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Corri the match winner as Blackrock book AIL final place

Eimear Corri will play for Leinster again
Eimear Corri will play for Leinster again

Portlaoise girl Eimear Corri got the winning try for Blackrock in the All Ireland League (AIL) Womens Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Corri’s late try was the match winner as they beat Old Belvedere to set up a final meeting with Railway Union or UL Bohs.

Meanwhile, Alison Miller was on international duty as the Ireland women beat Wales to set up a Grand Slam showdown against England in Donnybrook on St Patrick’s Day.

AIL Division 1A

Elsewhere, there was plenty of Laois involvement in the mens AIL on Saturday. UCD, with Liam Hyland once again the starting tighthead prop, got back to winning ways in Division 1A thanks to a 32-18 win away to St Mary’s.

The win moves UCD up to fifth in the table but with only three games remaining they are nine points off Young Munster who occupy the fourth and final playoff place.

AIL Division 1B

Rory Stynes was full back again as Old Wesley stayed in touch for a promotion playoff place in Division 1B thanks to a 28-14 win away to Ballynahinch while Craig Telford was on the bench.

After making his first appearance for Connacht in over a year Eoghan Masterson was back with Galwegians as they were denied an away win over UL Bohs thanks to a last minute penalty.

Masterson was sin-binned in the first half as Galwegians trailed 10-0 at the break and that went to 15-0 early in the second half. But Galwegians fought back well with three penalties and a converted try to take a 16-15 lead before a 77th minute penalty earned the win for Bohs – who were without club captain Iain Condell and Philip Dowling.

The result keeps Bohs in second place but well behind a Buccaneers side that fell to their first loss in 13 games when they were beaten 13-12 by UCC in Cork. Rory Moloney didn’t feature for Buccs this week but one win in their remaining three games will secure promotion.

Galwegians are still second from bottom and just four points above Dolphin who are in the automatic relegation slot.

Keith Kavanagh got a start for Shannon at scrum-half against Naas but Naas won 21-14 and have a great chance of getting promotion playoff, especially as they have a game in hand on their closest rivals.

AIL Division 2C

The Alan Kingsley-coached Navan side continue to lead Division 2C following their 41-0 win over Kanturk.  With three games remaining they are four points clear of second-placed Sligo – who they play at home in the final round.

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