for Munsters’ Brian Haugh, who hadn’t heard thewhistle when he continued to clear out a ruck but Referee Stuart Gaffkin seemedto infer Haugh had lead with the head intentionally and penalized the younghalfback.


Just before the break for half-time, Dolphin crossed thehome tryline again with Keeshan converting to give Dolphin a 17-10 lead at halftime.


After the break, Dolphin missed an early penalty attempt,and hooker Ger Burke got his name on the scoresheet on 49mins with a wellworked try from the pack. Staunton converted to level scores at 17-17.


Dolphin got one back five minutes later with EoinO’Shaughnessy touching down, they converted and led once more, score 24-17.


On the hour mark, Declan Bannon got in for a try but theconversion curled with the wind so we trailed 22-24 until 70mins when prop GerFlaherty got Munsters’ fourth try of the day and Staunton converted to bring usahead 29-24. He had a penalty drift wide a few moments later but in the lastplay of the game, the referee produced the yellow card for Dolphin scrum-halfChris Bannon for shoeing, and Staunton made sure to land this one before thefinal whistle.



Final score: Young Munster 32 – 24 Dolphin


Scorers: Young Munster:

M Doyle, G Flaherty, G Burke, D Bannon Try each; W Staunton2 Pens, 3 Cons



H Fleming, E Moloney, E O’Shaughnessy Tryeach; B Keeshan 3 Cons, Pen