Thursday 12 December 2019

Duke seals fightback as Terenure survive UCD examination

Ulster Bank League round-up

Back-rower Robert Duke charged in a converted try in the closing minutes to put Terenure seven points clear at the top of the table. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
Back-rower Robert Duke charged in a converted try in the closing minutes to put Terenure seven points clear at the top of the table. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
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UCD threatened to end Terenure College's long-standing 28-match winning streak last night before the Division 1A leaders stamped their authority on the side's Belfield clash to win 26-17.

Unbeaten in league fare since February 2013, Terenure fell 17-8 behind with little over 16 minutes remaining; UCD had built a 12-3 interval lead on the back of tries from scrum-half Nick McCarthy and winger Sam Coghlan Murray.

Although hit back with a James Thornton penalty and Stephen O'Neill try, UCD were clinical again when Adam Byrne ran a kick back with interest and Risteard Byrne set up Coghlan Murray's second try of the night.

But James Blaney's Terenure somehow found their way out of a deepening hole, Mark O'Neill coming on to kick a settling penalty. The students showed their first signs of creaking as Stephen O'Neill sent winger James O'Donoghue down the touchline for a 73rd-minute try, making it 17-16.

Three minutes later, the visitors led for the first time when replacement Alex Dunlop got his offload away for fellow back-rower Robert Duke to charge in for a converted try.

MERCILESSLY

Mark O'Neill mercilessly added a penalty in the final minute to deny UCD a bonus point they deserved. The hard-fought victory has Terenure seven points clear at the top of the table.

Clontarf's hopes of retaining their title took a further dent as Danny Riordan's late drop-goal gave Old Belvedere a 20-17 comeback win.

Converted tries from Ariel Robles and Matt D'Arcy had put Clontarf 17-3 clear, but Belvo found an extra gear to work Charlie Rock and Adam Howard over for tries.

Josh Glynn's second conversion tied things up before full-back Riordan stepped forward to condemn 'Tarf to their third defeat in six games.

The Leeside derby between Dolphin and Cork Constitution was a try-less affair as Stuart Lee landed a late levelling penalty for the hosts in a 6-6 draw at Irish Independent Park.

Con veteran Darragh Lyons kicked a penalty in each half, as did Lee.

Meanwhile, Lansdowne issued a serious statement of intent at Templeville Road, winning 38-20 to condemn St Mary's to their fifth defeat of the season.

The visitors led 14-10 at the break, with tries from Cian Kelleher and Aaron Conneely against one from Nick Timoney.

Tom Farrell and Eoghan Quinn touched down to secure the bonus point, and further tries followed from Stephen Gardiner and Farrell. Cathal Marsh got a consolation try for Mary's.

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