Deasy haunts con to keep Lansdowne flying high
Defending AIL Division 1A champions Cork Constitution suffered their second defeat of the season as Lansdowne's Scott Deasy came back to haunt them.
The out-half bagged 19 points in Lansdowne's 24-10 home win as they stayed within two points of leaders Terenure.
Deasy's hat-trick of penalties and centre Fergal Cleary's try - in response to a touchdown from Ned Hodson - gave Mike Ruddock's men a 14-5 half-time lead. Kevin O'Byrne scored Con's second try, but Deasy's fourth penalty and his own converted try maintained Lansdowne's unbeaten start.
Backs coach James Downey was back in the Clontarf side as they returned to winning ways with a 26-6 bonus-point victory at home to Buccaneers.
Leinster hooker Bryan Byrne was one of 'Tarf's four try-scorers. Downey (36), who has dual status as Monkstown player-coach in the Leinster Junior League, played 80 minutes at centre in his first outing for 'Tarf in 11 years.
Two-try out-half Mark O'Neill was the star for Terenure in their 27-20 win over Garryowen. Leinster prop Oisin Heffernan added a try to O'Neill's 22-point haul, while JP Phelan's score helped Garryowen earn a losing bonus point.
Dublin University erased a 14-point deficit to beat Young Munster 21-17 at Tom Clifford Park.
Ending their winless start to the campaign, Trinity had second half tries from David St Leger and Jack Fitzpatrick, along with 11 points from the boot of Tommy Whittle.