BALLYNAHINCH 13 UCD 47, Ballymacarn Park

UCD were in seventh heaven at Ballymacarn Park where their evasive backs ran riot against a disappointing Ballynahinch side, carving them open for a 47-13 bonus point win in Ulster Bank League Division 1A.

Former Ireland Under-20 internationals Peadar Timmins and Barry Daly scored a brace each as Noel McNamara's young side tallied up seven tries - an ideal response to last week's narrow home defeat to Clontarf.

Replacement James McBriar converted his own 75th-minute try for 'Hinch, who trailed 22-6 at the break, but the visitors were cruising at that stage with Jamie Glynn, Adam Byrne and Nick McCarthy also touching down.

Tom Daly held his nerve to convert a long range 79th-minute penalty and give Lansdowne a share of the spoils - 22-22 - away to Division 1A rivals Cork Constitution.

Cork Con dominated the first half at Temple Hill, putting the defending champions under intense pressure with powerful forwards Brian Hayes and Luke Cahill claiming a try apiece.

Trailing 16-3 at the break, Mike Ruddock's men responded in impressive fashion to close the gap. Scott Deasy, the former Cork Con and Munster out-half, and Daly both touched down as the Leesiders' lead was completely erased. Tomas Quinlan kicked a drop goal and penalty, sandwiching a Deasy three-pointer, but Ireland Sevens captain Daly had the final say to seal the draw.

Terenure College produced a superior second half display at Lakelands Park as they reeled in Galwegians to claim their opening win of the Division 1A campaign.

'Wegians, the conquerors of Cork Con last week, led 9-5 at the interval thanks to three Aidan Moynihan penalties which cancelled out Harry Moore's early try in the corner.

The introduction of Graham Coffey off the 'Nure bench, combined with the sin-binning of 'Wegians young lock Sean O'Brien, saw the Dubliners lift the tempo and an Oisin Heffernan try and Stephen O'Neill penalty made it 15-9.

Although centre Brian Murphy also saw yellow for the westerners, they hung in there as a 70th-minute penalty try cancelled out an Eoin Joyce effort. 'Wegians did add a late try through Paddy Finn, but an intercept score from James O'Donoghue and an O'Neill injury-time penalty sealed the result for 'Nure.


DOLPHIN 10 BALLYMENA 37, Irish Independent Park
Centre Callum Patterson made it three tries in two games as his brace helped Ballymena see off Dolphin's challenge 37-10 at Irish Independent Park today.

Leading 10-3 early in the second half, Dolphin were left stunned as the Braidmen went up through the gears to register 27 unanswered points. The Dolphin pack had forced a penalty try before the break with Cian McGovern kicking their other points.

But Ritchie McMaster and new scrum half John Creighton pulled the strings at half-back as Ballymena went on to dominate. Their five tries were shared out by backs Jordan Foster, Rodger McBurney, Glen Baillie and Patterson (2). Notably, former Ulster and Ireland prop Bryan Young started at hooker for the visitors, with Ulster U-20 captain Adam McBurney and James Taggart both unavailable.

The concession of two late Mark Best tries could not take the gloss off a galvanising 20-18 Division 1B victory for UL Bohemians away to Belfast Harlequins.

It was Bohs' first league success under new head coach Gearoid Prendergast who had watched his troops slump 33-5 to Old Wesley in the opening round. But the Limerick outfit were much improved at Deramore Park where they built an early 10-0 lead.

A third minute try from Ireland Sevens squad member Cian Aherne boosted their confidence with full-back Rick McKenna converting. McKenna, who finished with 10 points, also added the extras to hooker Kevin O'Byrne's 60th-minute score before 'Quins hit back for a bonus point.

In a brilliant advertisement for Division 1B rugby, Old Wesley staged a remarkable second half comeback to beat Buccaneers 42-38 at Donnybrook. The sides finished with five tries each, with Barry McLaughlin's place-kicking haul of 17 points proving the difference in the end for Wesley.

The Dubliners' defence was all at sea as Buccs turned around with a 35-17 advantage, their run of tries including a cross-field kick effort and an intercept. Winger Rory O'Connor bagged a brace to take his league tally to three.

Familiar with the artificial surface from his Lansdowne days, out-half Conor McKeon was key to a number of the Pirates' best moves and kicked five conversions. However, his drop goal was Buccs' only second half score as Wesley seized control, with tries from Rory Stynes, Billy Ngawini and James Burton, allied to McLaughlin's accuracy off the tee, inspiring them to a thrilling win.

Blackrock College continued their excellent start to life in Division 1B with a second victory on the bounce away to Shannon (21-16).

'Rock did most of the damage in the first half, building a 14-8 lead thanks to tries from elusive backs Hugo Harbinson and Sean Coughlan. Young lock Frank Bradshaw-Ryan's brilliant break played in full-back Ronan McKenna for a late Shannon response.

A close-in lineout saw the visiting forwards maul their way over with second row Cillian Duff touching down and Jack O'Carroll notching his third conversion. That put the game beyond Shannon's reach, although they did pick up a bonus point courtesy of a Sean McCarthy try and a 76th minute penalty from Shane Airey, the ex-UL Bohs out-half.