Constitution finally get off mark

Cork Constitution enjoyed their first league success as tries from Rob Jermyn and Tomás Quinlan saw them beat Ballynahinch 23-16 at Temple Hill.

Leinster Academy speedster Adam Byrne helped himself to two tries in UCD’s 32-12 bonus point defeat of Dolphin at Belfield. Conor McKeon was the hero for Lansdowne as his nerveless injury-time penalty decided Saturday’s low-scoring Division 1A top of the table clash with Clontarf beaten 9-6. The Ireland U20 playerkicked Mike Ruddock’s charges to their third straight Ulster Bank League win — and their second of the month on the Aviva Stadium’s main pitch. The result ended Tarf’s winning start to the new campaign. The hosts broke the deadlock in the fifth minute when out-half Scott Deasy slotted a penalty. Deasy’s opposite number David Joyce levelled via a 15th minute penalty and he expertly split the posts again to give the Bulls a slender 6-3 interval advantage.

The introduction of underage internationals Dylan Donnellan and McKeon helped give Lansdowne fresh impetus during Brian Moylett’s sin-binning, although McKeon missed his first shot at the posts. He was on target from a more central position in the 67th minute to square things up between the last two league title winners.

In a nerve-wracking finale, referee Andy Brace awarded two penalties to ’Tarf on the hosts’ 22n but Joyce failed to convert either.

The headquarters club then built a platform to snatch a last-gasp victory, McKeon doing the needful with his final place-kick two minutes into injury-time.

St. Mary’s College won at the third attempt when edging out hosts Old Belvedere 14-10 in a Dublin derby at Anglesea Road. A first half try from winger Conor Toolan was bolstered by a penalty try and two Gavin Dunne conversions. In-form Terenure tore Young Munster apart in a 42-0 demolition job at their Lakelands Park fortress.

Terenure ran in six tries — including a third of the campaign for winger Shane Donovan — as they went top of the table, level on 13 points with Lansdowne but with a superior +60 scoring difference.

Division 1B leaders Galwegians have young replacement Ciarán Gaffney to thank for their dramatic late 13-10 win over UL Bohemians at Crowley Park. The Ireland U20 international had the final say with a drop goal in the 82nd minute. Second-placed Ballymena continued on the right road with a 24-12 win at home to struggling Dublin Univ, new full-back Sean Taylor — the former Preston Grasshoppers player — running in a brace of tries.

Out-half Jamie Gavin’s 13-point haul helped Garryowen beat Corinthians 23-18 at Dooradoyle, while Buccaneers number 10 Alan Gaughan tallied up 17 points in their 27-17 defeat of Shannon at Coonagh.

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