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.
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.