UL Bohemians 10 Clontarf 3, Thomond Park
Clontarf missed out on their 100th AIB League victory as UL Bohemians moved back to the top of the table on the back of a 10-3 win at Thomond Park.
Flanker Ryan Hartigan grabbed the game’s only try just past the half-hour mark when Bohs put pressure on the visitors’ scrum.
Australian out-half Ben Martin ran a full 70 yards to almost get in for Bohs’ opener, but a couple of phases later Hartigan pounced to score after turnover ball.
Darragh O’Shea replied for Clontarf with a penalty on 65 minutes but Martin added one of his own moments later to seal Bohs’ 10th straight league win.
In only the clubs’ third league meeting, there was no score until a Clontarf scrum, five metres from their own line, was twisted and the ball squirted out for Hartigan to react quickest and dive over.
That was the way it stayed until O’Shea slotted over his penalty, and while Clontarf scrum half Fiach O’Loughlin, the former Shannon clubman who was playing at his old home ground, tried to wield some influence, Bohs were having the better of the exchanges up front.
Martin, who again impressed in open play, converted a penalty 13 minutes from time to nudge Bohs back into a seven-point lead.
The Limerick men held on for their third win in what is a four-game stretch against Leinster opposition – they have to visit Lansdowne next Saturday – despite losing replacement flanker Aidan O’Gorman to a late yellow card. Referee Marshall Kilgore sin-binned him for a deliberate knock-on.