City of Armagh continue to fly the flag for Ulster Clubs in the top two leagues with a win on the road against St Mary’s in Week 2 of the Energia AIL. 

In 1A Hinch suffered a big loss at table toppers UCC and in 1B Banbridge lost at home to, their table toppers, Highfield and Malone continued to miss fire, losing at home to Shannon. 

Malone, Hinch and Banbridge have supplied the core of the Ulster A players for the Celtic Cup so it might take them a week or two to get thier season up and running now that the Celtic Cup has ended. Hopefully we’ll start and see the big W’s on their side of the score sheet in the next few rounds. 

AIL 1A

The results from Week 2 are shown below. 

The results see Ballynahinch slip down to 9th, but, as we said above, they still have a fair few of their players to return to their squad from Ulster A duties. 

They entertain UCD at Ballymacarn Park this weekend in what should be an exciting encounter with the students also welcoming back some of their Leinster A players. 

The results leave the league table as follows. 

There was a big increase in points scored this week, 249 compared to 167 the previous week with the weekly try total more than doubling, moving from a sedate 16 in Week 1 to 35 in Week 2. With the teams showing more ambition the penalty conversion count dropped from 21 to 12. 

Lansdowne’s Tim Foley retains top spot and Cork Con’s Aidan Moynihan moves up a couple of places following their win at Clontarf. 

League leaders Cork Con have two players, Matt Bowen and Murray Linn on three tries apiece, alongside Lansdowne’s Adam Leavy, and we’ll start and break out the leading try scorers in the coming weeks. 

Despite being on the losing side at the weekend, Ballynahinch’s Sean O’Hagan’s six points from two penalties keep him in the top three for  points scored.

Energia AIL 1A Leading Points Scorers
PLAYER CLUB T C P DG Tot
Tim Foley Lansdowne 0 5 4 0 22
Jamie Heuston Garryowen 1 3 3 0 20
Sean O’Hagan Ballynahinch 0 1 6 0 20
Aidan Moynihan Cork Constitution 0 4 3 0 17
Evan Cusack Young Munster 0 2 4 0 16
Adam Leavy Lansdowne 3 0 0 0 15
Matt Bowen UCC 3 0 0 0 15
Murray Linn UCC 3 0 0 0 15
Michael O’Kennedy Dublin University 0 4 2 0 14
James Taylor UCC 0 3 2 0 12
Mark O’Neill Terenure College 0 3 2 0 12

AIL 1B 

As we said at the start City of Armagh are the only Ulster club have those big W’s against their name but their unbeaten start hasn’t been enough to get to the top of the league with Highfield and Old Belvedere both picking up try bonus wins at the weekend. 

The results are below. 

Malone and Banbridge meet his coming weekend at Gibson Park with both teams keen to get their season up and running. 

The results give the current standings as follows. 

As with 1A, 1B also bumped their weekly points by a fair margin rising from 152 points in Week 1 to 231 points in Week 2. Tries scored, on a weekly basis, rose form 13 to 31 and penalties converted dropped from 21 to 12. 

It is great to see both leagues respond in this way and hopefully it will bring more supporters to the clubs. 

Old Belvedere’s Steve Crosbie and Highfield’s Shane O’Riordan stay at 1 and 2 respectively in the scorers table but the big mover this week is Highfield’s Colin O’Neill who banged in four against Banbridge. 

City of Armagh’s Cormac Fox is the only Ulster club player in the top ten. 

As with 1A we’ll start and separate out the leading try scorers and the individual club scorers tables in the coming weeks. 

Energia AIL 1B Leading Points Scorers
PLAYER CLUB T C P DG Tot
Steve Crosbie Old Belvedere 1 3 10 0 41
Shane O’Riordan Highfield 0 8 2 0 22
Colin O’Neill Highfield 4 0 0 0 20
Rory Stynes Old Wesley 0 2 5 0 19
Cormac Fox City of Armagh 0 3 4 0 18
James McKeown Old Belvedere 3 0 0 0 15
Pa Ryan Shannon 3 0 0 0 15
Penalty Try St Mary’s College 2 2 0 0 14
Billy Gray Shannon 0 3 2 0 12
Evan Dixon Navan 2 0 0 0 10
Fionn Higgins Naas 2 0 0 0 10

 

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