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AIL 2019/20 Summary

80 games were played in Division 1A of a truncated Energia All-Ireland League for 2019/20. In a season curtailed by the Corona Virus outbreak, there were 354 tries scored and six months of top notch club action.

Unfortunately, Cork Constitution, who were unbeaten and led the table by twelve points from Garryowen with just four games remaining, were just short of being crowned undisputed champions.

The outright top scorer for that period was Clontarf’s Sean Kearns with 107 points. Kearns operated across the back-three throughout the campaign, scoring three tries and topping the charts narrowly ahead of Young Munster out-half Evan Cusack.

 

Aaron Cairns operated mostly on the wing for Ballynahinch during the season and crossed for eight tries including a hat-trick in a memorable 43-5 win over Lansdowne at Ballymacarn Park.

The other top try scorer was a second row – Cork Constitution were unbeaten before their efforts to retain their AIL title were cut short, and it was Brian Hayes who led the scoring for the Munster men with his eight tries. The top of the kicking charts is also shared. Sean Kearns also features here, but his tally of 92 points is matched by Dublin University’s Michael O’Kennedy.

Dublin University also had more try scorers than anyone else with 22. Lansdowne were also ahead of the curve with 21 different scorers.

TABLE  - Final positions 

Cork Constitution  14  14  0 0 321-182 139 5 61
Garryowen 14 10 0 4 292-202 90 9 49
UCD 14 9 1 4 268-315 -47 6 44
Lansdowne 14 8 0 6 271-251 20 7 39
Y Munster 14 7 1 6 221-215 6 8 38
Clontarf 14 5 0 9 311-293 18 12 32
Terenure 14 4 0 8 237-265 -28 6 31
UCC 14 3 0 11 212-227 -15 8 28
Dublin University 14 4 0 10 297-354 -57 7 23
Ballynahinch 14 3 0 11 259-353 -88 8 20

 

Total Points:

01 Sean Kearns (Clontarf) 107 pts

02 Evan Cusack (Young Munster) 104 pts

03 Micheal O’Kennedy (Dublin University 92 pts

04 Sean O’Hagan (Ballynahinch) 85 pts

05 Jamie Heuston (Garryowen) 57 pts

06 Tim Foley (Lansdowne) 51 pts

07 James Tarrant (UCD) 49 pts

08 Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution) 42 pts

T9 Aaron Cairns (Ballynahinch), Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution) 40 pts

11 James Taylor (UCC) 39 pts

12 Jack Crowley (Cork Constitution) 38 pts

13 Aidan Moynihan (Cork Constitution) 37 pts

14 Craig Ronaldson (Lansdowne) 34 pts

15 James Thornton (Terenure College) 33 pts

16 Ben Healy (Garryowen) 31 pts

T17 Matt D’Arcy (Clontarf), Mark O’Neill (Terenure College), Murray Linn (UCC), Ronan Foley (UCD) 30 pts

21 Eoin Monahan (UCC) 26 pts

 

Top Kickers:

T1 Sean Kearns (Clontarf), Micheal O’Kennedy (Dublin University) 92 pts

03 Evan Cusack (Young Munster) 89 pts

04 Sean O’Hagan (Ballynahinch) 70 pts

05 Tim Foley (Lansdowne) 46 pts

06 James Tarrant (UCD) 44 pts

07 Jamie Heuston (Garryowen) 42 pts

T8 Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution),Aidan Moynihan (Cork Constitution) 37 pts

10 James Taylor (UCC) 34 pts

11 Jack Crowley (Cork Constitution) 33 pts

12 James Thornton (Terenure College) 33 pts

13 Ben Healy (Garryowen) 31 pts

14 Mark O’Neill (Terenure College) 30 pts

15 Craig Ronaldson (Lansdowne) 29 pts

16 Eoin Monahan (UCC) 26 pts

17 Gearoid Lyons (Clontarf) 23 pts

18 Bill Johnston (Ballynahinch) 24 pts

T20 James Fennelly (Dublin University), David Moran (UCD) 22 pts

 

Tries Scored

T1 Aaron Cairns (Ballynahinch), Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution) – 8 Tries

T3 Matt D’Arcy (Clontarf), Murray Linn (UCC), Ronan Foley (UCD) – 6 Tries

T6 Ross Adair (Ballynahinch), Rob Jermyn (Cork Constitution), Bryan Fitzgerald (Garryowen), Colm Quilligan (Garryowen), Sam Dardis (Terenure College), Jack Ringrose (UCD) – 5 Tries

T12 Jack Power (Clontarf), Ronan Quinn (Dublin University), Dan Sheehan (Lansdowne), Peter Sullivan (Lansdowne), Matthew Bowen (UCC), Ryan Murphy (UCC) – 4 Tries

T18 Sean Kearns (Clontarf), Jack Costigan (Cork Constitution), Niall Kenneally (Cork Constitution) JJ O’Neill (Cork Constitution), James Hickey (Dublin University), Colm Hogan (Dublin University), Mark Nicholson (Dublin University), Rob Russell (Dublin University), Bart Vermeulen (Dublin University), Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen), Liam Coombes (Garryowen), Jamie Heuston (Garryowen), Tommy O’Hora (Garryowen), Alex Wootton (Garryowen), Adam Boland (Lansdowne), Adam Leavy (Lansdowne), Sam Coghlan Murray (Terenure College), Caolan Dooley (Terenure College), Rory Suttor (UCC), Andy Marks (UCD), Stephen McVeigh (UCD), David Ryan (UCD), Evan Cusack (Young Munster), Luke Fitzgerald (Young Munster), Jack Harrington (Young Munster), Alan Kennedy (Young Munster), Evan O’Gorman (Young Munster), Jordan Stewart (Young Munster) – 3 Tries

 

Try Scoring Spread:

Dublin University: 22 Try Scorers

Lansdowne: 21 Try Scorers

Cork Constitution: 20 Try Scorers

Clontarf: 19 Try Scorers

Garryowen: 19 Try Scorers

UCD:19 Try Scorers

Terenure College: 18 Try Scorers

Young Munster: 14 Try Scorers

Ballynahinch: 13 Try Scorers

UCC: 12 Try Scorers

Top Try Scorers By Club:

Ballynahinch: Aaron Cairns – 8 Tries

Clontarf: Matt D’Arcy – 6 Tries

Cork Constitution: Brian Hayes – 8 Tries

Dublin University: Ronan Quinn – 4 Tries

Garryowen: Bryan Fitzgerald & Colm Quilligan – 5 Tries

Lansdowne: Peter Sullivan & Dan Sheehan – 4 Tries

Terenure College: Sam Dardis – 5 Tries

UCC: Murray Linn – 6 Tries

 

Cork Con FC Energia AIL Fixtures 2019/20
5 Oct  Garryowen   H   14-13  W1
12 Oct  Clontarf  A   28-25  W2
19 Oct Lansdowne  H   21-17  W3
2 Nov Terenure  A   13-10  W4
9 Nov Dublin Univ H 25-22 W5
15 Nov Fri  UCC  A   10-6  W6
30 Nov Ballynahinch  H 35-19 W7
7 Dec  UCD  H   53-10 W8
14 Dec  Young Munster  A   16-15 W9
1 Jan Young Munster 18-3 W10
25 Jan UCD 29-25 W11
15 Feb Ballynahinch 16-5 W12
21 Feb Fri. UCC 16-12 W13
29 Feb Dublin Univ 27-0 W14
14 Mar Terenure H PP  
21 Mar Lansdowne A PP  
28 Mar Clontarf H PP  
18 Apr Garryowen A PP  

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