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AIL Division Two: Five-star D’Arcy shines as Ballynahinch go on rampage

It was a day of useful returns for most Ulster clubs with bonus point wins being secured in Division Two by Ballynahinch - who rattled up 64 points - Belfast Harlequins and Ballymena while, in Division 1B, Dungannon managed their third consecutive AIL victory.

Indeed, the Tyrone side had to rely on a late Paddy Jackson drop goal to give them the four points over Lansdowne, at Stevenson Park, with the out half’s strike avoiding what looked like a certain draw to give ’Gannon the game 21-18.

Jackson ended the afternoon scoring 11 points with ’Gannon’s tries coming from Paul Magee and Mark Farquhar.

Division Two leaders Ballynahinch stretched their unbeaten run to five games with their 10 try annihilation of Thomond at Ballymacarn Park. Ulster player Adam D’Arcy led the way by crossing the visitors’ line five times in their 64-3 romp.

Elsewhere, Ballymena — who had Dan Tuohy in their ranks — got back to winning ways with a useful 35-16 win at bottom club Clonakilty with tries from Martin Irwin, Jonny Shiels, Davy O’Hara and Paul Pritchard paving the way for their result.

Belfast Harlequins also bounced back from their previous reverse at UCD by getting the better of visitors Old Wesley 28-16. Michael Heaney scored twice for Quins whose win was also garnished by tries from Neil McComb and Robert Logan.

An error-strewn performance from Queen’s University only brought the students a 15-15 draw at Terenure, tries from Ian Henderson and David McGuigan ensuring they managed to escape Dublin with two points.

As for Malone, they were the only Ulster side to experience that losing feeling as their journey to Corinthians ended with the Galway side prevailing 16-0.

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