Lansdowne run riot against UCC

Lansdowne 61 UCC 13

Lansdowne 61 UCC 13

Wanting to pull out a big performance to honour their late clubman Moss Keane, Lansdowne secured the result of the weekend when defeating UCC 61-13 in their first game on the new back pitch at the Aviva Stadium.

Keane had played for both clubs and a very well respected minute's silence was held before this afternoon's All-Ireland League Division 1B encounter.

Out-half Andrew Burke, the division's top scorer after the opening weekend, kicked a penalty and converted his own try to move UCC into a 10-6 lead.

But on an eventful afternoon, Burke added a second penalty before being sin-binned. Lansdowne seized their opportunity to hit back with a lovely converted try from scrum half.

Lansdowne built on their 16-13 interval advantage, stringing together an incredible seven tries as they ripped the Cork students apart in the second period.

Cooney completed his brace, wingers Matt Healy (2) and David Kearney also crossed the whitewash, as did flanker Willie Earle and out-half Eoghan Hickey.

Hickey, the former Leinster and Munster player, kicked six conversions and three penalties for a 26-point personal haul.

The eighth and final try fell to inside centre Shane Gahan.


Lansdowne: Tries: John Cooney 2, David Kearney, Matt Healy 2, Eoghan Hickey, Willie Earle, Shane Gahan; Cons: Eoghan Hickey 6; Pens: Eoghan Hickey 3

UCC: Try: Andrew Burke; Con: Andrew Burke; Pens: Andrew Burke 2

Dungannon 19 UL Bohemians 23

Dungannon blew a half-time lead as UL Bohemians battled their way to their first win of the All-Ireland League season.

Three successful penalties from young out-half Paddy Jackson had Dungannon leading by 9-5 at half-time at Stevenson Park.

The hosts' back-three of Conor Gaston, Craig Gilroy and Chris Cochrane carried a very live threat, while Ulster's Ryan Caldwell and Thomas Anderson impressed up front.

But UL managed to turn things in their favour in the second half, helped by a stellar collective display from their back row.

Flanker Tommy O'Donnell and number 8 Kieran Essex grabbed a try apiece, adding to an effort from tricky winger Darren Moroney.

Gaston did manage to get on the scoresheet for the second week running, but penalties from JJ Hanrahan and replacement Kevin Flanagan helped the visitors get over the finish line.


Dungannon: Try: Conor Gaston; Con: Paddy Jackson; Pens: Paddy Jackson 4

UL Bohemians: Tries: Tommy O'Donnell, Kieran Essex, Darren Moroney; Con: JJ Hanrahan; Pens: JJ Hanrahan, Kevin Flanagan

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