Injuries add to Malone woes as UCC triumph
Malone not only lost to UCC 33-21 in 2A but in the process suffered a number of injuries to add to their tale of woe.
Five players were taken off and after running out of replacements, scrum-half Shane Kelly was brought back on to make up the numbers. The Gibson Park outfit have little time to heal their wounds as they face Belfast Harlequins in the First Trust Senior Cup quarter-finals on Saturday and then it's back to the AIL again at home to Thomond.
Their CMO Raymond Thomas was pleased with the way his team fought back after trailing 33-7. "Despite the disruption caused by the injuries, we rallied and could have clinched a losing bonus point," he added.
It was a terrible start for the visitors in Cork as they conceded a Baude Guillaume in the first minute but levelled after 10 minutes when Mark O'Connor goaled a Richard Miller try. Overall they gave away far too many penalties and the home full-back Kevin O'Keeffe took full advantage with three on target as well as contributing a try and two conversions. Malone's late surge was rewarded with converted tries from Neil Alcorn and Rory Campbell.
Also in the Division Banbridge remain league leaders following their 27-13 home success against Nenagh/Ormond while Queen's lost for the second successive week, against Skerries 20-19 even though they scored three tries.
City of Derry are the only unbeaten team in 2B after they recorded their second convincing win over Armagh at Judge's Road 35-17.
Results 2A: UCC 33 Malone 21, Banbridge 27 Nenagh/Ormond 13, Queen's 19 Skerries 20. 2B: City of Derry 35 Armagh 17, Highfield 36 Dungannon 7, Rainey 6 Sunday's Well 10