Friday 22 September 2017

Lane double puts Cork Con in driving seat as Bohs face drop

Ail round-up

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

A five-try demolition of UL Bohemians saw Cork Constitution book a home AIL semi-final at Annacotty on Saturday.

The AIB Cup champions used their game in hand to good effect, with powerful winger Richie Lane crossing for two tries, with Munster's Stephen Archer and Tom Gleeson joining David O'Driscoll on the scoresheet.

The 33-5 win confirms Bohs' relegation to Division 1B next season after they slipped to the 10th defeat of a disappointing season, Harry de Stacpoole scoring their sole try.

Garryowen's hopes of joining Con in the play-offs sank without trace at Dooradoyle as Ireland U-20 star Andrew Conway scored a crucial try in Blackrock's 18-11 win.

That result means Clontarf are likely to join Bohs in 1B as 'Rock effectively secured their status by extending their lead over the northsiders to five points. Points difference means that it would take a ludicrous set of scorelines in next week's final round to save Bernard Jackman's charges from relegation.

Bruff captain Brian Cahill held his nerve to nail the last kick of the game to secure promotion to Division 1B for the Limerick club.

Mid-table Malone weren't rolling over, and it took Cahill's late kick to put his side back in front after Mark Hill's 72nd minute try and keep Bruff's rapid rise through the ranks on track to the delight of the home crowd.

Having blazed their way to promotion, Lansdowne have taken their foot off the pedal -- Old Crescent were able to beat them 14-12 and stay up.

Terenure's 36-19 win over UCD may have put them up to third, but it's too late to catch the runaway top two, while the mid-table battle between Corinthians and Belfast Harlequins saw the Galwaymen run out 22-11 winners.

Irish Independent

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