Cork Con maul way to big win over Ballynahinch

Cork Constitution brought Ballynahinch’s two-match winning run to a shuddering halt by hammering the hosts 38-3 at Ballymacarn Park in this Ulster Bank League Division 1A clash.

The Ballynahinch forwards struggled to stop the Leesiders’ rolling maul, and a 12-man effort helped Con on their way to a 17-0 half-time.

Indeed, four of their five tries were scored by forwards with number 8 and captain James Ryan crashing over twice, openside James Murphy scoring just after the break and young hooker Max Abbott grabbing his second in at many games. Replacement scrum half Jason Higgins also scored.

The result keeps sixth-placed Con within reach of the play-off positions, while bottom side ‘Hinch remain two points behind fellow strugglers Terenure.

Elsewhere, Lansdowne’s man-of-the-match Scott Deasy nailed a 76th minute penalty to ensure a share of the spoils with Garryowen (16-16) at Dooradoyle.

A lone second-half penalty from Gearoid Lyons was enough for Young Munster to close out a tight 14-11 win away to misfiring Old Belvedere.

Fast-finishing UCD hit Galwegians with 20 unanswered points as the Division 1A leaders gained a 33-15 victory at the Belfield Bowl.

Three unconverted tries from in-form full-back John Cleary, Ed O’Keeffe and Marc Kelly had ’Wegians leading 15-13 early in the second-half. However, the students found an extra gear in the final quarter with winger Tom Fletcher, replacement Charlie Cregan and centre Conall Doherty all touching down.

The bonus point success has Noel McNamara’s youngsters five clear of Clontarf at the summit. ’Tarf were 18-14 winners over Terenure College on Friday night.

Meanwhile, in Division 1B, Ballymena suffered a significant setback in the race for promotion as they went down 15-12 to leaders St. Mary’s College. The Dubliners struck in injury-time for a decisive maul try from young hooker Hugo Kean.

Dublin University leapfrogged Ballymena into second by beating Belfast Harlequins 22-11, bagging a bonus point through out-half Jack McDermott’s late try at wet and windy Deramore Park.

Having beaten high-flying Ballymena last week, Buccaneers were brought back down to earth by a 32-22 home defeat to Dolphin.

The Corkmen muscled over for four tries in the midlands through prop Brian Scott, number 8 John Fitzgerald and hooker Rory O’Connor (2).

UL Bohemians did all of their scoring in the first-half as they overcame Blackrock College for a much-needed 20-15 win at Annacotty while just two points separated Old Wesley and Shannon at the end of a lively floodlit encounter at Donnybrook.

A 15-point blitz between the 47th and 77th minutes, including tries from Iain McGann and Billy Ngawini, had Wesley leading 20-13, but they endured a nail-biting finish as Shannon’s Shane Airey failed to convert his injury-time try.


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