Last Saturday’s AIL action saw a great win for St. Mary’s in Musgrave Park, Cork. Nick Timoney was the standout player for Mary’s and even managed a try in the final few minutes.
St Mary’s started the game off as they meant to go on with a penalty from Gavin Dunne to make it 3-0 early on.
This was followed by two more penalties after eight and eleven minutes respectively by the same man.
An 18th minute Rory Scannell try, converted by Barry Keeshan got Dolphin back into the game however, to make the score 9-7 in favour of Mary’s.
Both sides missed opportunities soon after this to convert penalties and take a hold of the game but as the half time whistle blew the score remained 9-7.
Dolphin grabbed the initiative just after half time however, as a 43rd minute penalty was kicked over by Barry Keeshan to bring the score to 10-9 in favour of the Cork side.
St Mary’s only had to wait until the 47th minute however, to grab another try by Richie Sweeney, which was subsequently converted by Gavin Dunne to make the score 16-10 to Mary’s.
Dolphin weren’t deterred by this though and kept a firm foothold in the game by scoring a 54th minute penalty, courtesy of Rory Scannell.
A 56th minute penalty by Gavin Dunne then kept St Mary’s slim advantage alive heading towards the last 20 minutes of the game.
Ryan Murphy made sure Dolphin wouldn’t go down without a fight after 59 minutes by scoring a try, however the conversion was missed by Rory Scannell.
On 66 minutes a penalty by Gavin Dunne once again notched up another three points for the Dublin outfit to leave the score 22-18
The win for St Mary’s was confirmed by a 73 minute try from Nick Timoney with Gavin Dunne missing the conversion. However, that miss was to matter little as St Mary’s finished out to game with the final scoreline in their favour. Full time at Musgrave Park, it finished St Mary’s 27-18 Dolphin.