Quinlan puts the boot in to derail Lansdowne
Tomás Quinlan’s unerring left boot condemned Ulster Bank League Division 1A leaders Lansdowne to only their second defeat of the season as Cork Constitution triumphed 25-13 at Temple Hill yesterday afternoon.
Quinlan’s classy 20-point haul from the tee proved vital as third-placed Cork Con kept pace with their play-off rivals. Lansdowne still have an eight-point lead at the top– followed by Terenure College (49 points) and Con (47) – and have one hand on a home semi-final berth.
Constitution second-row Brian Hayes muscled through for an opening 11th-minute try. Young number 10 Quinlan also landed two first-half penalties which Scott Deasy matched, keeping Lansdowne in contention at 13-6 down at half-time.
Surefooted penalty strikes from Quinlan after 42, 46 and 53 minutes extended the lead. Lansdowne’s Greg McGrath responded with a converted 70th-minute try, but Quinlan had the final say with another place-kick.
Meanwhile, Terenure kept hold of second place by dispatching Garryowen 29-13 at Dooradoyle yesterday in what was the Light Blues’ first defeat in four rounds. Garryowen hit the front with an early penalty from Neil Cronin, but James O’Donoghue and Marc Hiney both touched down for a 15-6 Terenure lead at the break. Robbie Smyth and Jake Swaine added their sixth tries of the campaign, and ’Nure kept the Limerick side out while down to 14 men. A 70th-minute try from Sean Rennison was Garryowen’s only consolation.
Banbridge defeated Ballymena 22-5 to climb to Division 1B’s summit. Adam Doherty scored 12 points, including a 30th-minute try, as Bann leapfrogged over Ballynahinch and Shannon, who will play their rescheduled games at later dates.