Saturday 17 March 2018

Doherty shines for UCD as Quinlan leads way for Cork Con


Byrne: Bagged two tries for UCD
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Conall Doherty contributed 15 points as impressive UCD enjoyed a 35-3 bonus-point hammering of Galwegians.

Leinster's Adam Byrne was also in terrific form and chipped in with two tries in the students' first win in three Ulster Bank League outings.

Munster Academy youngster Tomas Quinlan kicked 22 points as Cork Constitution saw dug deep to get the better of a dogged Ballynahinch outfit on a 32-23 scoreline at Temple Hill. The 20-year-old converted first-half tries from Darragh Lyons and James Murphy and booted six penalties.

Defending Division 1A champions Lansdowne had a 17-10 triumph at home to Garryowen, as captain Scott Deasy's late penalty clinched an important result.

Young Munster beat Old Belvedere 20-18 at Tom Clifford Park. Munsters stormed out of the blocks, thanks to a third-minute try from winger James O'Connor.

They led 15-11 at the break, with Ireland Sevens international Gearoid Lyons kicking a penalty and converting Dan Goggin's try. Lyons gathered his own box-kick to send Goggin over.

Into the second half, replacement Michael Vaughan gave the Limerick men some breathing space with a try. A Belvedere penalty try, which Willie Staunton converted, set up a tense finish, but the Cookies dug deep to prevail by two points.

St Mary's College produced a terrific final-quarter display to record a 26-18 victory over Ballymena at Templeville Road and replace the Braidmen at the summit of Division 1B.

Ulster lock Alan O'Connor scored one of the visitors' tries, but a run of 13 unanswered points, including a Tom O'Reilly try, got Mary's over the line.

UL Bohemians picked up just their second win in six league games as Jamie McNamara's brace of tries helped them edge out Blackrock College 21-14 at Stradbrook.

Dolphin survived six minutes of injury-time to make it back-to-back wins, with 12-point star Rory Scannell steering them past Buccaneers 24-23 at Irish Independent Park.

Dublin University leapfrogged Buccs into fourth place, courtesy of a 26-12 success against Belfast Harlequins at College Park. They ran in three second-half tries through Seb Fromm, Tom Ryan and Conor Kearns.

Tadhg Bennett recaptured his best kicking form as his 20-point tally helped Shannon to a 25-17 victory over Old Wesley on Thomond Park's back pitch.

Bennett made it a happy Halloween for Marcus Horan's young squad by landing six penalty goals and converting centre Will Leonard's 26th-minute try.

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