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Energia AIL 2A 7th December 2019
Scorers: Magrath(1*Pen)

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Match Of The Day in Division 2A was the top of the table clash where clear leaders MU Barnhall met Rainey Old Boys at their Parsonstown complex just outside Cellbridge.  Rainey put in a huge shift and were there with a real chance throughout, but the Blue Bulls edged the last quarter to clinch an 8-3 victory.  With a nine point lead and results elsewhere going in their favour, Barnhall are now odds-on favourites to go straight up to Division 1B. Having won every single league game they have played since last October, this is a remarkable achievement, which justifies their amalgamation with Maynooth University a few seasons ago.

 

While there was only one try scored in this low-scoring game, it was an entertaining, ding-dong tussle from start to finish.  Barnhall know that they were fortunate to turn round only 3-0 behind at half-time and if Rainey had taken their penalties instead of plumping for other options, the outcome could have been different.  The sides were well matched, the encounter played out at pace with great intensity and the tackling of both truly exceptional.

Energia AIL 2A 30th November 2019

Scorers: O'Neill(1*Try), Magrath(1*Pen, 1*Conv), (1*Pen Try)

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The much anticipated clash between Queen's University and Rainey Old Boys could not nave had a more sensational ending.  When a 50 yard penalty deep in time added by Queen's out-half Richie McMaster drifted just past the post, a share of the spoils looked like perhaps the right result.  But, when Rainey opted for a short drop out from the 22', it did not go quite as planned and a turnover handed the students an unexpected chance to set up a ruck from which McMaster popped over a drop goal to give his side a 20-17 victory.  The final whistle sounded as soon as a score was awarded, sending the Queen's contingent into raptures and the losers into despair.

 

The prospect of an entertaining contest attracted a good crowd to Queen's magnificent complex at The Dub where both the overhead and underfoot conditions were perfect for the fifteen man rugby which favour the style of rugby that these sides like to play.  A close run affair was to follow, with the lead changing several times.  This result keeps Queen's in touch of the leaders while Barnhall remain the team to beat.

Energia AIL 2A 16th November 2019
Scorers: Magrath(1*Try, 2*Pen, 3*Conv), Roberts(2*Try), A.Donaghy(1*Try)
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Having beaten Queen's in their last outing, Old Crescent were expected to be a tough nut to crack, but the Limerick men had no answer to a focused Rainey side which treated the Hatrick Park crowd to a very impressive display.  Resuming where they left off at Cashel, they performed as a unit to have the game sewn up by half-time and went on to secure a bonus point with a 32-10 victory.

Energia AIL 2A 9th November 2019

Scorers: Magrath(2*Pen, 1*Conv), Fitzsimons(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try)

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Match of the day in Division 2A of the AIL was at Spafield where top three sides Cashel and Rainey Old Boys provided a cliffhanger of a contest which had a dramatic climax.  Cashel had won all three of their previous meetings, but Rainey emptied the tank to come away with an 18-15 victory which must rank with their best displays ever.  The long journey home will have been a most satisfying few hours.

Energia AIL 2A 2nd November 2019

Scorers: Magrath(1*Try, 1*Pen, 2*Conv), O'Neill(2*Try), R.McCusker(1*Try)

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Trailing 9-3 late in the first half, few, if any in the Hatrick Park crowd would have given Rainey any chance of picking up a try-scoring bonus point against visitors Dolphin.  And, with less than fifteen minutes remaining and the Cork side owning the ball and playing in the right part of the field without looking particularly dangerous, a Rainey victory was anything but certain.  But, when they finally managed to get to the other end of the park, two tries in five minutes brought them a 27-9 win which greatly flattered them.

 

Still looking for their first win, Dolphin were better than Rainey in many facets of play, but lacked a cutting edge.  Rainey simply never got going on an afternoon they will want to forget.  Sloppy passing and handling,added to some aimless kicking, were in stark contrast to the impressive early season form they have produced, while the penalty count against the forwards at the breakdown was totally unacceptable.