Saturday 17 March 2018

Classy students ease past Belvo

Ed O'Keeffe touched down against his former club. Photo: James Crombie
Ed O'Keeffe touched down against his former club. Photo: James Crombie Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ulster Bank Division 1A League leaders UCD defeated Old Belvedere for the third time in recent weeks as a three-try salvo steered the students to a terrific 23-6 victory at Anglesea Road for a fifth win on the trot.

Ed O'Keeffe touched down against his former club and flanker Marc Kelly bagged a brace of tries as Galwegians scored a 15-12 win over Young Munster.

James McInerney scored the only try as Garryowen beat Clontarf 10-3 at Dooradoyle.

Lansdowne got back on track with a 29-24 bonus-point triumph over bottom side Ballynahinch.

Tomas Quinlan contributed 12 points off the bench, including the bonus point try, as Cork Constitution defeated Terenure College 32-22.

A 38-13 bonus point win at home was a fitting way for St. Mary's College to pay tribute to departing head coach Peter Smyth as they completed a double over Belfast Harlequins. Number 8 Mark Fallon scored two of the Division 1B leaders' five tries.

Ballymena blew promotion rivals Old Wesley away in a 48-0 demolition job at Eaton Park to stay just two points behind leaders St. Mary's College. Winger James Beattie ran in two of their seven tries.

Blackrock College staged a two-try comeback to squeeze past Dolphin on a 14-13 scoreline at Stradbrook, with a touchline conversion from out-half Peter Quirke proving crucial.

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