They showed little respect to St Mary’s College at Musgrave Park on Saturday and for Ford, it was a performance long overdue.
Barry Keeshan put the Cork side 6-0 up at the break with two penalties, before he added another penalty and drop goal in the second-half. Mark Sexton’s try and Ray Crotty’s late penalty were not enough to stop St Mary’s sliding off the top.
That demotion was due to Clontarf’s expected 25-13 win over Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road, a result that virtually confirms the champions will be playing in Division 1B next season.
Cork Constitution comfortably triumphed over Blackrock 43-6 at Temple Hill adding even more interest to their meeting with Clontarf next weekend. Con’s big win combined with Lansdowne’s heavy defeat by Garryowen at Dooradoyle means the Cork club moves up from fifth to fourth, while Lansdowne swap places.
Belfast Harlequins continue to set the pace in Division 1B with a bonus point 44-17 win over Dungannon at Stevenson Park. Ballymena also managed to score four tries for a bonus point win (27-22) over Galwegians at Crowley Park and are just a single point adrift.
Buccanneers fell off the pace somewhat when they lost at home to UL Bohemian, the Limerick side scoring the only tries in a 15-19 win.
It has been a tough season for UCC but they produced the shock result of the campaign with a 13-12 win over fourth placed Ballynahinch. The Ulster club retains that position but UL Bohs have moved to within two points of them.
Both sides scored two tries at the Mardyke, the students coming from Denis Hurley and Johnny McCarthy, as well as a penalty from Luke Duffy. Ballynahinch scored tries from Jerry Cronin and Jonny Graham and had a penalty from James Lash who led 12-5 at the break.