Tuesday 28 March 2017

Quinlan keeps Cork Con on home track

Cork Constitutions will finish the regular season in the top four of Division 1A Stock photo: Sportsfile
Cork Constitutions will finish the regular season in the top four of Division 1A Stock photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Cork Constitution's quest for a home draw in the play-offs remains alive after a tight 15-13 triumph over dethroned champions Lansdowne.

Results on Friday night ensured that Brian Hickey's men will finish the regular season in the top four of Division 1A. However, they were made to work for this away victory, a 10-point salvo from in-form full-back Tomas Quinlan helping them take the spoils.

It is advantage Terenure College in the scrap to avoid the relegation play-off spot in the top flight.

'Nure now have a four-point lead over second-from-bottom Galwegians heading into the final round on April 16, following a hard-earned 14-10 success in Glenina.

The game's pivotal moment came in the 74th minute when a stray pass was intercepted by Terenure winger Jake Swaine who had the pace to finish off and convert his own try.

Bottom side Ballynahinch got the better of title contenders UCD, winning a closely-fought encounter 15-10 at the Belfield Bowl. First-half tries from backs Robin Harte and Chris Quinn inspired 'Hinch to a vital win, which has them five points behind Galwegians.

Derek Suffern's men can still mathematically avoid automatic relegation. They need to hammer Garryowen on the last day and hope that 'Wegians go down heavily at Cork Con.

Led by man of the match and 13-point hero Barry Keeshan, Dolphin dug deep to edge out promotion hopefuls Ballymena 23-22 at Eaton Park.

The battle to avoid the Division 1B relegation play-offs will go down to the final round, with just two points currently separating Blackrock College (ninth), UL Bohemians (eighth), Dolphin (seventh) and Shannon (sixth).

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