Sunday 22 January 2017

McKinney steadies students

Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00

THOUGH Queen's wound up winning comfortably, they failed to maintain their usual high standards against Banbridge at Upper Malone on Saturday.

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The students did not play like a side that finished top of Division 3, setting an AIL record by scoring 580 points from their 15 games as they completed their programme with only one defeat -- against Midleton in the first game of the season.

It was a rather flattering scoreline as their forwards were outplayed for most of the game, so there will need to be a considerable improvement before the final against Nenagh Ormond in Dublin on Saturday.

Queen's were only 22-17 in front at half-way, but gradually gained the upper hand. Ireland U-20 out-half John McKinney again produced an excellent performance, playing a big part in many of the six tries -- from Johnny Shiels (two), David McIlwaine, Paul Karayiannis, Mark Robinson and Andy Linton -- as well as kicking three conversions and a penalty.

Chris Leathem scored two tries for Banbridge, with Michael Cromie also crossing.

Queen's Univ -- D McIlwaine; S Campbell, M Hooks, J Shiels, M Arneill; J McKinney, M Pyper; P Karayiannis, M Boyd, M Sampson; M Ferguson, A Linton; P McGowan, M Robinson, C O'Neill.

Banbridge - S Scott; D Black, A Ervine, A Finlay, C Leathem; R Thompson, N Farr; M Cromie, J Murphy, B Hanna, C Allen, C Bickerstaff; R Patterson, S Irvine, M Irvine.

Ref -- P Haycock.

Irish Independent

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