Clontarf 30 Dolphin 19
Clontarf maintained their 12-game unbeaten run at Castle Avenue with a comfortable win over Dolphin, although the Munster side did stage a second half comeback with tries from full back Andrew Finn and centre Richie Kelleher.
The north Dubliners now sit fourth in the league table, but they were made to work for their points as Dolphin began the brighter with a first minute penalty from John O’Mahony.
The visitors managed a try from full back Finn after 27 minutes, but were 20-8 down at the break.
Clontarf out-half David McAllister struck two first half penalties and converted wing Donovan Rossi’s try, after McAllister had opened up the Dolphin back line on 21 minutes.
And the influential out-half added the points to Ben Wakely’s try on 36 minutes, when the scrum-half sprinted clear of the cover from the base of a five metre scrum.
A penalty from Dolphin’s O’Mahony five minutes after the break, gave the visitors heart at 20-11, but a decisive third try arrived for Clontarf and full back Darragh O’Shea before Dolphin centre Richie Kelleher snuck in for an unconverted score.