UCD see off Old Belvedere as weather plays havoc with weekend fixtures

Despite their respective defeats at the weekend, both Old Belvedere and Garryowen hang onto their top four spots in the Ulster Bank League — after the weekend fixture schedule was decimated by the weather, UCD proved too strong for Belvedere and won 20-12 at the Belfield Bowl, while Clontarf defeated Garryowen at Castle Avenue and eased to a bonus point win on a 39-25 scoreline.

UCD see off Old Belvedere as weather plays havoc with weekend fixtures

While all that was happening, Ballynahinch produced the shock result of the campaign with a 25-13 win over champions Lansdowne, their first win in nine games.

Young Munster’s game against Galwegians at Clifford Park was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, and so David Corkery’s charges will have to wait a couple of weeks at least to attempt to break into the top four.

UCD and Clontarf lead with 31 points apiece, while Belvedere and Garryowen are on 23 points each. Munster’s trail by just two points in fifth.

It was a frustrating weekend for Terenure College, whose journey to Temple Hill to play Cork Constitution proved fruitless.

Advised to travel on the basis of an early morning pitch inspection, the ground took a further hammering from the rain in the ensuing hours, and the referee finally deemed it unsafe for the game to go ahead.

There was just one casualty in Division 1B, and again it involved a Munster club. Dolphin’s tie against Blackrock College fixed for Musgrave Park was called off.

As a result of that postponement and victory by UL Bohemian at home to Buccaneers, the Cork outfit slip to ninth in the 10-team league, only above Bohs on points difference.

It’s all to play for at the top between St Mary’s College, Ballymena and Dublin University, all of whom won on Saturday. Only six points separates fifth-placed Shannon from Dolphin in ninth.

Division 2B leaders Derry and second placed Highfield remain in those positions while Old Crescent top 2C after a hard fought home win over Bruff (12-10) on Friday.

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